Lekker Architects

Lekker Architects is a “deep” research and design agency. It works on funded studies that explore architecture as a medium for social engagement — that is, how environments can tell stories and communicate emotions, encourage activity and empower people. These are focused mainly in the areas of experiential spaces (including those for education and inclusion), design for children and for ageing and dementia. Its research is granted by national agencies, and in partnership with institutions such as the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities. Its research projects typically result in quantitative and qualitative data, prototypes and reports. 

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Q&A with Ong Ker Shing & Joshua Comaroff, Lekker Architects: Design is a means to an end

Q&A with Ong Ker Shing & Joshua Comaroff, Lekker Architects: Design is a means to an end

Lekker Architects was specially commissioned to do an installation for Singapore Design Week 2023 and you came up with FI&LD. Please give a short summary of what it is about and what you would like visitors to take away after experiencing it. FI&LD is an interactive exhibition exploring the state of practice in inclusive design, celebrating creativity for a diversity of human bodies and minds. It includes interactive experiences, a showcase of amazing projects and curated events (as well as some introductory orientation to this area of creative practice). Why the concept of “FI&LD”? We are using the language of sports because FI&LD explores inclusive play as a way for designers and the public to think about inclusivity more generally. The sports field is a metaphor for the design field: if we can find an enabling and flexible set of rules, we can better play together because of our differences. FI&LD reimagines the sports field — a familiar space for fun, games and interactions — as a model for inclusion. We think of this inclusive space as an area of…