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Meeting with Franklin Po

Maija Kovari

Are there opportunities for artists inside the design field? - Well, it's up to us. Join the discussion with me and one of the most successful architects in Singapore, Franklin Po.

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Meeting with the Public Art Trust

Maija Kovari

From tax incentives for developers, to creating moments for young local artists to shine - a look into the public art practices of Singapore with the Public Art Trust, an initiative by the National Arts Council.

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Meeting with Tobias Baur

Maija Kovari

Why do we need art in urban areas? What is art for anyway? Would a vampire make a good urban planner?

... and other questions about art as part of urban planning and landscape architecture

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Who is writing this and why?

Maija Kovari

This research project on the public art scene in Singapore is an independent study conducted by artist & architect Maija Kovari (read her bio here), during October 2016. In this one month project, she will study the local public art on site and meet professionals in contemporary art and urban planning. The project has received funding from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, and Greta & William Lehtisen Säätiö.

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Have no idea about Finland / Singapore? Here are the basics

Maija Kovari

In general, both Finland and Singapore are highly developed, well maintained, law abiding and safe countries, with relatively small populations and high standards of living. The first time I came here, I instantly felt like home. Everything is just so practical and clear. But without getting further into cultural analysis, since there might be some who know close to nothing about the other country, here are some facts to put you on the map.

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Why art in cities matters? My views on this

Maija Kovari

I feel very strongly, that in the future of our cities, not only functionality, but an ability to create meaning and a feeling of belonging will separate the cities that thrive from those that fall. I wonder, if art could be one of the solutions to creating cities that unite the increasingly culturally mixed populations, showing us our similarities and shared humanity? If so, how could both the art world and the world of city planning be better adapt for collaboration?

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