Housing Development Box
Exhibited: National Design Center, 2018
Housing Development Box is an educational construction game that foster children’s interests in Singapore’s past and present through architecture. It encourages meaningful intergenerational exchange.The project includes historical research, identifying key architectural typologies within the context of Singapore’s housing history: Malay stilt houses, Black and White houses, Shophouses and Early HDBs. The game is developed based on accurate references to the four types of houses and is meant to have children learn about the transition from traditional to modern architecture through play. With a selection of four distinctly different types of architectures, each set is easily separated and reassembled in different combinations. Children may use the toy to construct a traditional looking house or to use their imagination to create something entirely unique. An integral part of the design strategy is the creation of educational materials, consisting of both printed and augmented reality components to be used on I-Pads. The meaningful use of technology makes history learning engaging for children, parents and grandparents.
A series of houses
Housing development box is a series of games, each revolving around 1 of 4 types of architecture significant to Singapore's housing history, with augmented reality components added to encourage children's learning through play. Each set contains a few types of components, blocks, an activity booklet, play mat, tactile material and packaging.
All blocks are designed to be interchangeable between sets (I.e. blocks from the HDB can be used alongside that from the shop house), encouraging children to explore and create. When used alongside a smart device, the user can explore the interior of the houses and interact with the people living within the house. In future developments, the children will get to help residents solve puzzles relating to actual historical events.
The activity booklet contains supplementary materials to help aid the learning, the use of interesting activities and of augmented reality meant that audio and visual materials such as videos, audio clips and photos can be easily shared with the audience.
Play Mat (Doubles as the sleeve of the packaging) & Pacakaging
The play mat allows the user to discover the area surrounding the house, it also doubles as the sleeve of the packaging. Paired with the packaging it allows for easy storage of the sets and while also describing the facade of the buildings.