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Cubes 102: Rethink, Reinvent is out now!

What do we want from our built environment? How can we create quality places that people want to live, work, play, and learn in? Cubes 102 is a wide-reaching investigation into placemaking.

Cubes 102: Rethink, Reinvent is out now!

On the cover of Cubes 102 is Bund Post Office designed by Yatofu Creatives. It pushes the boundaries of the traditional post office with contemporary retail and meaningful programming. Photography by Wen Studio.

Welcome to this issue of Cubes – my first at its helm – and its first as an Annual edition. While we may no longer come to you multiple times a year, our mission as the voice of design in Singapore and Asia remains stronger than ever. In fact, as an Annual we have been given a unique opportunity to cast our net wide and dig deep to curate the best projects, most thought-provoking conversations and most progressive ideas.

Cubes 102 Rethink Reinvent - Beta Cinema by Module K
Beta Cinema by Module K is doused in a kaleidoscope of colours that have been designed to appeal to millennials with its Saigon vibe and architectural vocabulary. Photography by Do Sy.

Across the globe, our architecture and design community is continually reassessing our goals and recalibrating our efforts to meet the demands of society. Change is a constant but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought an accelerated rate of change to the way we live, work and play.

Cubes 102 Rethink Reinvent - Ksaraah by Taliesyn_cc Harshan Thomson
Ksaraah by Taliesyn features an eighty-foot-long Pavilion that is open to all including the local villagers. The Pavilion has been used as a classroom by the local school and hosted a play as part of the annual village function. Photography by Harshan Thomson.

Fittingly, our theme for issue 102, Rethink, Reinvent, recognises the importance of creating quality places that reflect the essence of the people who inhabit and use them. We all want to dwell in a comfortable environment that makes us happy. We all want agile workplaces that improve productivity and well-being. Importantly, we all want to have a sense of belonging.

Cubes 102 Rethink Reinvent - Doonya by JIA Studios_The CHA Project_The Shelter Company
(L-R) Jackie Lai of JIA Studios, Samuel Vedanaigam of The Shelter Project and Rinkoo Bhowmik of The CHA Project band forces to create Doonya, a modular, full-facility, solar-powered shop and home designed to provide better living conditions for the marginalised in urban cities. Photography by Juliana Tan.

Our built environment affects us far more than we give them credit for; all the more we should have these conversations:


How can bricks and mortar become a framework for cultivating connection and meaning?


How do we design livable cities that ensure the relevance and viability of precincts and destinations?


What is the greater ecosystem that architecture and design needs to be part of when it comes to placemaking?


We investigate these matters by taking a broad view across workplaces, hospitality and retail spaces, institutional buildings and residential projects, and speak to the urban heroes who are innovating in this space.

Cubes 102 Rethink Reinvent - Hafary Gallery by Park + Associates
Park + Associates has crafted a journey for creative discovery and exploration in the new and expanded Hafary Gallery. Photography by Khoogj.

On the topic of innovation, it is with great pride that we present to you the INDE.Awards 2021 Official Winners. The INDE.Awards remains the first and only awards program that encompasses the entire Indo Pacific region. It brings together a diverse community of architects and designers whose exceptional work stands tall on the global stage. We extend our sincere congratulations to this year’s winners, whose work stood out in a highly competitive field of entries and set an impressive benchmark. Start planning for your 2022 INDE.Awards submissions at

Cubes 102 Rethink Reinvent - INDE.Awards 2021 Best of the Best Winnner
School of Design and Environment 1 by Special Projects, NUS School of Design and Environment with CPG Consultants was the 2021 INDE.Awards Winner of the Best of the Best and The Learning Space categories. Read about the project here.

The future feels bright and full of promise. As Cubes moves into ‘Annual mode’, it is further powered by our digital platform,, an indispensable industry resource since 2011 and creative professionals’ daily connection to the latest design news and inspiring content. Come join us!

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