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Design Green! Skycourts & Skygardens

See Jason Pomeroy’s latest book “Skycourts & Skygardens: Greening the Urban Habitat” come to life in an upcoming exposition at the National Design Centre this September.

Design Green! Skycourts & Skygardens

Top image: Bosco Verticale, courtesy of Stefano Boeri

Design Green! Skycourts & Skygardens is a 3-week-long event at the National Design Centre spanning three integrated components: ‘The Exhibition’, ‘The Discussion’, and ‘The Installation’.

Jason’s Pomeroy’s latest book

It is curated by Pomeroy Studio – indeed, the very idea for this exposition sprang forth from the studio’s founder, Jason Pomeroy’s latest published title, Skycourts & Skygardens: Greening the Urban Habitat.

“The seed of this exhibition started with my book, exploring the role of skycourts and skygardens within the urban habitat,” says Jason. “The thesis has led to our continued research in Singapore – an environment that lends itself well to the subject matter given the City State’s high-rise nature.”

Clean Air Tower, courtesy of Alexander Balchin

Several elements of the book are ‘brought to life’ in the exposition. For one, in ‘The Exhibition’, the studio has collaborated with Raffles Design Institute’s 3rd year students to build scaled models from the book’s case study projects.

Raffles Design Institute Student Models, courtesy of Pomeroy Studio

In ‘The Discussion’, Malaysian eco-architect Ken Yeang, who wrote the foreword to Jason’s book, will also be part of an informative discussion during the exposition. Arup, Grant Associates, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Foster & Partners, and a host of other global consultants who have been featured in the book, will also be present to give addresses or partake in masterclass tutorials.

(Left) Andrew Grant, landscape architect of Gardens by the Bay. (Right) Ken Yeang, design architect of the National Library Singapore

In addition, ‘The Installation’ will explore many ideas found within the book through a net zero energy designed rooftop intervention featuring green walls as well as solar cell canopies designed to power the various community activities being held.

The Installation features the second edition of Transitional __ by creative place making agency Shophouse & Co, who are leveraging the untapped potential of the rooftop and turning it into a social space in the sky. Visitors can expect installations, performances, exhibitions, talks and workshops produced in collaboration with artists, communities, schools, organisations, design agencies, and businesses who are ‘doing good through design’. For example, Shophouse & Co will be partnering with Edible Gardens to create edible landscaping, and will also be running workshops to show the public how they can create their very own sky gardens.

For more information and the full range of programmes, visit

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