Singapore Prize 2019 Winners Announced
When you talk about singapore prize, it is a type of award given to someone who does well in a certain area. These awards are usually given by government agencies and can have a lot of value.
The Singapore Prize was created in honour of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who is credited with transforming Singapore into a distinctive, clean and green garden city in tandem with rapid economic growth. The Prize aims to recognise the contributions of outstanding individuals and organisations that have made significant and far-reaching impacts, with the aim of encouraging further innovation in sustainable urban solutions.
This year’s winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Victoria Theatre on August 25. The awards honoured 12 winners in the categories of Chinese, Malay and English. The winners each received a cash prize of $3,000, a trophy and a gift code to audiobook platform StoryTel.
In the English non-fiction category, judges were looking for a book that was “narratively driven by an exploration of ideas or issues that resonate with a contemporary audience”. The winning title was Leluhur: Singapore’s Kampong Gelam (2019) by Hidayah Amin. The judges said the book “sheds light on Singapore’s past and challenges assumptions about our present”.
The short film category was won by the film Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, which was screened at the Gala Night. The winner will receive a production services package worth SGD15,000 from Shooting Gallery Asia and an online, audio post and DCP feature film pack from Mocha Chai Laboratories. Academic Khoo Gaik Cheng and filmmaker Lucky Kuswandi served as this year’s jury.
CapitaSpring, by Bjarke Ingels Group and BIG, was named the P*DA 2023 Design of the Year for its exemplary use of nature as a new civic space, while integrating offices, residences and public activities into a holistic network in the heart of the city. The building is an exemplar of the green skyscraper of the future, designed to be both restorative and productive.
Henning Larsen and BIG also won the Architecture category for their Singapore Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which utilises the building’s structure to showcase different aspects of the country’s culture. The winning entry will be used as a model to develop more vibrant and liveable cities globally.
The prize will be presented during a week-long event in November, where cities from around the world are expected to gather in Singapore to explore opportunities to accelerate their innovations and bring them to life. The events will be supported by a range of partners, including philanthropic organisation Temasek Trust, investment company Temasek Holdings, decarbonisation investment platform GenZero and environmental conservation charity Conservation International. The prize ceremony will include performances by internationally renowned artists and musicians, who will be encouraged to work with young people who are the core of the prize’s mission. It will encourage the generation to tackle climate change head-on, and overcome feelings of anxiety about its impact on their lives.