Squat & Grow: Designing Smart Human-Food Interactions in Singapore

Marketa Dolejsova, Cindy Lin Kaiying

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Squat & Grow was a two-week series of workshops, talks and field trips aimed to support a sustainable food culture in Singapore, and test alternative scenarios of the Smart Nation plan. The project encouraged citizens to participate and co-design an open platform organized around DIY low-cost technology and "smart" food practices. In this paper, we describe two Squat & Grow workshops run by tutors from Indonesia and Singapore and show how the Smart Nation can be differently built through DIY biological and technological activities. We also demonstrate how Singapore becomes a conduit rather than a center for technological innovation and economic development within the region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEACHI 2016: Proceedings of the SEACHI 2016 on Smart Cities for Better Living with HCI and UX
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
Conference number: 34


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleACM CHI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Internet address


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