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A HappyUrns Competition

Reinterpreting The Urn :
A Symbol of Celebration

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RESULTS

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TOTAL PRIZE FUND
SGD 16,000 + PUBLICATION
SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Competition closed

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Foreword

The HappyUrns initiative is a series of projects designed to encourage people to engage with the topic of mortality with loved ones in a meaningful way. Throughout this journey, the HappyUrns team developed the Resident’s Urns project, the Celebration Kit and the Life in a Year Book. The process of designing these projects helped us become deeply aware that people feel and interact differently with the topic of mortality in ways that are influenced by a variety of factors including religion, family tradition, personality and more. We want to understand how different people would tackle the same opportunity as we did and hence launched the HappyUrns design competition to invite students and the general public to submit their own interpretations of a symbol of celebration.

 

The HappyUrns team collaborated with an esteemed jury panel that included Dr. Kristin L. Wood, senior associate dean for Innovation  and Engagement at University of Colorado (Denver) and director of DesignInnovation, SUTD; Dir. Daniel Griner, Director of Design, Innovation and Strategy at University of Colorado (Denver); Dr. Dan Jensen, Founding professor of the Westmont College Engineering Program and Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado (Denver); Mr. Andrew Pang, founder of Lavaworks and Live.Love.Life, and member of the Presidential Advisory Commission, Design Business Chamber; Ms. Agnes Kwek, founder and CEO of MindTheSystem and editorial board member of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society; Professor. Tai Lee Siang, head of the Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar at SUTD and director of DesignZ, SUTD.

A special thank you to our jury representatives of our partners, Lien Foundation and Ang Chin Moh Foundation, Mr. Lee Poh Wah, CEO of Lien Foundation; and Mr. Ang Zi Qian, founder of Ang Chin Moh Foundation.

 

HappyUrns and the jury team thank each and every submitter who submitted their brilliant ideas to this design competition. Please scroll on to view the winning entries. All winners will be contacted within 3 working days of the announcement.

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Award Winners

 

GENERAL PUBLIC CATEGORY

 

1st PLACE

ReinCarnation

Loo Zi Ling

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Jury comments: ReinCarnation takes on a unique approach in addressing a complicated grief, one of experiencing miscarriage or stillbirth. This topic is not often talked about and would target a niche audience rather than a wider audience. However, the Jury believes that proposed idea including the use of breastmilk as a form of remembrance and act of giving amidst grief might be able to resonate with the target group significantly, creating deep impact. While the idea focuses on the mother, it can become a powerful tool to foster conversations between mothers and even women without children. The Jury suggests that the idea can involve fathers in the process too as this type of sense of loss and grief is often shared and better overcome with a loved one. 

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2nd PLACE

Sanctum

Bobby Low

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Jury comments: Sanctum is a sleek and elegant re-imagination of the traditional urn. It is a beautiful execution of a design concept that is largely similar to the urn but is able to evoke one’s memories of loved ones through the stimulation of sight and hearing. The repetitive process of burning of candle and movement of the steel ball to create a sound at intervals creates a ritualistic and calm environment for the bereaved to mourn and process their deep and even confusing emotions. The reinterpreted urn is beautifully and thoughtfully designed. 

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3rd PLACE

Die Die Must Sing

Selina Chew

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Jury comments: Die Die must Sing is an interesting entry as it is both an expression of life and remembrance upon death. Songs stay in our memories for a very long time and using them to mark the memories of a loved one provides a meaningful, enjoyable and interactive way to exchange fond remembrances with friends and family or to reflect on moments individually. The proposed application also allows users to create custom playlists and music videos which offers a degree of personalization to the way someone would like to be remembered. 

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MERIT AWARD 1

Write of Passage

Aceson Han

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Jury comments: Write of Passage is a clever design concept that can create interesting memories with your loved ones. Users bond over the shared craft of paper home kit through a DIY kit. This kit engages the users personally empowering them to create something with their own hands and together with their loved ones. This experience establishes itself as a core memory before the loved one passes on. The process of writing and burying is largely symbolic as well, choosing to write either positive memories or negative feelings after passing, is the only way to move on and live their lives without any burden weighing them down.  

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MERIT AWARD 2

Trinity Biodegradable Foldable Urn

Ong Wei Ling

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Jury comments: Trinity Biodegradable Foldable Urn is very well thought out in design details and execution. The experience of having immediate and extended family prepare the piece during the funeral is in itself a ritual for comfort and release is very well laid out and communicated in the design proposal. 

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PUBLIC FAVORITE

Write of Passage

Aceson Han

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708 public votes

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STUDENT CATEGORY

 

1st PLACE

Memories x Glass

Wendy Pun Xiang Yun

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Jury comments: Memories x Glass’s proposal to use ashes to create beautiful stained glass is refreshing and novel. It’s ability to encourage remembrance and interaction with loved ones, and even in some cases, the wider community, is impactful. The only drawback is that the process of creating stained glass and even more so, with cremains, would be very difficult. The jury believes that idea can be further developed to include an execution plan that enables the idea to impact the average person.

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2nd PLACE

Soul Lives Forever

Tharayil Sachid Nitika

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Jury comments: Soul Lives Forever’s design can encourage both intentional and sporadic moments of remembrance and reflection from its potted plant function – which encourages the user to actively interact with the reinterpreted urn – and its naturally occurring chime (caused by air movement) – which allows spontaneous moments of reflection and awareness. The idea that it brings back the sense of movement to a loved one who has passed on is deeply touching and unique. The presentation of the submission is also very well done and detailed.  

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3rd PLACE

Memoria

Cyprien Tourte

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Jury comments: Memoria is a beautifully design urn that acts as a device for a ritual of remembrance as well as a pleasing feature to have in the home as a reminder of a loved one who has passed on. The use of a mirror for conscious reflection, as well as the act of using ashes and water to contribute to the growth of a new life (potted plant) is a beautiful concept that would be a therapeutic process for the bereaved. The jury wonders if ashes would be a good fertilizer for the plant and would suggest to include some consideration in that area. 

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PUBLIC FAVORITE

Kawa

Yixuan

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308 public votes

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Reinterpreting The Urn :
A Symbol of Celebration

Participants are invited to submit their design concepts for a reinterpereted urn – a symbol of celebration. The design should introduce a new way of approaching the topic of death with loved ones and represent what celebration of life means to you and your loved ones.

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TOTAL PRIZE FUND

SGD16,000 + PUBLICATION

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GENERAL PUBLIC AWARD CATEGORY

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1ST PRIZE

$5,000

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2ND PRIZE

$3,000

+ Publication

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3RD PRIZE

$2,000

+ Publication

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PUBLIC FAVORITE

$1,000

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2 MERIT

$500

+ Publication

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STUDENT AWARD CATEGORY

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1ST PRIZE

$1,500

+ Publication

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2ND PRIZE

$1,000

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3RD PRIZE

$500

+ Publication

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PUBLIC FAVORITE

$1,000

+ Publication

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Jury Panel

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PROF. TAI LEE SIANG

Head of Pillar, Architecture & Sustainable Design, Singapore University of Technology & Design

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MS. AGNES KWEK

Founder & CEO of MindTheSystem; Editorial Board Member of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society

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MR. ANDREW PANG

Member of the Presidential Advisory Commission, Design Business Chamber Singapore; Founder of Lavaworks & Live.Love.Life

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MR. LEE POH WAH

Commissioning Party
Lien Foundation Representative

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MR. ANG ZI QIAN

Commissioning Party
Ang Chin Moh Foundation Representative

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DR. KRISTIN L. WOOD

Senior Associate Dean for Innovation and Engagement, College of Engineering, Design & Computing, University of Colorado Denver

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DR. ARIANNE COLLOPY

Expert in Design Science; Postdoctoral Fellow and Design Lead at University of Colorado Denver

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DIR. DAN GRINER

Director of Design, Innovation & Strategy at University of Colorado Denver

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A big thank you to all esteem jury members for the time and dedication to the HappyUrns initiative.

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Key Dates

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Closing Date for Submissions

28 MAY 2022

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Public Voting Round

29 MAY 2022 – 10 JUNE 2022

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Announcement of Winners

10 JULY 2022

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FAQ

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Must submission be a ceramic urn design?

Design does not have to be ceramic or an urn.

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Does budget of the design need to be considered?

Submissions are not limited to any set budget.

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Can I submit a previously published design?

Yes, as long as you are the author and the presentation materials have not been published before.

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Are participants allowed to submit more than 1 design?

Only one design per submission is allowed. However, you can edit your submission as many times as you need before the deadline on 28 May.

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How to participate in the competition?

Click on “Sign Up” at the top of the page to receive updates and further instructions on the competition or click “submit” to be redirected to zealous.co where you can submit your design proposal.

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Contact us for further queries

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About The Team

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