URA Cube Challenge 2018
The URA CUBE Challenge took place from 20-24 November 2017. JJC sent a total of 9 Geography students to participate in the competition. The objective of the competition was for participants to come up with a design to redevelop Mei Chin, Singapore’s first satellite town. The 4½ days of competition involved the student participants going through a series of training activities including SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, fieldwork, and model construction.
Throughout the competition, the JJC students were guided by professional architects and final year students from the NUS School of Design and Architecture. During the process, they learnt about the thinking behind architecture as well as urban design and planning. Our students started Day 1 conducting site visits in the Mei Chin estate where they collected data regarding residents’ needs and made field observations. The next few days involved attending a series of training courses and conceptualising their ideas. There was also a series of sharing sessions among the different teams. The fourth day involved students putting their ideas into models and preparing for the presentation on the final day.
Our students worked hand in hand cutting models and doing sketches. Their model also incorporated the theme ‘Muah Chee Mei Chin’ – which means to gel and integrate everyone in the community. On the last day, the team presented their project in front of a panel of judges which included architects from both URA and the private sector. Through the event, our students gained new insights into urban design and planning and had enriching experiences working with professionals in project planning.
During the awards presentation ceremony held on 12th April 2018, JJC’s team of students received the outstanding award presented to the projects of the Top 3 participating schools of CUBE 2017.
The team comprised:
(18A01) Celia Pang Shi Yi,
(18A01) Suganthi D/O Devarajan,
(18A01) Veronica Singarayar,
(18A01) Soo Hwee Sharon,
(18A01) Koh Ker Shuan,
(18S06) Clara Lie Kai Kee,
(18S23) Joe Goh Guan Wei,
(18S23) Lo Xien Ping and
(18S23) Qurratu Ain Nazifa Bte Lambri
Well done and congratulations to the team!