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BIG4ENBLOC: The Substation Insta-Film Competition

Supported by Goethe-Institut Singapore

Pearl Bank Apartments.
People's Park Complex.
Golden Mile Complex.
Golden Mile Tower.

These four iconic buildings are under threat of demolition due to en bloc redevelopment. What would their demolition mean for the communities of these spaces, or for Singapore? Or should they be conserved?

Tell us what you think by taking part in BIG4ENBLOC, an Instagram Short Film Competition.

If our illustrious panel is moved by your entry (whether from laughter or melancholy), you may just win a return air ticket to a city in Germany, home to the movement which shaped modernist architecture, Bauhaus! Join now to win the chance to ‘gram German modernist beauties to your heart’s content—just in time for the 2019 Bauhaus jubilee, too.

How to join:

To participate, submit a short film (which can include photographs) no longer than 40 seconds on Instagram with the ‘#big4enbloc’ and '#modernismussingapore‘, in response to the Big Four—Pearl Bank Apartments, People's Park Complex, Golden Mile Complex and Golden Mile Tower—a set of iconic megastructures under threat of demolition due to en bloc redevelopment.

Submissions are limited to one Instagram post per person, per account. Repeated entries on behalf of another person will not be considered. Applicants may also make use of Instagram’s carousel format to upload still images, as long as the entire video length within the same post does not exceed 40 seconds. Please ensure that your Instagram account is set to public in order to qualify.

The competition closes 23 September 2018, 12pm.


Grand Prize*


+ Economy Class return flight to Berlin, Dessau, or Weimar


People’s Choice

Based on most no. of likes



Jurors’ Choice (x6)

$500 each


* To be considered for the Grand Prize, the following conditions must be met:
    a. Only participants above the legal age in Singapore will be considered.
    b. Participants must reside in Singapore.

    Please read competition T&Cs here.


Chua Ai Lin


Goethe Institut
Faiz Bin Zohri
Jason Soo
Yuni Hadi
Tan Pin Pin
Karen Tan

Chua Ai Lin

Executive Director,
Singapore Heritage Society

Lead Resident,
The Substation
2018 Residency Group
Chua Ai Lin is the Executive Director of the Singapore Heritage Society, having served as its president (2013-2017), and a member of the Society since 1996. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (UK) and was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore, specialising in Singapore social and cultural history.

Currently, she serves as a member of the National Library Advisory Committee, and in the past has been on the advisory board of the National Heritage Board and on the former UNESCO Singapore Sub-Commission on Culture and Information. In 2012, she was the first Singapore representative on the Cultural Heritage Preservation project of the International Visitor Leadership Programme organised by the United States of America’s State Department. 

Jason Soo

Film Director

Jason Soo is an artist and recipient of the Jacques Derrida Exhibition and Prize (Melbourne, 1999). As filmmaker, his first narrative work (A short film on The May 13 Generation) is based on historical events in 1954 Singapore, when 800 students took over Chinese High School in order to support classmates affected by military conscription. His next work (1987: Untracing the Conspiracy) examines the arrest, torture, and interrogation of 22 alleged Marxist conspirators by Singapore’s secret police. The documentary was awarded Best Southeast Asian Feature at Freedom Film Festival (Malaysia, 2015) and an expanded version of the film is currently in production.

Goethe-Institut Singapore

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

Goethe-Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. It conveys a multi-layered and contemporary image of Germany by providing information about its cultural, social and political life.

With a worldwide network of institutes and centres in over 150 locations, the Goethe-Institut forms close partnerships at both the local and the regional levels with artists, cultural professionals, researchers, educational experts and institutions. Its cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

The Goethe-Institut is a partner for all who actively engage with culture and education, working independently and without political ties. Its interdisciplinary work brings together people from different disciplines, cultures and countries. These encounters are open and creative, paving the way for new developments and creating sustainable relations for the future.

Yuni Hadi

Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking

Executive Director, 
Singapore International Film Festival

Long before the phenomenal success of Ilo Ilo catapulted her to new heights, Yuni Hadi had made a name for herself in Singapore with her tireless work promoting independent Singapore films. She spent four years building the film programme at The Substation, created several milestone projects such as the annual Fly-by-Night Video Challenge and the Singapore Short Film Festival, and currently helms Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking as director. She is also the Executive Director of the newly revived Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). 

Faiz Bin Zohri

Landscape Architect

Faiz Bin Zohri is a landscape architect driven by the everyday interactions and adaptations between the natural and man-made. He is founder of Stable Unstable, a multi-disciplinary design practice operating in the fields of public spaces and landscapes of the tropics.

He studied "Man & Public Space" at the Design Academy Eindhoven and holds a Permaculture Design Certification from Bumi Langit Institute, Jogjakarta.

Karen Tan

Pocket Projects
& The Projector

Karen Tan is the founder of Pocket Projects, a creative development consultancy focused on adaptive reuse of old buildings, and The Projector is Singapore's only independent cinema and cultural space located in Golden Mile Tower. 

In her past life, she worked in an urban regeneration developer in London, and has extensive experience in real estate investment banking at Citigroup, London. In her days of youth, she started off studying Architecture at the University of Melbourne, but ended up getting a BSc in Economics and a Masters in Real Estate Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics. 

Tan Pin Pin

Film Director

Director Tan Pin Pin’s films chronicle and question the gaps in history, memory and documentation. Her films study the process of self-examination itself, rendering its complexities with emotional power and visual clarity. They have screened at leading festivals including Berlinale, Hot Docs, Busan, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel, SXSW and at the Flaherty Seminar.

In Singapore, they have received sold out theatrical screenings and toured schools. Singapore GaGa (2005) was the first Singapore documentary to have a theatrical run where it ran for 8 weeks.. Meanwhile, her video installations were shown in the President’s Young Talent Show, Singapore Biennale, p-10 and at IFA Gallery, Berlin.