Founder and Director of LOPELAB, Lorenzo Petrillo aims to bring people together by temporarily transforming public spaces to improve communal places.
As part of Singapore Design Week, LOPELAB conceptualised the Singapore Urban Design Festival 2019 to promote sustainable urban development. “We hope to create conversations about turning public spaces into liveable community spaces.”
Originally from Milan, he has lived in Shanghai and Sydney, before moving to SG.
Lorenzo says he loves to visit Italian restaurant SBAGLIATO Kitchen & Bar for his favourite drinks. “I’m a big fan of Spritz with Campari and the original Negroni!”
“My wife and I love to frequent D.O.P Mozzarella Bar & Restaurant for its friendly service and home-cooked meals served in a casual, outdoor setting,” says Lorenzo.
“Recently, I bought a bamboo cutlery set by Bamboo Straw Girl, and my wife and I bring it with us to the office, picnics and even BBQs!” shares Lorenzo about the green brand that works directly with independent Southeast Asian makers to reduce single-use plastic waste.
Organising the Singapore Urban Design Festival 2019 conference at the Jalan Besar Sports Centre multistorey carpark was a huge achievement for Lorenzo. “With the increasing accessibility of PMDs and driverless cars, 80-percent of the top floors of multistorey carparks in Singapore remain underutilised – perfect for inspiring and empowering people to activate these spaces for community-building.”
By Melodi Ghui, From The Finder Issue 299, / Photos: @bamboostrawgirl, Singapore Urban Design Festival 2019, 123RF.com + D.O.P Mozzarella Bar & Restaurant
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