SmellScape Singapore by Sissel Tolaas—for The Impossibility of Mapping (Urban Asia)

Client ︎︎︎ NTU Centre for Contemporary Arts
Year ︎︎︎ 2019
Service ︎︎︎ Editorial

CROP was commissioned by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore to design the insert  SmellScape Singapore as part of The Impossibility of Mapping (Urban Asia), a publication that examines William S. W. Lim’s critical spatial practice through a compilation of textual and visual case studies and historical projects.

SmellScape Singapore is a participatory workshop by Sissel Tolaas that guides participants to rediscover their city through the sense of smell in a fun and engaging way. The insert is a compilation of the activities, maps and participant responses collected during the workshop.

The design takes reference to scientific diagrams used to illustrate the chemical structures of aroma compounds, often octagonal in shape. This visual reference also appears in the setup of the workshops. The octagon was further adapted as a two-dimensional graphical element across the various pages, and a clean and functional design system was developed to organize the handwritten responses from the participants.