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SEGD Feature – Yann Follain

Get to know Yann Follain's motivation for being part of SEGD and why he chose to call Singapore his home for the past 12 years! 

PLUS: The story behind the name "WY-TO"

SEGD- MAY 2021

Revue Sur-Mesure – Pratiques et perceptions quotidiennes de la nature à Singapour

« la nature dans la ville, c’est aussi protéger ce qu’il en reste, arrêter d’étendre la ville, densifier sans grignoter sur des zones vertes… », rappelle Yann Follain

REVUE SUR-MESURE - MAY 2021

TAB Series 2 – The Making of Architecture – Talk #5 – Typological Margins

Presented by Cosentino and curated by WY-TO Founder, Yann Follain, this series delves into the topics of sustainability and circular economy in the world of architecture and the built environment.

In this episode, Formwerkz Co-founder, Alan Tay discusses his passion for Architectural Types, and how he balances these form designs interaction with nature to achieve the perfect intimacy harmony. 

COSENTINO-MAY 2021

d+a Feature: TAB Series 2

Our future is indeed at stake and it is only when change becomes the responsibility of everyone, then can we create a better tomorrow.

D+A-APR 2021

CITYGREEN ISSUE 18:
SEED BANK ARTICLE FEATURE

"As much remains to be discovered about
how these plants can provide solutions to ailments
or problems which may not even exist yet, the
Seed Bank is a valuable institution to prevent the
extinction of species, to bring knowledge to the
masses, as well as to benefit future generations." - Yann Follain

CITYGREEN ISSUE 18- OCT 2020

DigiMuse Virtual Conference 2021

WY-TO Graphic Designer, Catherine Ng was part of the 11 local creatives panel for DigiMuse Virtual Conference 2021! The event was open to the public and she shared her inspiration on her work, “aMUSEme”, a personality quiz that matches you to a remarkable historical figure of Singapore.

Give Catherine’s quiz a go on DigiMuse Virtual Showcase and explore other interactive heritage games by local creatives in Singapore.

DIGI-MUSE- JAN 2021

ARCHITALK 0.1 – Healing Architecture: Respond to the Mental Health Problems During and After COVID-19 Pandemic, May 29th 2021

Inspired by his everyday encounters, WY-TO Managing Director and Head of Design, Yann Follain shares the fundamentals of the built environment, how it relates to everyday interactions and the community that we live in. He gives insights into how it has shaped his design process.

This webinar also includes Dr Monty P. Satriadarma, UNTAR Academician, is moderated by Rio Sanjaya, UNTAR Academician.

ARCHITALK- MAY 2021

TAB SERIES 2 – THE MAKING OF ARCHITECTURE – TALK #4 – PARAMETRIC PHENOMENOLOGY

Presented by Cosentino and curated by WY-TO Founder, Yann Follain, this series delves into the topics of sustainability and circular economy in the world of architecture and the built environment.

In this episode, Principal Architect and Co-Founder and Director of Produce and Superstructure, Pan Yi Chen, weighs in on incorporating materials and elements of nature to create sensuous conditions in the built environment sustainably. 

COSENTINO-APR 2021

WY-TO BUILDS #14

ACT OF PRESERVATION = ACT OF SUSTAINABILITY

Beyond the obvious environmental commitment, preserving our buildings also means preserving and transmitting our history. WY-TO’s Director Jonathan Poh came across countless comments on social media lamenting the loss of yet another historical estate that is doomed for destruction. He then led and coordinated a team to put together a comprehensive conservation report to persuade the government to conserve the estate with the support of the MP who helped table the issue in parliament.

WY-TO- FEB 2021

“Colours of My Life” Apartment Feature on Archdaily

This project aimed to reinvent segregated enclosed zones into an integrated and connected space, thereby enhancing the quality of the abode. The design was done with a thorough understanding of how the homeowners envisioned the usage of the space, along with paying the utmost attention to details in designing and providing sustainable solutions.

ARCH-DAILY- DEC 2020

TAB SERIES 2 – THE MAKING OF ARCHITECTURE – TALK #3 – SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE

Presented by Cosentino and curated by WY-TO Founder, Yann Follain, this series delves into the topics of sustainability and circular economy in the world of architecture and the built environment.

In this episode, Principal Architect and Founder of WTA Architecture and Design Studios, William Ti Jr, shares his advocacy on Social Architecture and how incorporating it in the design process bridges different cultures in cities.

COSENTINO-MAR 2021

TAB SERIES 2 – THE MAKING OF ARCHITECTURE – TALK #2 – BEYOND AESTHETICS

Presented by Cosentino and curated by WY-TO Founder, Yann Follain, this series delves into the topics of sustainability and circular economy in the world of architecture and the built environment.

In this episode, Principal Designer of DP Design, Mike Lim takes us Beyond Aesthetics to explore the experiential components of spatial architecture to inspire a deep sense of belonging.

COSENTINO-FEB 2021

WY-TO BUILDS #13

As part of Archifest 2020 ‘Architecture Saving Our World’, our proposed Shelter for the Homeless in Singapore is a collaboration between WY-TO and the students of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), at Singapore Polytechnic, with the support of our wood supplier JCI sponsoring the materials.

This programme is supported by the Design Singapore Council and the prototype was displayed at the National Design Centre in October, with the students leading tours for the FLOWS shelter design.

"COLOURS OF MY LIFE" featured on Archdaily! 

We are honoured that we are able to share our design vision with millions of architects and designers globally through the esteemed platform of Archdaily!

WY-TO- DEC 2020

TAB SERIES 2 – THE MAKING OF ARCHITECTURE – TALK #1 – PROCESS AND DESIGN

Presented by Cosentino and curated by WY-TO Founder, Yann Follain, this series delves into the topics of sustainability and circular economy in the world of architecture and the built environment.

In this episode, we sit down with Takenouchi Webb, an integrated design firm to discuss elements in creating a successful holistic Architecture / Interior approach that balances both design and function in every project.

COSENTINO-JAN 2021

WY-TO BUILDS #12

NEW DIRECTOR ON BOARD. Jonathan Poh is the newest member of the WY-TO partnership, bringing in his expertise as a registered architect. He received his Master of Architecture Degree from the National University of Singapore.


WY-TO- OCT 2020

KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL OX – HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2021

May your New Year be filled with prosperity and joy!

WY-TO- FEB 2021

WY-TO BUILDS #11

HUMAN-CENTRIC APPROACH FOR INCLUSIVE SPACE APPROPRIATION. Human Interaction Design is essential to Design Domain at large. In the current trying times, it is even more important for designers to remain connected with the end-users and to ensure a sense of “Human Dimension” in their design. It needs to feel real from aesthetics to interactions to motion (perceived and real) to Emotional Connection.
The first step is saying it out loud: “Humans come first.”.

WY-TO- MAY 2020

WY-TO BUILDS #10

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY WITH THE POWER OF DESIGN. In the current global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, here at WY-TO, we want to share some encouraging initiatives and projects done over the years to positively contribute to human needs, better living conditions and a more sustainable environment.

WY-TO- APR 2020

REDEFINING PLAYSCAPES

A playscape is a playful landscape that is enjoyed by all citizens from all walks of life and ages in a very inclusive and generous way. More importantly, playscapes are non-intimidating and they offer a wide range of open-ended play options that enable everyone to interact, be creative and use their imagination with no sense of competition or hierarchy. Playscapes increase emotional, cognitive, and motor improvements and ultimately contribute to social participation, quality of life and well-being. Watch the webinars of local design leaders' sharing their thoughts on incorporating play across different areas; with WY-TO's Yann Follain sharing his expertise on playscapes in the museum

Redefining Playsccapes for All-JULY 2020

WY-TO IS 10!

10 YEARS OF COMMITMENT. This year marks the 10th anniversary of WY-TO! As we look back and celebrate our achievements and milestones of the decade, we also reminded ourselves again of our commitments towards the industry, the community and the environment. We thank all our partners, collaborators and supporters for this fruitful decade! As we embark into an exciting new era here at WY-TO, we look forward to new opportunities and forming many more meaningful connections.

WY-TO- AUG 2020

CITY IN NATURE

A decade ago Dubai, world architectural leader, had one of the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world. By 2050 it wants to have the smallest. To get there, another city is becoming a reference model: Singapore..

City In Nature Web Talk -JUNE 2020

CIMB CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Humanity is at a crossroads. With the unprecedented global climate emergency, we are seeing tipping points with social and environmental upheaval in countries worldwide. The conversation around social inequalities and injustice has risen to the fore. The unprecedented pandemic has put us through a stress test of a world impacted by various environmental and social risks. WY-TO has joined the panels of esteems speakers to share more on the topic of circular economy and its potential to help build a better future.

Circular Economy-OCT 2020

ARCHITECTURE EN MILIEU TROPICAL

Le colloque international intitulé « L’architecture en milieu tropical : construire le paysage. Entre pratique et recherche », organisé par l’Antenne réunionnaise de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier, se tiendra le 30 et 31 octobre 2019 à La Réunion. Il prévoit de traiter, de manière pluridisciplinaire, des problématiques liées au projet architectural, urbain et paysager, spécifiquement dans les milieux tropicaux.

ENSAM-OCTOBER 2019

YEAR OF THE RAT AND THE ARTS – Happy Lunar New Year 2020

In this season of joy and celebration, may the Year of the Rat bring you prosperity!

WY-TO BUILDS #09

WY-TO PLEDGE TO FIGHT CLIMATE BREAKDOWN AND BIODIVERSITY LOSS. WY-TO has joined the initiative "Architects Declare", which started in the UK and now has spread to France and other parts of the world. It is essentially a collective of architects who have pledged to protect the environment and promote a more sustainable industry and more

WY-TO- DEC 2019

CITY OF CHALLENGES

The Phosboucraa Foundation organized the 1st International Urban Forum on City of Challenges on the theme of Eco-Technological Innovation in Laayoune, Southern Morocco. Yann Follain shared the bold concept that Sustainable Tropical Architecture which is suited to its context has great potential to make our cities more resilient and ready to face the challenges of climate change, as well as to improve the daily life of the people and help mankind to work with rather than against nature.

Phosboucraa-OCTOBER 2019

WHY ARCHITECTS? DESIGN SERIES

On 9th July, Yann Follain modarated the Why architects? Design Series organised by SIA/SMAP and with the participation of Casey Chua from ADX architect.

Why architects? Design Series-JULY 2019

INDE.AWARDS-2019 SHORTLIST: THE DESIGN STUDIO

INDE.Awards 2019 The Design Studio honours the practice that thinks forward, creates voraciously and changes perceptions in architecture, design or both. As a team, we focus on the improvement of the lives of the people and we believe this shortlisting will help to raise awareness about the communities in need and how design can contribute to the betterment of their living conditions. Stay tuned for the winners announcement in June. Find out more at: INDE.AWARDS

IA- MAY 2019

The TAB Series ‘Talks on Architecture and Beyond’

Presented by Cosentino and curated by WY-TO Founder Yann Follain, Architecture will take center stage to stimulate creativity and to take small steps to transform our world as we approach 2020. Inspiring Architects will take the lead to communicate on the quarterly themes of Ecosystem, Materiality, Typology and Human Factor. Each series will be followed by a short time to open the discussion with like-minded audience members in a welcoming and cozy setting.

COSENTINO-MAY 2019

Landscapes Aftewar(d)s at Phnom Penh

Colloque international sur la mémoire des lieux à l'épreuve des conflits et des guerres, organisé par Soko Phay et Patrick Nardin, enseignants à l'Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis en partenariat avec l'Université Royale des Beaux Arts de Phnom Penh, l'Université Lumières Paris, Creatic, EPHA-Laboratoire AIAC , l'Institut Français du Cambodge.

WY-TO-MAY 2019

Télématin – Singapour : Une architecture verte

Yann Follain participe à la discussion sur Singapour et sa prise de conscience de la nécessité de passer au vert.

TELEMATIN-MAY 2019

Exclusive Lecture at the Annual Architectural Design and Cultural Fest in Bangalore

On 30th March, our Managing Director-Head of Design (SG) Yann Follain will be giving an exclusive lecture as a Keynote Speaker at Inspirit, School of Architecture, RIT - The Annual Architectural Design and Cultural Fest hosted by The School of Architecture, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore.

Click on the link below to view the complete lineup of the festival: INSPIRIT

WY-TO-MAR 2019

WY-TO CONNECTS #04 THE OTHER SIDE

WY-TO Connects demonstrates the need for collaboration and broadens the discussion to complementary fields of expertise. This new edition focuses on the multifaceted routes taken by architects and designers in pursuit of Successful Careers and Creative Balance.

WY-TO- MAR 2019

Lecture at Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia in Yogyakarta

Yann Follain shares his experience as Festival Director of ArchiFest'18 at Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia D.I. Yogyakarta

WY-TO-FEB 2019

CYPORK – HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2019

In this season of joy and celebration, may the Year of the Pig bring you a prosperous Happy New Year!

WY-TO- FEB 2019

LES STUDIOS LAUMIERE

‘Les Studios Laumiere’ are a social innovative project dedicated to professional musicians and finalist of the International competition Reinventing Paris The subterranean secrets of Paris.

WY-TO-DEC 2018

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT in Shenzhen

Yann Follain's talks at B1 OCT Loft and Vanke Design Commune for the PechaKucha Night Shenzhen 10th year anniversary + Volume 40th celebration on Saturday 12.01.19.

WY-TO-JAN 2019

YOUNG VISIONARIES The New Generation of Architects

WY-TO Architects have been featured in the publication, Young Visionaries, The New Generation of Architects. The book presents 51 outstanding protagonists of all schools and styles who determine the architectural scene of tomorrow, the visionaries featured in the book have already caught the attention of the professional world and opened the eyes of the general public for what the future has in store, already securing their spot in the top league of the architecture sector.

BRAUN PUBLISHING-OCT 2018

WIND WALKERS: THEO JANSEN’S STRANDBEESTS

The video from Johanna Vlaminck at the ArtScience Museum features never-before-seen perspectives of the kinetic sculptures of Theo Jansen.


Johanna Vlaminck-OCT 2018

SIA Conference 2018 Recap Part 1: ‘Design For People’ and ‘Design for Time’

What are the needs and challenges of our time and how does architecture respond and be responsible towards them? People, time, environment and life were the main themes around which speakers presented their work and ideas at the Singapore Institute of Architects Conference (SIA Conference), held on 2 October at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore Expo & Convention Centre as part of Archifest.

INDESIGNLIVE SINGAPORE-OCT 2018

Archifest 2018 Director, Yann Follain Talks About What The Theme – “Design for Life” Means

The Archifest 2018 Festival Director talks about the current state of the architecture industry and crafting the festival experience around sub-themes ‘Design for People’, ‘Design for Time’ and ‘Design for Environment’.

INDESIGNLIVE SINGAPORE-SEP 2018

ENTRETIEN AVEC L’ARCHITECTE YANN FOLLAIN, DIRECTEUR DU FESTIVAL D’ARCHITECTURE ARCHIFEST À SINGAPOUR

Peu connu en dehors des frontières de l’Asie du Sud-Est, le festival d’architecture de Singapour est un évènement fédérateur dont la 12ème édition se tiendra du 28 septembre et 10 octobre prochains. Dans ce contexte architectural et urbain spectaculaire, Archifest2018 se fera l’écho d’initiatives et de projets à échelle humaine, humbles et nécessaires.

A VIVRE-SEP 2018

Mobile Lotus By WY-TO: Learning To Design For Your 99 Per Cent

Mobile Lotus’s Design & Built workshop is featured on a 6-page article by Narelle Yabuka on Cubes Issue 91: Designing Resilience.

INDESIGNLIVE-JUL 2018

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?? – HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2018

In this season of joy and celebration, may the Year of the Dog bring you prosperity, good health and happiness.


WY-TO- FEB 2018

MOBILE LOTUS DESIGN & BUILD WORKSHOP #01

INAUGURAL MOBILE LOTUS CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP. WY-TO successfully hosted the inaugural Mobile Lotus Construction Workshop at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

WY-TO- FEB 2018

PECHA KUCHA in Paris

WY-TO is part of the Pecha Kucha hosted by the Maison de l'Architecture in Paris on Sunday 15th October from 14:00-19:00, alongside the 16 French studios awarded Europe 40Under40 and the four participating architects from the exhibition, "My Architect".


WY-TO-OCT 2017

Sustainable glamping pod offers comfort of urban life in the wild

Camping doesn’t always involve mud and dirt – glamping: a new trend merging camping and luxury travel, is the way to go. And Yann Follain, founder and head of design of Singapore design practice WY-TO, has the ultimate luxury tent.


WY-TO-NOV 2017

“Tropical Pyramids” feature on Divisare

Tropical Pyramids embodies a sustainable approach that re-enact architecture with nature and reunites people with their immediate environment.

Frontliners in Action Event highlights

Catch the highlights of the Living Shelter for the Frontliners in Action exhibition during the Singapore Design Week 2017. For the full event highlights, visit: FRONTLINERS IN ACTION



DESIGNSINGAPORE COUNCIL- APR 2017

“Tropical Pyramids” feature on INDESIGN.SG

WY-TO proposes a futuristic and humanistic metropolis set in an imaginary world thirty-five years from now, writes Yvonne Xu.

While at first glance futuristic with helipads built for flying vehicles and mid-air transport networks, Tropical Pyramids is an urban model grounded in humanist ideals. This feature creates constant transformation and the building evolves as it ages, not unlike a living organism.

TAKE A PEEK INTO THE INSTALLATION OF THE LIVING SHELTER FOR SINGAPORE’S DESIGN WEEK 2017

Watch the simplicity of the popping-up method to set-up the Living Shelter without a single tool. Here is the installation at the National Design Centre for the Singapore Design Week


WY-TO- APR 2017

Yann Follain presents the studio’s daily practice: “Design with a cause, Innovate for Humanity”

Innovation and creativity. Yann Follain shares these believes, inspirations, design process and creative solutions that the studio takes to contribute back to society at the Global Innovator Conference 2016, Beijing.


GIC- MAR 2017

Europe 40 under 40 – EMERGING YOUNG ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS- 2016

Europe 40 Under 40 is a bi-annual program presented by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. It recognises Europe’s most influential young architects and designers whose achievements epitomise the spirit of innovation and imagination that characterise contemporary European design today.


EUROPE 40 UNDER 40- FEB 2017

ROOSTER CALLING- HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2017

In this season of joy and celebration, may the Year of the Rooster bring you prosperity, good health and happiness.


WY-TO- JAN 2017

361° THE DESIGN CONFERENCE: “OBSERVING GLOBAL, THINKING REGIONAL, LIVING LOCAL” BY YANN FOLLAIN

How do we implement sustainable principles in a region where populations are still struggling for food and potable water while facing rapid urbanisation? Yann Follain shares his insights at the 361° Design Conference in Mumbai, India.


361°- DEC 2016

ASIAN TV FORUM VR & TRANSMEDIA: THE FRENCH TOUCH CONTENT TRAILER

Discover a new dimension through conferences and virtual experiences with the Instutut Francais at the asiatvforum on "VR & transmedia: The French Touch"
Motion graphics: WY-TO



VIMEO- DEC 2016

“LIVING SHELTER”, a solution for disaster relief, is selected to be showcased at the Architecture Venice Biennale 2016

The Living Shelter is an affordable collapsible capsule, easy to ship and assemble in any kind of tropical environment.


A CO-CREATION FROM WY-TO AND POD STRUCTURES- MAY 2016

PAST FEATURES

ANNOUNCEMENT
Archifest Director 2018 – Yann Follain
Inventing Greater Paris Metropolis Finalist 2018
Reinventing Paris II – The Subterranean Shortlist 2018
Europe 40 under 40 Paris Exhibition 2017
“Future-Maker Award 2017 – The Global Innovator Recipient
Red Dot Award – Design Concept 2016 Recipient for “Living Shelter

LECTURES / CONFERENCES
Guest Speaker at Architectural Design Week 2020 Seminar (Yann Follain)
Lecturer at Master Program of Design & Environment in Strate’s School of Design (Yann Follain)
Guest Speaker at Design Perspective in Hyderabad (Yann Follain)
Guest Speaker at 13th Tropical Lab by LASALLE College of the Arts (Yann Follain)
Guest Speaker at ARCHIDEX, Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2019 (Yann Follain)
Guest Speaker at “Integrating Smart and Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Living Environment” in Shenzhen (Yann Follain)
Guest Speaker at National University of Singapore (NUS) on “Living Shelter” (Yann Follain)
Mobile Lotus” Presentation at ADB’s Expert Meeting on Health Facilities Responsive to New and Emerging Needs” (Yann Follain)
Mobile Lotus” Construction Pre-workshop in Phnom Penh , WY-TO Connects #02 at Achifest 2017 
Guest Speaker at “Humanitarian Architecture and Design Solutions 2017” (Yann Follain)
Guest Lecturer on “Development of Display Technology in Supporting Museum as Media Communication Tools” at International Committee for Money and Banking Museums (ICOMON) 2017 (Yann Follain)
Guest Speaker on “Scalability and Adaptability: A Methodology for Sustainable Developments in Southeast Asia” at Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh 2017 (Yann Follain)
Guest Presenter on “Living Shelter” at SHOPHOUSE&CO 2017 (Yann Follain)
Guest Lecturer on “Tropical Sustainable Architecture & Developments” at Bandung Institute of Technology (BIT) 2016 (Yann Follain)
Host of the French Institute of Architects Open House 2016 (Pauline Gaudry)
Guest Lecturer at Joja International Batik Biennale 2016 (Yann Follain)
Guest Speaker on “Scalability and Adaptability: A Methodology for Sustainable Developments in Southeast Asia” at Indonesian French Conference 2016 (Yann Follain)
Guest Lecturer on “SOTA Artist Lectures Series: Observe Global, Think Regional, Live Local” (Yann Follain)
Guest Speaker at “361° Design Conference – Architecture and The City” 2016 (Yann Follain)
Guest Lecturer for “Tiles of Spain” 2015 (Pauline Gaudry)
Guest Speaker on “Creative Design for a Better Life” at The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2015 (Yann Follain)
Guest Lecturer on “Sustainable Architecture: Time is Now” at French Francophonie Week, Singapore 2015 (Yann Follain)