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Case Study: Project Nemausus by Jean Nouvel

Case Study: Project Nemausus by Jean Nouvel

                                  Project Nemausus by Jean Nouvel was a radical housing experiment that sought to apply industrial principles and materials to social housing. Nemausus was built in 1987 and is situated in an industrial zone in the southwest part of...
Rethinking and Redefining Rental Housing

Rethinking and Redefining Rental Housing

The success story of public housing and mass home ownership in Singapore is a matter of great national pride.Singapore is well known for its wide spread implementation of public housing that does not possess negative stereotypes of public housing, prevalent in other countries, as homes for the destitute and poor that are often hot spots...
Cohousing as an Alternative Communal Living for Singapore

Cohousing as an Alternative Communal Living for Singapore

Current Housing Situation in Singapore In Singapore, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) is the organisation that provides proper housing for the citizens since the 1960s. Today, these HDB flats can be considered as financial assets due to high cost and land value. Apart from the housing policies and criteria, home ownership has become increasingly expensive...
Sungei Road: The Final Contest

Sungei Road: The Final Contest

“We need an environment which is not simply well organized, but poetic and symbolic as well. It should speak of the individuals and their complex society, of their aspirations and their historical tradition, of the natural setting, and of the complicated functions and movements of the city world….Such a sense of place in itself enhances...
Learning from Hong Kong Part II: A Case study of Citywalk, Tsuen Wan Town Centre

Learning from Hong Kong Part II: A Case study of Citywalk, Tsuen Wan Town Centre

The comprehensive development of Citywalk the podium structure strategically located at the Tsuen Wan Town Centre was a redevelopment area proposed by Urban Renewal Authority, where the preceding land was old buildings for public housing owned by the Housing Society. The former buildings were demolished in the year 1990 with building age of over 30...
Evaluating Temporary Use

Evaluating Temporary Use

Permanence in Architecture: A way of the Planners We are inclined to view architecture as long-lasting, stable, and (some would say) permanent structures; be they iconic assemblies that impress, or tremendously efficient and practical vessels. Building construction is usually synonymous with the ever-lasting. This sentiment however, is inapplicable in Singapore. Being a young nation, Singapore’s...
Temporary Appropriations – Activating Abandoned Spaces

Temporary Appropriations – Activating Abandoned Spaces

Temporary Appropriations refer to informal occupations of space. It describes the intermediate, where a site’s original intension of use has been aborted or paused and its future uncertain.[1] Thisimpermanent nature stems from the risk of contention and eradication from the organized, strategically planned city prominent today. It is traditionally viewed as ‘uncontrolled’ and the spontaneous,...
A ‘brand new’ HDB typology – Modern Kampung @ Admiralty

A ‘brand new’ HDB typology – Modern Kampung @ Admiralty

Cross sectional perspective of Kampung Admiralty (Source: HDB) Typology Back in the 1980s, Bras Basah Complex (1980) featured HDB flats above a commercial complex o integrate with the commercial podium as a means to house more people and hawkers from the Urban Renewal Scheme. (HDB Annual Report, 1970 & 1978). After 40 years, the HDB...
De-centralisation of the Arts, Taiwan

De-centralisation of the Arts, Taiwan

Refined Chinese “high” culture as staged in Taiwan. Background Two types of culture in Taiwan exists: one, the Chinese high culture brought over by the retreated Kuo Min Tang (KMT), two, the actual local culture of Taiwan. Real Taiwanese culture has been suppressed in the rule of KMT initially but the 1990s Taiwanization movement has...
Engaging Bodies: Lessons from the Human Body Museum by BIG for the design of art & cultural spaces in Singapore

Engaging Bodies: Lessons from the Human Body Museum by BIG for the design of art & cultural spaces in Singapore

BIG’s competition design entry for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in Montpellier, France, won first prize for its innovative combination of environmental and functional qualities. The museum explores the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through designing for cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshop spaces. Thus, although...
Platoon Kunsthalle / Platoon + Graft Architects

Platoon Kunsthalle / Platoon + Graft Architects

  Concept Design: Platoon Cultural Development Location: Seoul, Korea Architectural Consultancy: Graft Architects + Baik Jiwon Executive Architect: U-il Architects & Engineers Prefab Engineering: Ace special container, Korea Structural Engineering: MIDAS IT, Korea Interior Design: URBANTAINER, Korea Main Contractor: Hyojung construction & development, Korea Program: Exhibitions, Bar & Restaurant, Event Hall, Artist Studios, Library Lounge,...

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