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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...
Psychogeography of Church of St Mary of the Angels

Psychogeography of Church of St Mary of the Angels

Introduction to the Project The Church of St Mary of the Angels is a Roman Catholic church completed in 2004, located in the Western suburban region of Singapore. The compound houses a few different functions: the Church, the St Anthony Friary, the Poor Clare Monastery and an underground columbarium; these functions have their own compounds...
Art, Culture and Public Engagement: Radical Space or Cultural Desert

Art, Culture and Public Engagement: Radical Space or Cultural Desert

West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is conceived as a low-density development with a large open space. A part of the focus is raising awareness in the arts and culture among the general public. WKCD has yet to exist in material form due to multiple feasibility studies, public engagement with stakeholders and debates on the space...
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...
Participatory Design: A testing ground @ Jalan Kukoh, Singapore

Participatory Design: A testing ground @ Jalan Kukoh, Singapore

Participatory Design in a Rental Housing Community. Can it actually be a reality? With Heart Initiative 5, it is now coming true.   Heart Initiative 5 (H.I. 5) is a community outreach project initiated by 3 Master Thesis Students (AY2013/14) from NUS Architecture who came together for a common interest of exploring a whole new...
Missed Opportunities: Neighbourhood School Planning & Design in Singapore Public Rental Flat Estates

Missed Opportunities: Neighbourhood School Planning & Design in Singapore Public Rental Flat Estates

Neighbourhood schools have been an important part of our life since independence. It had produced an educated and productive work force for our economy. These neighbourhood schools are usually designed using a list of design guidelines set by MOE, while HDB & URA played a role in the bigger town planning, to incoporate schools in...
Sarugaku: the intimacy of volumes

Sarugaku: the intimacy of volumes

Sarugaku, or “the monkeys’ entertainment” is a type of performance popular during early Japan. Similar to the modern day circus, sarugaku originally consists mainly of acrobatics, juggling and theatrics. Architect Akihisa Hirata intended for the design of the Sarugaku Commercial Complex to be playful and full of surprises, with the main aim of immersing its...
Incorporating urban landscapes within buildings: A high urban density model for Singapore’s public housing to learn from

Incorporating urban landscapes within buildings: A high urban density model for Singapore’s public housing to learn from

With ever increasing population in Asia’s major cities, the escalating density of the built environment has led to fewer green and open spaces. With dwindling views and access to nature and recreational facilities, there has been increasing pressure to maintain and increase productivity of existing open spaces in cities as well as finding alternative ways...
8House by BIG: “Architectural Alchemy”. What would it mean in the Singaporean context?

8House by BIG: “Architectural Alchemy”. What would it mean in the Singaporean context?

  In the high-rise living of Singapore today, there is a dilemma between the increased comfort, privacy and quality of living the new housing typologies provide, and the nostalgia for past living and social spaces. There is something about the spontaneous clutter present in old estates that is appealing. The housing of the past was...
A healthy place to live in.

A healthy place to live in.

South Bronx, New York, has been a region of intense development of low-middle income housing. It aims to revitalize this area that was caused by past building fires and abandonment. One of the sites located at Brook Avenue and East 156th Street is an irregularly shaped 60,000 ft2 vacant lot that consists of city-owned property...
An Alternative Space: The realm between the public and collective

An Alternative Space: The realm between the public and collective

Dense with 30,000 (or more) inhabitants within 300 interconnected 10-storey building, all living together without contributions of a single architect or the government. This happened in Hong Kong’s infamous Kowloon Walled City before the demolition in early 1990s. The city of darkness was notorious for drugs, crime and other illegal issues you named. However, within...

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