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Integration and Reduction of Boundaries for the Dynamic Community

Integration and Reduction of Boundaries for the Dynamic Community

‘Cloud Boxes’ by SANAA is the winning entry for the Taichung City Cultural Center design competition, which envisioned the city as a metropolis where arts and culture forms the focal point of its identity. Led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the proposal was a collaborative effort with local firm Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners. Underneath this...
Lessons to learn from Bandung Creative City Forum

Lessons to learn from Bandung Creative City Forum

Bandung is the 3rd largest city by population in Indonesia, located in the western part of Java island. The city is considered to be one of the major cultural hub in Indonesia, with their garment manufacturing, arts and design industry as the city’s pride. Bandung Cityscape Mr. Ridwan Kamil, an architect and a lecturer in Bandung Technology...
Warehouse Community Project

Warehouse Community Project

Old Railroad Maradana, Colombo 10 , Sri Lanka Co -Founders :  Kirby de Lanerolle & Fiona de Lanerolle Manager :  Mel Wijegooneratne   Maradana located in the centre of Colombo (the capital of Sri Lanka) is home to more than 800 slums which house more than 100,000 people. These are some of the most poorest...
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...
A Synergy of the New and the Existing: Milstein Hall by OMA

A Synergy of the New and the Existing: Milstein Hall by OMA

Overview Milstein Hall is a new addition to the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Rather than a new free standing building, Milstein Hall with its construction, has “synergized” with the existing AAP buildings to create  a unified complex with continuous levels of indoor and outdoor...
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...
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...
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...