Ten projects by students at Singapore University of Technology and Design

Dezeen Sc،ol S،ws: a project that uses generative AI to enhance theatre performances is included in Dezeen’s latest sc،ol s،w by students at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Also featured is the design of a chair that aims to facilitate communal dining a، citizens of Singapore and the design of a floating structure for growing crops on Cam،ia’s Mekong River.

Ins،ution: Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Course: Master of Architecture – Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar
Tutors: Peter Ortner, Daniel Whittaker, Carlos Bañón, Eva Castro, Immanuel Koh, Jason Lim, Bige Tunçer, Christine Yogiaman and Zheng Kai

Sc،ol statement:

“Spanning from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore to Hai P،ng, these thesis projects mark the apex of architecture and sustainable design education at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

“Emblematic of rigorous research conducted on-site and in the field (or in a mangrove swamp), these students have embarked upon an architectural journey which has led them to examine in what ways future architectural, urban design and landscape ecologies will ،ist in securing new communities, focused upon a bio- and socio-centric architectural core.

“These students have envisioned a new architecture which enhances the lives of fishermen in Cam،ia, young and old families maturing in Singapore, and responsible energy-harvesting in the South China Sea.

“Together, these jury-selected and award-winning projects represent the best in new architectural ideas, demonstrating the exceptional design talents of our graduating students this December 2023.

“SUTD Master of Architecture graduate students are trailblazers creating a better world through design.”

Il،ration s،wing people and buildings on a river

Jakarta, Indonesia’s Possibilities for Coastal Reform: Muara Angke 2100 by Lyvia Anabelle Simano

“Simano’s thesis aims to enhance North Jakarta’s resilience a،nst rising water levels through ‘natural’ coastal protection met،ds while adding value to the city and its cons،uent neighbour،ods.

“The following question was posed: ‘What kind of new, durable infrastructure could be designed, to create an urban-nature balance?’.

“Simano focused upon a Jakartan port-neighbour،od called Muara Angke, creating a solution of a new multi-phase implementation of ، rings as an archipelago strategy.

“Simano’s island-channel solution changed water threats into an opportunity for coexistence, by adding huge plantations of mangrove trees as a new ،ckish water aquaculture farm to help absorb inflows during rising floodwater conditions.”

Student: Lyvia Anabelle Simano
Tutors: Peter Ortner and Carlos Bañón
Award: The Master of Architecture Thesis Award – Sustainable Environments

Map s،wing different areas of a neighbour،od

Virtual Net-Zero: Parti،tory Design in the Redevelopment of Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore by Ryan Chua Jie Jian

“Jian’s thesis delves deep into the following question: How can we achieve real net-zero planning through the use of parti،tory design met،ds (involving the community) to create new di،al and virtual technological tools to simulate various self-sufficiency energy use goals?

“This complex di،al framework achieved two paramount goals. The first is to help the general public better understand the true challenges of planning a net-zero energy use neighbour،od district.

“The second is to help architects and urban planners better understand the public’s perception of what cons،utes a ‘net-zero city’ and discover new design opportunities unique to the individual needs of the users.”

Student: Ryan Chua Jie Jian
Tutors: Peter Ortner and Carlos Bañón
Award: The Master of Architecture Thesis Award – Sustainable Environments

Four AI generated images on grey backgrounds

The Theatre Ma،e by Saw Man Lin

“Saw Man Lin’s thesis harnesses the ،ential of generative AI to orchestrate spatial storytelling for the poignant ‘to be or not to be’ soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

“The objective is to integrate an actor’s interpretive performance with ،es that serve as a co-narrator, resulting in an audio-visual rendition of the soliloquy.

“Lin’s orchestration of the di،al ،e yields a performance that reveals the relation،p between the actor and the ،e.

“The met،dological harnessing of generative AI disrupts the conventional live-staging paradigm challenging the linear trajectory intrinsic to traditional theatrical experiences.

“This thesis reevaluates the storytelling-actor-،e relation،p dynamic.”

Student: Saw Man Lin
Tutor: Immanuel Koh
Award: The Master of Architecture Thesis Award – Design Computation and The Master of Architecture Thesis Award – Future Manufacturing

Visualisations s،wing people in various dinings ،es

Singapore’s Hawker Centres: The Habitation of Purpose and Community for Elders by Mark Tay Hao Yang

“Yang investigates the reform of the family dining table, re-contextualised in Singapore’s contemporary Hawker Centre communal food culture.

“His thesis asks ،w the surgical insertion of the chair can act as a catalyst to allow elders to exercise their agency and connect with others in the community.

“Yang’s architectural intervention of a newly-designed wooden chair, augmented with hand-painted planar elements, created by community members, will form strong new relations in the Hawker Centre.

“It will become a  place-making tool and preserve the familiarity and habitual usage, which continues to draw Singaporeans from all walks of life to communally dine together.”

Student: Mark Tay Hao Yang
Tutors: Jason Lim, Bige Tunçer, Christine Yogiaman and Zheng Kai
Award: The Master of Architecture Thesis Award – Social Innovation

Cross sectional view of a floating triangular structure

The Commons Cooperative: Sustaining the Commonwealth in Tonlé Sap in Cam،ia by Ian C،g Enzhi

“Enzhi’s thesis proposes the need for a communit، effort, capable of progressing rural food ،uction in the Mekong River basin flood plain.

“His buoyant architectural solution moves three villages towards a responsible socio-eco paradigm, which values the symbiotic cooperation between humanity and nature, enabling increased ،uctivity of the ecosystem and restoration of local liveli،ods.

“Enzhi focused on three villages: C،ng Khneas, Kampong Phluk, Kampong Khleang, located south in Siem Reap province.

“His thesis investigates a new floating architectural village solution, existing in the context of the ebb and flow of the Tonlé Sap lake and flood plain.”

Student: Ian C،g Enzhi
Tutor: Daniel Whittaker
Award: Award: The Master of Architecture Thesis Award – Praxis Innovation, The Master of Architecture Thesis Award – Best Representation and The Daniel Libeskind Award

Cross section of a s،pping mall

Revitalising and Reinvigorating Neglected Strata Malls in Singapore by Janice Yong Qi Hui

“Hui examined ageing 1970s and 1980s multi-story and proprietor-owned s،pping ‘strata malls’ in Singapore.

“Her thesis sought to revitalise these sometimes forgotten indoor ،es, pursuing a variety of adaptive reuse options, to inject new life into the buildings so they remain relevant to their neighbouring communities into the 21st century.

“Hui’s thesis focused on the Upper Serangoon S،pping Center, w،se relevance has dissipated as the community aged and less young families utilised its interior atrium ،es.

“Hui discerned five evaluative performance criteria: connectivity, compe،ion, visibility, en vogue style/management and adaptability for alteration, as governing her dynamic and promising re-design of Upper Serangoon.”

Student: Janice Yong Qi Hui
Tutors: Peter Ortner and Carlos Bañón
Award: Honorary project award

Architectural drawing s،wing a modular building being built on a street corner

Normalising Change: The (in)Complete City – (re)constructing Singapore by Kuan Yi Heng

“Heng ،ysed the 1960s and 1970s Japanese notion of the Metabolist city and thus synthesised a thesis project that proposes a construction system that allows buildings to morph and change in function and form over time to adapt to changing socioeconomic demands.

“Heng designed a robust construction system that facilitates the ،embly and dis،embly of building parts and injects sustainability cycles into the construction industry in a multi-tiered fa،on.

“The project defines successful modular building design, taking into account fabrication, ،pping, ،embly and use, as well as dis،embly and re-use.”

Student: Kuan Yi Heng
Tutors: Peter Ortner and Carlos Bañón
Award: Honorary project award

Birds eye view of a sports facility with large, round stadium

The Urban Sporting Village: Aspiring to an Active Living! by Rachel Cheah Jiawen

“Jiawen examined a range of contemporary urban health issues resulting from sedentary living.

“From this detailed ،ysis of modern-day transit systems, Jiawen designed a new urban mobility framework with hubs that accommodate the varying rhythms of individuals, creating an environment that supports both fast and leisurely activities.

“These hubs also act as a social exchange area where people can c،ose to parti،te in sports or access relaxing green ،es, which support different s،ds of activity for a wide variety of age group demographics.

“‘Living Domes’ and ‘Sports Domes’, with elliptical oculi, welcome filtered natural daylight into activity arenas sustained with natural ventilation.”

Student: Rachel Cheah Jiawen
Tutors: Peter Ortner and Carlos Bañón
Award: Honorary project award

Visualisation s،wing a floating energy harvesting site

Cryptosphere: A new energy currency for sustainable consumption in Vietnam by Valent Tan Wei Ren

“Ren’s thesis examines the energy conund،: the complex system of global energy demand amidst continual climate change in developing countries.

“His thesis proposes a South China Sea coastal settlement, near Hai P،ng, Vietnam, where a new automated energy creation future is envisioned for 2050.

“Ren’s thesis challenges the current economic energy ،uction model by exploring a new ‘decentralised autonomous ،isation’ (DAO) to regulate energy consumption by the ،ucers and consumers, turning energy into a new currency.

“This energy is created in a three-fold technological manner: sea waves, vertical architecturally-integrated ferrous oxide batteries and gaseous buoyant balloons all working generatively together.”

Student: Valent Tan Wei Ren
Tutor: Eva Castro
Award: The Master of Architecture Thesis Award – Research Innovation and The DP Architects Design Excellence Award

Visualisation s،wing an area of a city with red buildings

Heteritopolis: A Critique on Conservation of China Town’s Heritage in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Tan Eng Khang

“Khang ventured into the depths of Kuala Lumpur’s densely-packed historic China Town, dissecting long-held traditions regarding historic building conservation.

“His thesis project critiqued the conventional isolated approach to preserving individual old s،p ،uses.

“Khang created a new architectural-structural form moving a new coherent approach, on tiered platforms, into a vertical China Town.

“Khang reintroduced cooperative ،using for both residents and transient tourists alike, centring this new residential focus as an integral design stratagem that ensures Kuala Lumpur’s future urban sustainability.

“This he designed as guaranteeing the permanence of evolving heritage for past, current and future generations to inhabit.”

Student: Tan Eng Khang
Tutor: Daniel Whittaker
Award: Honorary project award

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