Form Follows Fiction: Ole Scheeren’s TED Talk on Why Architecture Should Tell a Story

08:00 - 28 January, 2016

In his TED Talk filmed at TEDGlobal London in September 2015, Ole Scheeren eschews what he describes as the “detrimental straightjacket” of the modernist mantra “form follows function” in favor a phrase he attributes to Bernard Tschumi, “form follows fiction.” While Tschumi was referencing how cultural artifacts, such as literature, impact architecture, Scheeren reinterprets the phrase, imagining the stories of building users in order to inform the design process. Scheeren recounts, for example, how the daily activities of CCTV employees, the lifestyles of residents of a Singapore housing block, or the traditional tools of Thai fishermen have informed his various designs for OMA and Büro Ole Scheeren.

Of course, this “fiction” that Scheeren describes, these stories, are not really fictions at all, but the real experiences of the people who live or work in his buildings. In that sense, the fiction that drives his forms is really just another type of function, albeit a more human approach to function. Nevertheless, for Scheeren the stories of these designs goes beyond just the users, also encompassing the stories of the hundreds of people it takes to make such buildings a reality, and even how architecture can become a character in the narratives of our own lives.

Victoria Park / ipli architects

22:00 - 15 January, 2016
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Yip Yuen Hong
  • Design Team

    Tan Sok Leng, Andrei Johandiputra
  • Main Contractor

    QS Builders
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Desmond Han, Goh Kim Hui

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Namly Hill / ipli architects

19:00 - 13 January, 2016
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Killiney Road / ipli architects

22:00 - 7 January, 2016
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© Desmond Han, Goh Kim Hui
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Yip Yuen Hong
  • Design Team

    Thanyaphat Sukhonthatam, Matthew See
  • Main Contractor

    Planar One & Associates Pte Ltd
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Desmond Han, Goh Kim Hui

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Paterson 3 / AR43 Architects

19:00 - 25 December, 2015
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3 Architects Win President’s Designer of the Year Award in Singapore

14:00 - 20 December, 2015
MKPL Architects Recent Winning Proposal for the Singapore Rail Corridor Revitalization. Image Courtesy of Norm Li for MKPL Architects
MKPL Architects Recent Winning Proposal for the Singapore Rail Corridor Revitalization. Image Courtesy of Norm Li for MKPL Architects

The President's Design Award, which honours Singapore designs and designers, has named its three Designers of the Year for 2015. Dr. Colin K. Okashimo (sculptor and landscape architect), Mr. Franklin Po (Principal of landscape architecture practice Tierra Design) and Mr. Siew Man Kok (co-founder of MKPL Architects) were selected from 111 nominations by a 14-member panel, which included British architect Richard Rogers.

Nikken Sekkei Designs Master Plan to Revitalize a Former Railway Spanning the Entirety of Singapore

06:00 - 30 November, 2015
The Station Garden accommodates amenities like a bicycle station, and a café, as well as spaces for larger events like the Green Corridor Run within a lush, green environment. Image © Nikken Sekkei
The Station Garden accommodates amenities like a bicycle station, and a café, as well as spaces for larger events like the Green Corridor Run within a lush, green environment. Image © Nikken Sekkei

A design team led by Nikken Sekkei, in collaboration with Tierra Design and Arup Singapore, has won a competition to Master Plan a 24-kilometer long former railway corridor that spans the entirety of Singapore with their proposal entitled “Lines of Life.” The proposal, chosen by a panel from Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority incorporates green areas, footpaths, bicycle paths, and surrounding developments that are flexibly implementable over many years, so that the former train line can be best integrated into its surroundings.

Kki Sweets and The Little Drom Store / PRODUCE WORKSHOP

20:00 - 28 November, 2015
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© Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Zubir Said Dr, Singapore 227968
  • Design Team

    PAN Yicheng; LOH Jian Hao, Jay; Don YAP; Stanley TAN; TEO Xiao Wei; CHUA Hong Zhi; Iven PEH; Chantal TAN
  • Area

    136.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography

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MKPL Architects Wins Two Projects in Singapore Rail Corridor Competition

06:00 - 19 November, 2015
The waterscape in the precinct is one of its distinct characteristics, where residents are able to get in close proximity with different habitants.. Image Courtesy of Norm Li for MKPL/Turenscape Team
The waterscape in the precinct is one of its distinct characteristics, where residents are able to get in close proximity with different habitants.. Image Courtesy of Norm Li for MKPL/Turenscape Team

After competing with a strong shortlist of firms, which included  OMA, MVRDV, West 8, Grant Associates and Olin Partnership, a team comprising MKPL and Turenscape International has been selected for not just one, but two, of the three projects planned for the Singapore Rail Corridor – the Choa Chu Kang affordable housing development and the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station renovation. Read more about the two projects after the break.

4th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2016)

07:17 - 7 November, 2015

Advances in Architecture and Civil Engineering are the order of the day with the rapid industrialization and urbanization seen in developed and developing nations. Innovative design and construction practices are challenging tasks to the architects and engineers to meet the ever growing demands of society. The conference is the premiere forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The conference will bring together leading researchers, architects, engineers and scientists in this domain of interest from around the world.

The themes of the conference are:
Infrastructure Design for Regions in Rapid Development
Infrastructure

Trevose House / A D LAB

22:00 - 6 November, 2015
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© Masano Kawana

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WAF Day 2 Winners Announced

08:30 - 5 November, 2015
World Architecture Festival, the world's largest international architectural event, has today announced the second of two sets of category winners for 2015.
World Architecture Festival, the world's largest international architectural event, has today announced the second of two sets of category winners for 2015.

The second group of winners of the World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) 2015 category awards have been announced today with BIG’s future Vancouver House in Canada and People's Architecture Office’s The Courtyard House Plugin in China among the awarded projects.

The 14 winners from day two of the festival will go on to compete against the winners of day one to receive the title World Building of the Year. The projects will be presented in front of a Super Jury, which includes Manuelle Gautrand, Sou Fujimoto and Peter Cook.

Check out the Day 1 winners here and view the Day 2 winners after the break. 

World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Category Winners

09:33 - 4 November, 2015
World Architecture Festival, the world's largest international architectural event, has today announced the first of two sets of category winners for 2015.
World Architecture Festival, the world's largest international architectural event, has today announced the first of two sets of category winners for 2015.

OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren, Populous, and a21 studio are among the first set of category winners of The World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) 2015 awards. Announced today during the festival’s opening, the winners of the categories will go on to compete on Friday for the title of the World Building of the Year 2015.

Held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from November 4-6, this year’s festival is centered on the theme 50:50, in honor of Singapore’s upcoming 50th anniversary as an independent country. In addition to hosting the world’s largest architectural awards program, WAF also features three days of conferences, architect-led city tours, documentary screenings, live crit presentations and networking opportunities.

View the full shortlist here, and see which 14 built and future projects took home awards after the break.  

Gustafson Porter and Ingenhoven Unveil Mountainous Development Rising in Singapore

12:30 - 29 October, 2015
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© M+S Pte. Ltd

The landscape architects of Gustafson Porter has shared with us their newest project in the center of Singapore's business district: Marina One. The massive mixed-use scheme is said to be "one of the first" to "integrate soft landscape into the fabric of the building," carving a public "Green Heart" in between the development's four towers - two residential and two commercial high-rises designed by Ingenhoven Architects and A61

"The ‘Green Heart’ at the center of the Marina South towers evokes a rice paddy field, terraced into steep hillsides and made arable for the cultivation of rice, an essential crop of the East Asia," says Gustafson Porter. "Visitors and inhabitants ascend skywards from the Green Heart into Strata Terraces, a Cloud Garden, Green Screens and Rooftop Gardens that allude to the changing environments and habitats that one might experience whilst climbing a mountain."

Rienzi / A D LAB

22:00 - 28 October, 2015
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World Architecture Festival 2015 Seminar Program

04:30 - 28 October, 2015

World Architecture Festival has today announced the exciting seminar programme for this year’s event. Featuring some of the world’s premier architecture practices including BIG, SOM and Manuelle Gautrand, the talks programme will run alongside the annual WAF Awards and exhibition displays at the world famous Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 4 – 6 November.

1919 / Park + Associates

19:00 - 23 October, 2015
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ArchXpo 2016

22:00 - 17 October, 2015
ArchXpo 2016
ArchXpo 2016

Co-Organised with Singapore Institute of Architect (SIA), ArchXpo 2016 will be it's 3rd Installation in the coming year.