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WOHA Unveils “Fragments of an Urban Future” for the 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 12 May, 2016
WOHA Unveils “Fragments of an Urban Future” for the 2016 Venice Biennale, PARKROYAL on Pickering. Image Courtesy of WOHA Architects
PARKROYAL on Pickering. Image Courtesy of WOHA Architects

Singapore-based WOHA’s “Fragments of an Urban Future” will be on display at the 2016 Venice Biennale, addressing some of the critical issues that megacities face today --  “unprecedented urbanization, accelerating climate change and the need for preservation of tropical biodiversity.” Part of the Global Art Affairs Foundation’s collateral exhibition, “TIME SPACE EXISTENCE,” WOHA’s contribution will be housed in the Palazzo Bembo.

House with Screens / ADX Architects

17:00 - 6 May, 2016
House with Screens / ADX Architects, © Edward Hendricks
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33 Holland Park / studioMilou architecture

22:00 - 4 May, 2016
33 Holland Park / studioMilou architecture , © Fernando Javier Urquijo
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Exhibition: Garden City Mega City: WOHA Rethinks Cities for the Age of Global Warming

18:00 - 28 April, 2016
Exhibition: Garden City Mega City: WOHA Rethinks Cities for the Age of Global Warming, © Christian Erroi
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From commercial mixed-use to hospitality and social housing, Singapore- based WOHA reinterprets the skyscraper as a prototype for hyper-dense, green urban living. Their first major exhibition in the United States, GARDEN CITY MEGA CITY, opens March 23rd, 2016 at The Skyscraper Museum, and unveils twelve of their most recent vertical ecosystems.

Featuring architectural models, videos and renderings, the show contextualizes the firm’s towering endeavors as a stunning contribution to skyscraper design and a radical response to the Asian megacity. WOHA’s projects—in China, Bangkok, and Singapore, among others—address issues such as rampant population growth, preservation of tropical biodiversity, and the desire for

The Little Red Ants / PRODUCE

02:00 - 3 April, 2016
The Little Red Ants / PRODUCE, © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    CT Hub 2, 114 Lavender Street, #11-80, Singapore 338729
  • Project Lead

    PRODUCE WORKSHOP
  • Lead Designer

    PAN Yicheng
  • Area

    170.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Astrid Hill House / Tsao & McKown Architects

20:00 - 10 March, 2016
Astrid Hill House  / Tsao & McKown Architects, © Richard Bryant
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Hut House / Pencil Office

22:00 - 18 February, 2016
Hut House / Pencil Office, Courtesy of Pencil Office
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  • Design

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Designer

    Erik G. L’Heureux AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Structural Engineer

    KKC Consultancy Services
  • Architect of Record

    AKDA Architects
  • Area

    232.34 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Pencil Office

Sky Habitat Singapore / Safdie Architects

21:00 - 11 February, 2016
Sky Habitat Singapore / Safdie Architects, © Edward Hendricks
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Bishan, Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Charu Kokate, Jaron Lubin, Greg Reaves
  • Design Team

    Howard Bloom, Chris Guignon, Jennifer Hardy, Dan Lee, Damon Sidel, Temple Simpson
  • Area

    130000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

'Future of Us' Structural Building Envelope / SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory

19:00 - 9 February, 2016
'Future of Us' Structural Building Envelope / SUTD Advanced Architecture Laboratory, © Oddinary Studios
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  • Architects

  • Location

    30 Marina Blvd, Singapore
  • Design Team

    Thomas Schroepfer, Alex Cornelius, Aloysius Lian, Thomas Wortmann, Christyasto Priyonggo Pambudi, Yehezkiel Wiliardy Manik, Joel Yap Kar Jing, Amanda Yeo Qian Yu
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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
Victoria Park / ipli architects, © Desmond Han, Goh Kim Hui
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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

Namly Hill / ipli architects

19:00 - 13 January, 2016
Namly Hill / ipli architects, © Jaume Albert Marti
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Yip Yuen Hong
  • Design Team

    Tan Sok Leng, Lin Hui Ying, Low Ming Fang
  • Main Contractor

    Sage Builders
  • Area

    493.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Killiney Road / ipli architects

22:00 - 7 January, 2016
Killiney Road / ipli architects, © Desmond Han, Goh Kim Hui
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  • 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

Paterson 3 / AR43 Architects

19:00 - 25 December, 2015
Paterson 3 / AR43 Architects, © Albert Lim KS
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3 Architects Win President’s Designer of the Year Award in Singapore

14:00 - 20 December, 2015
3 Architects Win President’s Designer of the Year Award in Singapore, 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
Nikken Sekkei Designs Master Plan to Revitalize a Former Railway Spanning the Entirety of Singapore , 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
Kki Sweets and The Little Drom Store / PRODUCE WORKSHOP, © Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography
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  • 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

MKPL Architects Wins Two Projects in Singapore Rail Corridor Competition

06:00 - 19 November, 2015
MKPL Architects Wins Two Projects in Singapore Rail Corridor Competition, 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.