Discipline the City

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Act I — Disciplinary design choreographs and limits human movement. 

Featured artists:
(Not The) Singapore Venice Pavilion
Jiehui Avery Chen
Calvin Chua

Display date: 23 Aug—24 Sep

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(Not The) Singapore Venice Pavilion

by The Persuasive Design Agency


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The Persuasive Design Agency at The Substation is calling for proposal entries of alternative visions for the Singapore Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2018.

This competition aims to explore the future of the Biennale model, through the particular instance of the Singapore Pavilion. Competitors are encouraged to propose the broadest range of alternative visions: rituals, constructions, engagements, practices, materials, climates, atmospheres. Proposals should consider questions of scale, construction processes, waste and expense. The sourcing and shipping of materials (an expensive component of the current model), and the afterlife of all components should be carefully considered.

The competition is open to everyone. Architects, designers, artists, and students in particular are invited to participate, either as individuals or in teams, from Singapore or elsewhere.

Shortlisted entries will be exhibited as part of Discipline the City at The Substation from 23 August to 24 September 2017.

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Playground / Wonderland / Utopia

by Jiehui Avery Chen


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All utopias are depressing because they leave no room for chance, for difference, for the miscellaneous’. 
Georges Perec, Think/Classify (1985)

These projects re-examine the possibility of urban utopias—albeit not in the classical, or Modernist-classical sense of the term. This is attempted in a number of ways. In an early media studies project, Chen attempts to find play among the crowd control objects of Singapore, in barricades and fences. These objects inform bodily movements that are unexpected, gymnastic, and playful. In later urban design works, she explores incomplete utopias that are “filled in” in likewise unexpected ways. An ark forms a linear refuge, penetrated by foliage and roots, in an informal settlement. At the other end of the modern spectrum, the designed paradise of Brasilia is re-centred around a runway, a counter-intuitive arrangement which fulfils the Corbusian dream of the utopia as an object seen from the air.


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Jiehui Avery Chen (Singaporean) is completing her RIBA Part 2 studies at the Architectural Association, London.


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City of Cores

by Calvin Chua


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The city shifts from being the ground for political struggle to one that is pacified and abstracted via technocratic indexes such as sustainability, happiness, creativity, etc. Architecture is co-opted to recreate these values through globally identifiable and spectacular images — think about how much of Singapore is represented consistently from its skyline to the infinite pool at Marina Bay Sands to the Sci-fi dystopia of Gardens by the Bay.

In contrast, the service core is architecture in its barest forms. Comprising elevators, mechanical and electrical services, it is deliberately invisible yet integral to modern building. In trying to arrive at a more accurate representation of urban life (that is subject to the flux and speculation of the market), the artist multiplies the service cores infinitely, collapsing all human habitats into the totality of the machine, a city made only of cores.
 


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Calvin Chua is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Architecture at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and founder of Spatial Anatomy, a design studio that works at the intersection between architecture and the city. In parallel, Calvin currently directs an architectural workshop in Pyongyang through the AA Visiting School Programme and Choson Exchange. The workshop which allows DPRK and foreign architecture students to collaborate on a design project, has been featured in various news media, including Monocle Radio and CNN. An alumnus of the Architectural Association, Calvin is a registered architect in the United Kingdom.


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