If structures were the potent legacy of Elysium Field, then the place is designed with the rhetoric nature of denial, Liberty and democracy are more over the icing of the cake, speech and expression become the suicidal tool of the inhabitants. Where is the next place that is a no place?
We, as the citizens have once witnessed the cost of voicing out political opinions/ ideas as a responsible democratic citizen is dreadful in our context. Indeed, they said it was for the country safety purposes but Lincoln once said let the citizen know the truth, the country will be safe. The quote emphasized on transparency and democracy which every individual have equal rights to voice out, to know and to accept criticism. And freedom of speech was seen as an offensive act towards the government based on their recent action towards the people who provoked thru media and rally. The situation depicted there was no ground for dissent act and stage for public opinions. Hence, there was no leeway for freedom of expression at all in the daily basis where an article by Human Rights Watch mentioned that the people cultivated a sense of self-censorship as an individual basis because of the repressive law.
It significantly caused the loss of voice and idea which it is so potent for to maintain nor improve a self-manage and collaborative society where it needs the opinions of the masses in order to sustain the social structure. And the only time we get to see the citizens voice out their inner opinions thru displacement, words, writings, drawings, speeches, and recordings was on the day of Bersih Rallies which the hetero-landscape that appear once in the blue moon allowed them to do so mainly because it has the power of the masses. It led us to hypothesize that, the Foucault-like heterotopia only appears at the level of mass occupation that manifest the power of democracy. However, it is impossible that mirage-like landscape to happen at the intimate level where we also wondered that the practice of speech should be on daily basis not by event basis yet the place could make that possible is a no place. Hence, the thesis was positioned as a form of manifesto nor polemic to let us question the vulgarity of the architecture and space since architecture has somehow become the public enemy that undermine the public rights. Nevertheless, this serves as an open-ended topic to discuss what kind of realism we could achieve in the near future.
Lunarisk with Edmund Tan, Ao Tang
Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon epitomised mankind’s boundless ambition for exploration. Indeed, a first step of the many to come, as we extend our thoughts on the colonisation of the Moon and beyond. Various agencies worldwide have proposed concepts of establishing infrastructure on the lunar surface. Yet, the process of setting up such a base is often overlooked, in particular the transport of resources to the moon.
Through decades of orbital missions, hazardous space debris have accumulated around Earth’s orbit. Travelling at high velocities, these seemingly insignificant debris can cause huge damage to spacecraft, causing danger to the cargo and passengers within. We present a novel modification to proposed supply chain systems between Earth and the Moon. The addition of a harvesting system to spacecraft flying on these routes allows the collection of these debris during the transport process.
Upon arrival on the Moon, the compressed debris are sorted based on their composition, similar to waste processing plants on Earth. Collected debris can supplement the main mining operations on the Moon, providing additional resources and keeping these transport routes safe at the same time.
These processing plants will be situated near lunar lava tubes, hollow areas left behind by ancient basaltic lava flows. Due to the lack of an atmosphere on the Moon, the lava tubes offer an ideal location for the establishment for settler colonies as they offer protection from various cosmic hazards and drastic temperature fluctuations. It is with great hope that such processing plants are a mainstay of interplanetary colonisation, allowing efficient use of resources and protecting critical trade routes from the danger of space debris.
No Man’s Land with Edmund Tan, Preston Liew, Thai Chee Yoong
Animal and mankind shared the same ground nor space on earth as a home to sustain the existence of their very own species. But for centuries of mankind perpetual strive to create and reinvent their own human-centric utopias that have neglected the coexistence of our fellow ally, the animals on earth. In the process of man-making their utopia to provocate their very own mythology of growth and progress, where it creates various issues like domination of spaces which it directly put some of our allies into the perks of extinction.
As facts and statistic retrieved from the humanitarian organization like the World Bank have proven that scale of human civilization are constantly expanding resulting more spaces will be needed to house the entire race of human beings. Many mainstream manifestos along the years of enlightenment seek to resolve the scarcity and the ownership of spaces from massive scale urbanization, self-sustain city to vertical city but not a single vision to insurge spaces for our animal allies to foster their own habitat after mankind has deliberately consumed their habitable spaces to solve our desire and shortcomings. We believe that mankind has the capacity to solve the population pandemic by claiming more lands and spaces that partially belongs to our allies then it is time to envisioned an intervention on making spaces for animals to foster its own habitats to prolong their livelihood.
Radical Mutation with Edmund Tan
It is the epoch of digital consumption, a race between intangible and tangible realm. It is hypothesised that there’s possibility of architecture evolve into a new state. Perhaps the architecture evaporated itself from the tangible urban to the virtual urban fabric. And this manifesto will be about how the archetype of mall faced a digital revolution that could possibly cause a drastic mutation on the earthly urbanism. It is to argue that the evolution of a past ordinary to new ordinary will cause a snowball effect towards the world of the built environment. But the evolution could be in the positive resolution and mutation. Shopping once holds a spectrum of intensifying programming will face the scenario of decentralisation because the society might no longer need to travel to a shopping mall to purchase their daily needs because shopping online is the norm by then. All they need is a gallery and hub. A pod. The moment when this space consuming complex decentralised and minimise itself into the smallest archetype which the pod. There will be more public spaces and more vacant space to solve the housing density issue as well. Other than that, more public spaces and decentralised places mean more possibilities of explorations which the urban itself has no boundaries and all the programs are weaved together, Perhaps it is called the infinity urbanism which the urban itself become more and more like the virtual world and internet urbanism. Therefore, it is certain that the digital urban has collided with the earthly urban which you need a phone a new digital map for the exploration. In a nutshell, the archetype of mall faced a minimisation and it enlarges itself again by consuming the whole city whereby the city is the mall, the mall is the city. It is site-less, all cities are generic.
Anchor and rover
When designing the backpackers hostel, the future of backpackers was the main concern especially when comes to the generations millennials and beyond the future generations to come . They are borned in the world of social media, messengers app, internet and et cetera. It is called the digital age as everything is one tap away from over electronic devices. The rise of these technologies changes the way how we communicate and how we live. Hence, it also affect the destiny of backpackers culture.
When real life social experiences started to decline and become more introverted, the backpackers trend and culture will slowly meet its end road as well. Because social skills and communication are the main elements that keep the backpackers stay strong and determined like nomads, they moved around to meet new peoples,understand cultures and traditions as well as finding a place that they can share their stories with others. Backpackers are the extroverts and optimists but the next generation are moving into the praxis of social isolation which this epidemic can cause harm more than good to the backpackers culture. Perhaps, the widespread of virus has already started.