Ironically, environmental protection and species conservation efforts require the cautious transformation of the very same natural environment they intend to preserve. In order to withstand the economic and social pressure applied by their surroundings, these contested territories need to grant space for caretakers, researchers, rangers, and eventually also visitors. The aim of the proposed studio is to explore new integrated sustainable strategies for the design of these critical infrastructure.
Students went on a field trip to the site and a visit to the natural habitat of the Sumatran orangutans in the Leuser National Park (Bukit Lawang).
Students are asked to propose a design intervention for a Research Station ‘Suak Balimbing’ as part of the Orangutan Haven project, done in collaboration between the Future Cities Laboratory, SUTD-ASD and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
Find out more about the Orangutan Haven project and the role our students play in this conservation programme.
Orangutan Haven [PDF]
SUTD ORANG UTAN HAVEN STUDIO SITE VISIT
SAT FEB 09 – MON FEB 11
DATE | ACTIVITY & DESCRIPTION
Sat Feb 09 | Flight to Sumatra
Sat Feb 09 | Transfer to City Center
Sat Feb 09 | Official Start of Field Trip, Introduction/Lecture by Ian, Gilbert, (Suherry),
Sat Feb 09 | Dinner
Sat Feb 09 | 1 Night Hotel (Jangga House)
Sun Feb 10 | Transfer to Orang Utan Haven
Sun Feb 10 | Site Visit Orang Utan Haven
Sun Feb 10 | Transfer to Bukit Lawang
Sun Feb 10 | 1 Night Hotel (EcoLodge)
Mon Feb 11 | Half Day Jungle Trekking
Mon Feb 11 | Transfer to Airport
Mon Feb 11 | Flight to SG
This trip was led by Assistant Professor Felix Raspall.