Based on our heritage mapping exercise from the first half of the term, we begin our project with the understanding that TPRS is the most tangible remnant of Singapore’s industrial heritage that is the product of the alignment of many actors, of which the human effort indispensable at every point, TPRS is then a point of concentration of histories and stories.
Projecting that in 2050 Cantonment MRT will be set abuzz with activity as a commuting connection, we wish to disrupt an otherwise fast and linear movement to bid visitors into the folds of TPRS’ history.
We contort an otherwise straight ribbon using two different strategies at two different locations of TPRS according to the kind of artefacts and spatial experience experience that we seek to facilitate.
In the main hall, the ribbon loops about itself to create bubbles of enclosed spaces that ultimately lead visitors on a path of relating personally with the collective stories of TPRS, as recounted in the past and in the future ‘present’. At front green, the same ribbon meanders about, then turns, expands, and lifts where it ‘meets’ the artefacts to create sheltering spaces to facilitate contact between the artefacts and visitors.
These 2 strategies work in unity to bring about 2 different ways of memorialising TPRS’ history.