Singapore Hawker Centres – Interacting Flows in Urban Systems

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Prof. Carlos Banon (SUTD)
Prof. Toni Kotnik (Aalto)
Prof. Pia Fricker (Aalto)
Prof. Luka Piskorec (Aalto)

Digital design is driven by thinking in structures and systems, translated in pattern of order and their interaction. The joint SUTD + AALTO studio is an introduction into such design thinking and emphasises the exploration of spatial organisational pattern, in various levels of abstraction and scale through the integration of computational methods and workflows.
The studio in spring is part of a collaboration with Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) and will explore the role of hawker centres as civic spaces in Singapore. Within the studio, computational methods and techniques will be developed to study the relation between the centre and the city across scales and its underlying flows of different data streams like, people, material and culture, passive thermodynamic strategies urban green.

This knowledge will be used to speculate on proposals for new types of hawker centres in Singapore, aiming at the connection of urban and green systems into a new sustainable urban typology.

The studio is organised as an experimental Design Lab. Computational exploration is complemented by physical models and sophisticated graphic experimental techniques, as well as theoretical grounding. Studio teaching is supported by intense skill building workshops and reading & discussion rounds. The course is aiming at the rethinking of fundamentals of contemporary architecture and landscape architecture and can serve as starting point for a M.Arch thesis research.

Excursion to Helsinki during Recess Week 11.3-15.3.2019 (travel costs partially covered by SUTD, t.b.c.)

Workshop: Aalto Students visiting Singapore 16.2-24.2.2019