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Imaginary Island Living

Part 2 Project 2000
Philip Yong
National University of Singapore | Singapore
Starting with the idea of using architecture to create a site, orchestrating conditions for the production of an artificial landscape. The project is sited on an island to be reclaimed under the the singapore masterplan in the year x. The thesis in itself is a method of establishing a framework to define varies notion set by the authority by which: 1. to redefine the notion of master planning. 2. deny the pre-established boundaries of the effect of zoning that the country used heavily. 3. allow flexible intensification and diversification where possiblities is developed. 4. faciliating hybrids to be discovered instead of perpetuating predetermined entities (of functions and programme).
The 8km island is here referred as an imaginary entities, enriched by a sequential induction of 'conditions' that is derived from varies studies of possiblities 9 from a series of carefully selected examples), thereby creating architectural frameworks that enable 12 distinctive sites to be explored on the imaginary setting. The final manifestation is on one of the sites, number 9, that least provide the idea of island, creating a topological envelope that creates opportunities to redefine notions of island living.

Philip Yong

The thesis is exploratory in both its design method and conceptual proposal, questioning convectional Master Planning and Urban Design approaches in which are essentially governed by land-use, zoning density and plot ratio parameters.
The exploration is tempered with the Singapore planning parameters which is thoroughly reserached to substantiate Philip's theoretical conjectures. This gives credibility to the academic exercise. In projecting for the future, the maturity of his thinking process is matched by the breadth of the scope of his planning and design considerations relevant to edge conditions of land and water.
It is in this respect of its exploratory contect that his thesis stands apart from others in his cohort and that the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore has proposed Philip Yong's work as a likely candidate for the RIBA President's Medal Part II.

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