There’s nothing like theoretical architecture to get our minds in a twist. And there’ll be plenty of the sort – alongside talks, exhibitions, film screenings, and more – at this year’s Archifest, whose theme is, fittingly, ‘What Future?’ So it’s only natural we asked three local architects, who are also the festival directors, to sketch us their fantasies of what a future Singapore might look like. Here’s what we got.
Chio Wen Tian, DP ARCHITECTS
‘In future dense metropolises where reclamation is maximised and can no longer be the solution for land scarcity, Singapore taps on the almost unlimited potential of subterranean development to become a model for liveable underground city. Architects will sculpt spaces beneath the surface and design “groundscrapers” where we live, work and transit.’
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Lee Zhi Jie, RichardHO Architects
‘More than 80 percent of our population live in public housing. And yet, we have been replicating monotonous flats. This has numbed our senses and appreciation for spatial quality. This conceptual sketch of future public housing harbours the hope for one to be able to live in and experience delightful spaces.’
Sri Saravanan, ONG&ONG
‘Influenced by Arthur C Clarke’s tales and the geometry of our feng shui-positive one-dollar coin, I imagine a future freed from the confines of gravity and construction limitations. Land is freed for recreation and conservation, and everyone lives within octagons.’