URA – The Architecture of Relationships by La Biennale di Venezia

Singapore’s Architecture of Relationships exhibit has been proposed by the URA and DesignSingapore Council to share. Hashim Sarkis, a curator from La Biennale di Venezia, proposed the concept for the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, and he chose the topic “How Will We Live Together?” The Singapore Pavilion will be the eighth nation to display architecture at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, having first participated in the Biennale from 2004 to 2014.

Visitors will see several examples of Singaporean architects and designers from a unique perspective as part of various programs in the Singapore Pavilion that examine and highlight how people in Singapore use public spaces. By participating in the exhibition, visitors will receive an in-depth glimpse of Singaporean cultural and social diversity and may sample an exclusive Singaporean approach to meeting and living together.

Singapore’s urban environment is home to a large majority of the people, who dwell in public housing complexes, which lead to various locations, such as food stalls, community hubs, void decks, and sky gardens.

These are real-world architectural, artistic, and design initiatives that tackle certain typologies peculiar to Singapore. Sixteen circular tables surrounding the Pavilion will display the design ideas that were influenced by hawker center typology.

Various Methods of framing Public Architecture

The four ideas that link the many efforts are: Interacting, Framing, Recognizing, and Thinking. These initiatives illustrate Singaporeans’ many different ways of using public spaces and how these places – both intended and spontaneous – may be used to activate various connections, enhance the quality of the built environment, and gain a new level of spatial leverage.

Providing the populace with the best possible options has never been more important than when applied to small, island countries with limited land resources to support urban expansion.

Due to these concerns, unique public spaces have subsequently been established. This has lead to citizens developing new ways to foster community involvement. Nonetheless, emerging technologies might shift the way people think about public spaces.

This is why Singaporeans’ relationships with one other and their built environment have changed after the implementation of COVID-19. Having access to resources enables community members to investigate these shared public places and face the challenges of making them more sustainable, secure, and resilient. The community is preparing to come out of the epidemic stronger, and the resources may be used to help this cause.

Singapore URA on Design elements in buildings

URA, an agency within the Singapore Tourism Board, explained, “as we use architecture and urban design to solve emerging global issues, it is crucial to continue promoting and enabling community engagement in the design of public spaces” (Architecture & Urban Design). The places where we live and work are all crucial to our well-being. Collectively, they help us to build connections, create memories, discover values, and forge a sense of place in which we call home.

For years, Singapore has evolved its own type of densely packed living and meeting areas in its public parks, hawker centers, void decks, and sky gardens. When the pandemic was occurring, everyone discovered how essential their families and communities were to their overall well-being. The focus of this show is to present what we can do when we work together as a community.

On October 18, 2016, Prof Ho Puay-Peng, curator of the Singapore Pavilion and head of NUS’s Department of Architecture, stated: “As Singapore takes on the daunting task of getting out of the current epidemic, architects will once again have a pivotal role in creating healthy, safe, inclusive, and egalitarian places.”

However, a new agreement for cohabitation must be developed as well. While the current quo cannot remain, perhaps this global public health crisis will drive architects to envision new ways to affect society and seek ways to establish a new culture and approach to addressing societal issues.

The Singapore Pavilion will debut on 22 May 2021 and end on 21 November 2021 during Venice’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition. Pavilion will be displayed to a global audience via digital media in the event of the COVID-19 scenario. It is planned that the exhibition will be remounted in Singapore in 2022, and exact details will be released at a later date.

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