THE ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE

Singapore

The Architecture Experience – Singapore takes participants on a 10 day journey across the city state of Singapore exploring projects which showcase sustainable practices through different perspectives and interpretations. The participants will get to study agencies and their  holistic approach towards a focus of providing housing for all, evolution of public housing, transformation of urban areas, planning models used to create a sustainable environment with a high quality of life, and the change in course towards green architecture.

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The Interlace Singapore, Image © Jérémy Binard

Image on top – Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

10

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20

participants

1

city-state

What is The Architecture Experience - Singapore?

The best approach to growing as an architect is to learn from experiencing and observing. The Architecture Experience aims to do just that. Participants get to observe the evolution of urban housing and innovations in the field through site visits and interactions with agencies, and document the learning in a themed narrative for later referencing. The Experience will be a ten day long curated educational tour for up to twenty participants, across the city state of Singapore.

These visits will focus on evolution of public housing through the years and the current focus based on current needs of creating a sustainable environment with a high quality of life, involving the community as stakeholders. All the while looking at sustainability as an underlying theme from the macro to the micro level. The visits also include observations of local-identity areas that are also being rejuvenated with new public spaces, upgraded streetscapes, or sensitive injection of new homes and amenities. Participants will also explore methods of observation and documentation while focusing on urban housing and its development.

Itinerary

In the 10 days, participants will get to work on their own project in sync with their subjects in college. These projects will be relevant for an urban Indian landscape, with inspiration taken from places visited during this Experience.

ParkROYAL Hotel on Pickering by WOHA Architects. Image © William

Arrival in Singapore.

Orientation on the structure of the tour visits and project. Finalisation of teams, and the participants’ individual roles and responsibilities within the team will be defined.

Places to visit: Curated city walk of Singapore City.

Topics of discussion: Understanding the historic context, heritage, and urban planning.

Places to visit: URA, Chinatown.

Topics of discussion: Environmental sustainability, HDB’s approach to urban planning and public housing.

Places to visit: HDB, Tiong Bahru, The Pinnacle, Gardens by the Bay.

Topics of discussion: Design and implementation of the building of a previously colonised nation’s identity, urban renewal.

Places to visit: National museum, Singapore river walk.

Topics of discussion: Planning of private housing estates.

Places to visit: Alexandra, Harbour Front, Henderson wave, The Interlace.

Topics of discussion: Planning with sustainability integration at a micro and macro level.

Places to visit: Tampines Hub, Changi.

Topics of discussion: Living heritage, urban renewal and rejuvenation.

Places to visitClarke Quay, Indian Heritage Centre.

Topics of discussionProtected landscape of the city.

Places to visit: Botanic gardens, Dempsey Hill, architecture studio visit.

Project showcase, culmination of the tour, free days.

Departure to India.

Upcoming batches

Dec 7-16, 2019

How Much Does It Cost?

INR 79,000

The prices are ex-India. To know more on the pricing from your country, please reach out to us through the contact form at the bottom of this page.

What does the cost include?

*Flights are ex-Chennai

Domain Expert Guidance

Course Material

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breakfast & dinner

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Our Partners

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Reena Rao

Tanjong Pagar Community Centre

Curator & Tour leader - The Architecture Experience

Testimonials

The panelists were really considerate of our requirements and everything went well. The experience was really good and helpful. Meeting new people helped me understand their views and perceptions in different topics in architecture. And the studio visits helped me understand a lot of topics related to technicality and sustainability, specially the visits to Takashi Niwa and bhA architects. It was also great to interact with other colleges’ students, and exchange portfolios.
Deepali Naidu
2nd Year, BMS college of Architecture, Bangalore (Participant, July 2019)
The Architecture Experience was a great experience as I got to know what analysis actually was. Sustainability refers to solving existing problems, and not just installing solar panels! The stay and visits were planned well. Mohor shared a lot of her own experiences as a student which also helped. I got many of my architecture related doubts cleared which I couldn't solve before, along with an understanding of functionality and aesthetic. I got many questions answered and I'm satisfied.​
Pauras Narvekar​
3rd Year, Goa College of Architecture, Goa (Participant, June 2019)
The Architecture Experience Vietnam was a great experience for me since before this, I felt a little out of place and wanted motivation to move ahead - so this trip really helped me with that and helped me understand my profession better. It was good to see sustainable architecture in real life, and see real life interpretation of subjects like building construction and architectural design. I also loved interactions with fellow participants.​
Sagarika Kaushik
4th Year, Vastu Kala Academy, Delhi (Participant, July 2019)

Sustainable Development Goals

All our Experiences are aimed at implementing and solving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. Goal no. 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’ is key to our Experiences, since we work with a global team of experts to be able to add value to the learning of the participants. The Architecture Experience Singapore focuses on 3 of the Goals primarily.

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Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation​

– Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being.

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Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable​

– By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing

– By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement

– By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters

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Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

– By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

– Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production

FAQs

–  Students and fresh graduates from architecture colleges and related fields

–  Young professionals from architecture, design and related fields who want to explore Urban Housing & Development in Singapore

Young architects from India could benefit exponentially from observing architecture in a country which shares our colonial past, thereby looking at similar starting points for nation-building post-independence with an intent to provide housing for all. Also observed is Singapore’s rapid success in overcoming its spatial and resource constraints and transforming itself from a third world to a highly liveable first world city-state today. Participants also get to observe newly rejuvenated housing districts in Singapore which retain the distinctive qualities of local identity areas through setting of design guidelines for existing and new developments and retaining key elements.

Yes! This Experience will take up to 20 participants. These participants will be split into smaller teams to execute projects which are designed to give added value to their ongoing projects (school or live)

The Architecture Experience is designed with the intent of enhancing architectural understanding. To this end, a short project is included as part of the experience. The participants will explore methods of observation and documentation while focusing on ideologies of Urban Housing, Development and Sustainability.

This Experience will focus on observing and learning about the importance of site sensitivity, different architectural techniques – active and passive, importance of material selection and other aspects vital to sustainable architecture, which are important tenets of contemporary and new age architecture, be it urban or non urban.

Yes! From a logistics point of view, this price includes the cost of accommodation, flights, visas, breakfast and dinner, local and airport transfers, and entry fees where applicable.

A building can only be understood by moving around and through it, and by experiencing the modulation, and feel the spaces one moves through - from outside into verandah, then rooms, passages, courtyards. Architecture cannot be totally explained but must be experienced."

Geoffrey Bawa

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