Thomas Schroepfer presents results of Dense+Green Studio; opens exhibition at the Singapore Institute of ArchitectsMar 04, 2011
Associate Professor of Architecture Thomas Schroepfer was invited to present the results of his Fall 2010 Dense+Green Architecture Option Studio, in conjunction with their exhibition, at the Singapore Institute of Architects last month. The studio results will also be featured in the upcoming issue of Singapore Architect Magazine.
Dense+Green engaged in today’s debates on sustainable approaches for high density cities by seeking new possibilities for integrating green spaces in projects including extensive sky terraces, living facades, vertical parks etc. Combinations of all these, mixed with residential typologies, hotels and offices explored building typologies that produce vertical cities in which the building section becomes what the horizontal plane has entailed up to now.
In the studio students investigated these issues in the context of the city’s Tanjong Pagar Waterfront, an approximately 150-ha site that is currently part of one of the world’s busiest ports. The area has been indentified to be Singapore’s next waterfront city with a wide range of programs and uses. Being located between the old and the new city and in close proximity to several universities, a large island resort, and the Central Business District area, it is meant to be packaged with large structures to deliver a plethora of spectacular buildings.
The role of the studio was both to question and reason through the transformative pressure that is exerted on this particular site and to find innovative ways of approaching the debates surrounding dense and green building typologies, taking into account their effect beyond their immediate architectural scale and interpreting them as a new collective entity. As such, the projects addressed complex topics of design, dwelling, community in space, building technologies, environmental strategies, but at the same time, explored new trajectories in the role of architecture for a development of a city of the future.