Historic Malacca Post Cards

54-56 Jalan Tun Cheng Lock

Melaka, Malaysia

Fridays 1pm – 5pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am – 5pm

Free admission, 19 February – 22 May 2011

Old photographs tell many private and secret stories. Old photographs in the form of pocture postcards, in particular, are a public exposition of things, people, sights seen by travellers along the way, that momentarily captured their private attention.

This is an exhibition of more than hundred postcard views of Malacca between 1900-1950 seen through the eyes of colonial travellers. Organized along four broad topographical themes: Town, Country-side, Life and Sea – most, if not all are of sights, places and practices that have since changed or have disappeared altogether.


“Form Follows Performance”

Form Follows Performance

Digital Fabrication in Architecture Studio

DTS Year 4 Program / Department of Architecture / School of Design and Environment / National University of Singapore

Form Follows Function has been manifested as the dogma of modern architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. However, as consequence of recent development of digital design and fabrication technologies, we are observing a number of free-form designs without reflecting sufficient functional relevancy. Those free-forms are eye caching, however, each one is nearly un-identifiable due to flood of the fluid forms. Apparently one of the strength of digital fabrication technologies is laid on rapid fabrication capability of complex and precise 3D forms, however it is yet to justify the use of those new technologies particularly for architectural design and scale. Form Follows Performance is critical agenda to supersede the current gap between the technological advancement and genuine architectural functional needs. Its design criteria are performance based rather than form driven, which involves simple part of structural and environmental simulation as design input. Its appearance of technologies in architectural form is rather sophisticated, yet to support the profound leap in contemporary architectural design and construction.

We would like to cordially invite you to one of the first of its kind of exhibitions in Singapore,
“Form Follows Performance” by Digital Fabrication in Architecture Studio, NUS.

Venue: Promenade, Level 8, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore
Period: 19 Feb. 2011, 5 pm – 26 Feb. 2011 (10 am – 9 pm daily, admission free)
Opening: 19 Feb. 2011, 2 pm – 2:30 pm (Guided tour with refreshments. RSVP by 17 February 2011 to Ping Lei, pinglei1986@hotmail.com)
For more information, please go to http://dfabnus.wordpress.com/category/studio/ay-20102011-sem-1/
Best regards,

Shinya OKUDA (Tutor) / Adriel SIM / Chevy LEE / Michelle HO / PING Lei / TAN Yong Shen / Saurabh BHAGRA / Caroline LAW Xiu Ling / Grace CHEONG / Jenny TEJA SUKARDI / Tracy TAN Xiu Ning / Vinod RAJPUT / Tania MIGLANI

Two German Architectures 1949-1989

Location: SDE Exhibition Hall,

Department of Architecture,

National University of Singapore,

4 Architecture Drive

Date: 4 March – 10 April 2011

Time: 10am – 5pm

For NUS Architecture Students, Galler-Sitter sign up at http://bit.ly/hfFOfZ

Lecture: Harmut Frank

Date: Friday 4 March 2011 6-8pm

Location: SDE Lecture Room 423 (followed by a tour of the Exhibition)

International Conference on Urbanism

Student Facilitator sign-up here

The International Conference on Urbanism will be held on the 24th to 26th February. They require 15 conference student  facilitators for the 3 full day events and 6 tour student helpers for tour guides.

  • Conference student facilitators (24th to 26th February) will tend the respective conference lecture theaters and aid the conference speakers in meeting their conference needs.
  • Tour student facilitators (24th February) will bring Conference Participants on a guided tour (training provided).

Conference Agenda: http://globalvisions2011.ifou.org/agenda.html

International Conference on Urbanism

Global Visions: Risks and Opportunities for the Urban Planet is the title of the 5th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism that will take place from February 24th to 26th, 2011 at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in Singapore.
The conference will be organized within the framework of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) by the Department of Architecture and the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC) at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS) in collaboration with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Singapore as well as the participating universities of the IFoU network.

The conference aims to generate an exchange between the academic and the professional debate, to investigate opportunities and risks for the sustainable urban development and to discuss visions, concepts and best practices. In this framework causes, reasons and dependencies of worldwide transformation processes will be analyzed and planning strategies and design concepts for a more sustainable development of cities and regions will be explored. Both research and design approaches are sought for this forum. For that purpose, differing specialties and scales will be integrated within the conference agenda: urban (and regional) planning and management, urban and architectural design, urban sociology, economics, geography and ecology.

Target Groups
During the conference, scientific results, as well as design concepts and technical solutions will be presented; theoretical approaches will be discussed as well as professional experiences and best practices. With this in mind, the target group would include a range of different backgrounds: architects and urban planners; policy makers, students and researchers from different disciplines; managers and politicians, all of whom are involved in or interested in design, planning and the management of the built environment.

Keynote Speakers
CHEONG Koon Hean Housing Development Board, Singapore
Sanjay PRAKASH Sanjay Prakash & Associates, India
LIU Thai-Ker RSP Architects, Planers & Engineers, Singapore
MENG Yan URBANUS, Shenzhen
Edward SOJA UCLA, Los Angeles

Participating Universities
Beijing University of Technology
Berlage Institute Rotterdam
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Delft University of Technology
National University of Singapore
Seoul National University
Taiwan University Taipei
Tarumanagara University Jakarta
Tongji University Shanghai
Tsinghua University Beijing
Universitá IUAV di Venezia
University of Tokyo
UPC Barcelona

Contestation // Student Lounge Design Voting

Recently concluded, Phase 1 consisted of a 3-day design workshop, culminating in a review session (panel: Mr Cheah KM, Mr Richard Ho, Mr Yang Pow Sing). Mr Yang and Mr Cheah acted as design advisors. The students are allowed to develop further their schemes (throughout the duration of Phase 2, deadline: 17 Jan).

1. The lounge should be able to fit at least 14 adult persons (1 studio) at any one time

2. The lounge should be sheltered

3. Noise pollution from surrounding workshop programmes should be addressed.

4. The lounge is to be naturally-ventilated

5. There should be multiple layering of programmes

6. While no lock/key are to be provided, the lounge should be secure/private

In addition, the lounge should address the need for a student workshop/assembly area.

Cast your Votes Here! Poll ends on 19th February 2011.



The design proposes the revival of ‘outdoor culture’ through the introduction of several activities, for example, movie-watching. The proposed lounge consist of 3 parts; a semi-outdoor area, a sheltered space and an outdoor space around the nearby tree to be enveloped by a wall.


The walls are proposed to be made of recyclable materials such as paper tubes.



The design proposes the idea of ‘customisable’ spaces – spaces which will allows students to feel comfortable, which also respond to the students’ temporal use of space or rapid changes in programmes. Through the use of screens, students are able to alter the dimensions of the spaces which they inhabit, while at the same time these spaces are ‘zoned’ to allow similar/related programmes to develop in close proximity.


Flexibility is expressed through the provision of customisable spaces, housed in a steel frame structure, arranged to a modular grid. The spaces are tailored through the movement of walls (partitions), hung like curtains from an overhead network of tracks. Some parts of the roof may be movable to accommodate other programmes.



The design revolves around the idea of ‘freedom’ – the expression of freedom on the students’ part and the production of a space that would allow such freedom. A large envelope is derived, allowing activities to occur within the perimeters while allowing several programmes to occur on walls of the envelopes.


The proposal involved timbre-frame construction, cladded or infilled using recyclable materials gathered. New spaces are created on the walls, which instead of remaining as a static, 2-dimensional plane, could be installed with hinged ‘shelves’ allowing objects / activities or even individual users to be stacked on top of one another.