post-script | in retrospect

Every city has stories. Our daily lives form the script, and we are the characters. Architecture provides for the dialogue, backdrops, transitions and tones. Every year, students from the department of architecture, NUS, articulate their idea of how the built environment should/could be. Their processes are just as much a part of the story.

Post-Script examines selected works and the efforts of their progenitors. Ranging from undergraduate to post-graduate content, the exhibition illustrates the widely varying approaches to architectural discourse. The chapters are a chronicle of journeys laid out with equal parts care and abandon. And as with all stories, there comes a time to pause and look back on the paths we have chosen.

The beauty of a library lies in its provisions for intimacy, custody and wonder. There are the grandest ideas balanced upon collections of tiny  moments. The Architecture Society aimed to capture this aspect of chronology for their school’s year-end exhibition. Post-Script alludes to the various narratives which amalgamate year after year the growing pedagogies of the school. When confronted with the challenge of presenting the overarching framework through the products.

Of individual efforts, the society chose to adopt the approach of the librarian in cataloging these scripts. The trajectory of a student project culminates in a final critique, thereafter entombed in portfolios and book shelves. But the appraisal and interrogation of the work is just as much a part of the process as the research, design and refinement is.

The society asked what a collective, living portfolio would look like. A ‘public’ portfolio for all to see. The scaffolding was utilized in response to the conditions of the site (Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts), an atrium converted from the space between two historic buildings. By creating a literal frame, the large rolls and models as well as the tall space were emphasized and given prominence.

Just like any student project, the result was compounded by our peers.

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Text: Srisaravanan
Photo Credit: & Lloyd Ng, Master of Architecture, Class of 2011


SPECULATIONS: NUS Architecture Studio Exhibition

Speculations is a chronicle of design projects done by 13 NUS Department of Architecture Year 4 students over the course of Semester 2 2010/2011, under the instruction of A/P Bobby Wong. The projects reflect a two-pronged (macro and micro) investigation. The macro response comprises of masterplans, involving the projection of societal and contextual conditions upon which architecture is contingent. On the micro level, students elaborate on these reactions into individual projects, detailed with technical imagination, addressing socio-political premises and realism. The intention is to transcend beyond the mere search for expression, to confront directly items and concepts upon which this language is conceived.

The projects on exhibit follow 4 directions:

Jurong Bird Park Tropical Paradise

Anticipating the obsoletion of heavy industries, this series of projects speculate the takeover of Jurong industrial area by Jurong Bird Park. A new typology of infrastructures, bird aviaries, is propagated over the landscape, resulting in hybrid industries. Nature’s seizure appears sinister as the masterplan seeks to facilitate a more effective mode of exploitation and consumption.

Tr(ASH) City at Pulau Semakau

Responding to fears engendered by climate change, consumption patterns and drastic population growth, Tr(ASH) City attempts to combine landfills and habitable spaces. Ash resulting from the incineration of waste is stored in colossal silos rising over a submerged Pulau Semakau. The silos act as structural foundations upon which a new city is to be built. This series of projects speculate the maximisation of limited resources and the emergence of society adapting to its new environment.

Kafka’s Kukup

This project imagines the construction of a penal colony on Pulau Kukup, Johor Bahru. The prison attempts to reform inmates through the replanting of mangroves, following which new consumption programmes co-opts the structures left behind by the prison. Kafka’s Kukup narrates the struggle and contradictions of control, inspired by Franz Kafka’s “The Castle”.

Pyron 7719

Unearthing the historical context of St John’s Island as a quarantine station during colonial administration, Pyron 7719 proposes a vaccine laboratory – where humans serve as test subjects. The project’s controversial endeavour tests the moral judgement of its observers as a small group is seemingly sacrificed for the greater good of society.


The exhibition will be open from 5 to 21 August 2011, 11am – 5pm daily at the Forest Rain Gallery located at Blk 261 Waterloo Street #02-43/44. A publication narrating the design exploration will be launched on the opening day and will be available for purchase for the duration of the exhibition.

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“Pop Ply P** City” by NUS – City Colours 2011

In conjunction with National Day, we were invited to participate in the City Colours 2011 competition. We would appreciate your support by voting for your favourite scheme.

1. Click Like on facebook group to vote.
2. Click Like on the album labelled “Pop Ply P** City” by NUS etc.

Vote here now!

Thank you for your support.

The concept stands to engage Singaporeans and global citizens alike to the city scale of Singapore by providing ‘pop-up stands’ on site. The street art aims to engage people with visuals of our city scape, with p(r)ops of wit and fun. The team drew inspiration from the idea of ‘pop-up cards’ where the recipient experiences springs of delight when the card contents are propped up from a horizontal plane.

Harry Potter Opening Night! With Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas invited students and staff from NUS Department of Architecture for the opening night of the last installment of the Harry Potter series, 14 July 2011 at Vivocity Golden Village Cinemas. A truly magical night!

 The Architecture Society, on behalf of our students and staff, would like to express our thanks to Hunter Douglas for their generous support.

PGPR Green Roof Project

NUS Office of Housing Services (OHS) and the Department of Architecture invited students to participate in a design workshop over 11 – 25 July and to submit idea proposals in greening Prince George’s Park Residences (PGPR) – the site being the courtyard expanse in front of PGPR’s mini-mart.

The workshop intends to reduce heat generated by the sun during the day, in addition to converting the courtyard into a more interesting space for students.

Some of the ideas generated during this workshop will be considered for the actual proposal and construction of the intervention.