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As It Flows Away: A Communal Furniture Informed by The Deprivation of the Mauritian Beach

Having lived near to a beach and creating childhood memories of the place, to later witness its deterioration due to erosion is something unbearable, especially when climate change is one of the major reasons. Even if one didn’t have any personal connection to it, the sight of the beach with its golden sand followed by the sea stretching into the horizon is something that awes people. Prompted by the erosion of what was once a pristine beach in Mauritius, this project aims to stimulate sympathy in beachgoers by revealing the natural and increasing human activities that are accelerating this phenomenon across the beaches of the island and most likely all over the world.

To achieve this aim, rigorous on-site observations and surveys were conducted to understand the impact of beach erosion on the society and the economy. Through literature reviews, the understanding of the beach’s impermanence led to the conservation of the beach instead of its preservation.

Informed by observations along the coast of Mauritius and Singapore, a bench has hence been designed as a destructive representation of the Mauritian beach. By placing it next to the beach, the piece allows its users to observe the shore, watching the sand slowly flow away as the waves wash over the beach. From far away, the tapered form of the bench seat signifies a natural erosion, while a closer look reveals footprint-like texture on the lower half-end of the bench, symbolising human invasion.

VagaHome – TCK: Scents of Identity

Third Culture Kids (TCKs) are individuals who have spent a significant part of their developmental years outside of their parents’ culture. These are the individuals who have learned to plant their roots in multiple places and cultures and, therefore, are usually struggling with the question, “Where are you from?”, as their answers often cannot resonate to just one anthropological place as commonly expected. Though each may have differing backgrounds and cultural experiences, TCKs find commonality in the state of in-betweenness, being that it is in the midst of transition and mobility where the TCK identity is born. VagaHome aims to establish the TCK identity through a sensory experience depicting the vagabond cycle of packing up and leaving one temporary home for another whilst still searching for a place they feel most at home.

NOROI TOY

NOROI TOY is a series of collectibles based on everyday seemingly innocent everyday objects

turning into something wicked in seconds. This project aims to question the innocence of everyday objects

and bring an unexpected twist to the common. Through the exploration of my aesthetics and rapid sketches, I

have brought these palm-sized items of curiosities to live where you would want to take a second look,

observe, and see what kind of surprises it will give you.

Degrease

The hawker food culture is one of the most distinct and well-known part of Singapore’s identity. However, most of the dishes in the hawker centres are unhealthy as they contain high amounts of fat and salt.

Degrease is an innovative plate design that makes hawker food less greasy. Each plate has hundreds of hexagon holes that separate the excess oil from the food. Each plate reduces up to 11ml of grease which is approximately 91 calories. The plate comes in two different design (flat & protruding) and size (205mm & 225mm) for the different types of hawker food. Moreover, the protruding design gives diner an illusion that there is more food, making them believe they have eaten more than actual. The depth and size of the hexagon holes are carefully designed for easy washing. Let us decrease our calories intake by using Degrease.

Ontogenesis; Public Housing

Ontogenesis; Public Housing is an antithesis that adopts an unequivocal opposite approach towards the present day design and construction process of the public housing in Singapore from built to finish. This project tackles a very pertinent problem by attempting to implement a next-gen technology that could perhaps materialize in the near future. Much like the principle of the aforementioned Biology process, the author believes that the state of our public housing today has yet to reach the level of complexity it can truly be.

The final outcome of this project is a re-design of the 1970s Classic Point Block Design by HDB. Supported by the two-pronged methodologies incorporated in this project namely, Generative (GD) and Participatory Design (PD), the project aims to redefine the architectural qualities of our public housing separating them from the repetitive and anonymous structures we are accustomed to, as well as debunking the idea of the archetypal housing types that Singaporeans are resigned to buying, hence re-imagining the possibilities of our living spaces of the future.