Mohanapriya M J, Nadia Alfia Solomon, Tejesvini S R and Aishwarya R- four students from Year IV “B”attended a 10-day architectural experience tour to Singapore on the theme of Urban Housing. The trip covered a wide range of study visits to Singapore’s many urban, architectural and cultural marvels such as the Pinnacle @ Duxton, Gardens by the Bay, housing sites of Tiong Bahru and the famed The Interlace project by the world famous OMA and Ole Scheeren. Having covered a wide range of urban development issues and concepts ranging from culture, heritage, policies and sustainability, the students also got the opportunity to take part in a three hour walk around Singapore with Ar. Prasoon Kumar, the founder of Billion Bricks- a design and technology studio that innovates shelter solutions for the homeless of South and Southeast Asia. To better understand the past, present and future of Singapore’s barrier-breaking development and inspiring evolution, the group visited the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre and the Housing Development Board (HDB) Hub. Other visits included the National Museum of Singapore, School of The Arts, the Marina Barrage, Tampines Hub and the historic neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Queenstown.
At the end of the tour, the students presented three projects based on the themes of cultural evolution and sustainability, housing and community spaces.
This architectural experience tour was conducted by The Happy Llamas India group in collaboration with NASA- the National Association of Students of Architecture between the 7th and 16th of December, 2019.