Marina Bay

Singapore, SG

 

Programme: Design Ideas Competition for Marina South Residential District including 11.000 dwellings.

 

Year: 2007

 

The project received a Special Mention

 

 

PO BOX 264, Flinders Lane

Melbourne

VIC 8009

Australia

 

e: info@chordstudio.com.au

The sheer mass of the requested development asks for an urban setting of densely located skyscrapers. This normative living can only be fostered through compartmentalised spaces. Architectural precedents in the second part of the previous century have shown these types of living do not provide a home. Associating a lifestyle theme bears no real relationship with the existing context or actual needs of its inhabitants.

 

The city as a framework is a woven fabric of social, cultural and economic systems. These threads form the basis on which spaces gain layers of history, personal affections and resistance to deter.  This natural hierarchy of urban evolution creates icons which are part of the local consciousness. They become places.

 

Houses can only become homes once the inhabitants are engaged with its space. These spaces grow and follow the lives of its inhabitants by becoming part of their arguments, moments of joy and the birth of a daughter. The complexity of the life of the inhabitants adds character to the home and its surrounding.

 

A place we call home.

The Slow Food international movement officially began when delegates from 15 countries endorsed this manifesto, written by founding member Folco Portinari, on November 9, 1989.

 

‘Our century, which began and has developed under the insignia of industrial civilization, first invented the machine and then took it as its life model.

 

We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods.

 

To be worthy of the name, Homo Sapiens should rid himself of speed before it reduces him to a species in danger of extinction.

 

A firm defence of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life.

 

May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.

 

Our defence should begin at the table with Slow Food.

Let us rediscover the flavours and savours of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food.

 

In the name of productivity, Fast Life has changed our way of being and threatens our environment and our landscapes. So Slow Food is now the only truly progressive answer.

 

That is what real culture is all about: developing taste rather than demeaning it. And what better way to set about this than an international exchange of experiences, knowledge, projects?

 

Slow Food guarantees a better future.’