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“Are those involved aware that they have perhaps unwittingly legitimised the primacy of the cube and the surface plane as the language of form and space applied to the problem of tropical aesthetics not withstanding the physics of tropical design?� Tay Kheng Soon As prospective architects educated and trained in the tropical region, how would you weave the threads of the language of form and space to define architecture that is deeply rooted in the climate, culture, and context of Singapore?

assignment aims;

Quantitatively, we will test the envelope with an electronic fan and a spotlight, placing a flag in the middle and observing if the flag can sway in horizontal wind direction. The flag’s height is 15 cm, positioned in the central area of 400 mm x 400mm which has to be protected from vertical rain and direct lighting at 60 degree angle. The more sway of the flag and the less area under direct lighting, the better. The protection from rain will be assessed by looking the model from above; no holes are expected to be seen from that position on top of the central area. Qualitatively, we will experience the work by removing the base and putting our heads inside the envelope, to see if we can reveal a successful manifestation of the statement on tropicality in architecture. Lighting effect at night: Please also consider the effect of lighting on the box. The box can be lit from inside or outside and propose effective lighting along with the design of the box.


Tropical Paradigm: Each team is to compose their own statement defining tropicality in architecture and city. Tropical Architecture: Based on the statement, create an envelope that encloses a square void of 600 mm x 600 mm, or a circle of 600 mm diameter.