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What’s the point of ARCHITECTURE? A collection of contemplative works exploring what is considered meaningful in architecture, how we design and why we design by

Tang Wen Yu


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An Architecture Portfolio

By Tang Wen Yu

A Collection of Works 2017-2019

“What’s the point of ARCHITECTURE?” How much influence should stakeholders have in the final design? Is architecture only about building? When is a good time for a building to die? Is popular architecture only about being different? Is it just about telling a convincing story? Is “social impact” in architecture overly romanticised? Do people obey architecture or does architecture obey people? Is architecture a direct rejection of nature? Is good architecture only available for the rich? How do we define what is meaningful in architecture? Can a perfect society exist without architecture? Is the role of an architect even necessary?

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Foreward “I am still not sure what Architecture is” Over the years we have exhausted the definition of architecture, treading the lines between science and art, art and engineering, engineering and design, design and art. We have swung between the pendulum of over-the-top vs. minimalistic, past vs. future, without ever having a very clear idea of what exactly is considered a good design, leaving the architecture profession a highly ambiguous and delicate one to tread. These works serve as questions to be pondered on - what factors make an architectural work timelessly and universally “meaningful”, and how can we strive to incorporate these factors into our creative endeavors?

Approach My personal practice is a phemonological approach to understanding the relationship between the built environment, our instinctual human responses to it and how it reflects the different social terrains in our society. The projects explore themes regarding land and design ownership, heritage social and environmental impact. In the future, a few of the key areas I would like to work on is the co-design of public rental housing, revitalisation of HDB flats as well as pushing for more public-owned informal spaces in Singapore. Escapeism architecture is also a concept that I would like to explore, especially in spaces designed for kids.

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“It is not about designing more or less. It is about how design can give back�

Personal Design Philosophies 1. Being kind is more important than being innovative 2. Listen to understand, not to impose 3. The solution is not always to build 4. Every individual has ambition, not just the architect 5. You can only truly tell what is good design after implementation

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TANG WEN YU s10168505@connect.np.edu.sg +65 81422118 IG @tang_wen_yu IG @magically_sg

Education Diploma in Sustainable Urban Design and Engineering (Architecture Specialisation) 2017-2020 (Expected) Cumulative GPA: 3.9 Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Design and Environment GCE O Levels 2013-2016 L1R4: 5 Points School of Science and Technology, Singapore

Significant Achievements 2018-2020 Ngee Ann Polytechnic Scholarship 2017-2020 BCA Diploma Scholarship 2017-2019 Director’s List 2017-2019 Overall Top Scorer 2017 CUBE Challenge (City Planning ) - Merit 2017 Do what you Love Competition (Graphic) - 1st Place 2018 Design Studio 2 - Book Prize 2018 Architecture Materials and Technology - Book Prize 2018 History of Western Architecture - Book Prize 2017 Sustainable City Planning - Book Prize 2017 Architectural Design - Book Prize 2017 Engineering Mathematics - Book Prize 2016 Design Studies - Book Prize 2015 Design Studies - Book Prize 2018 Global Cities - Distinction 2018 Landscape Architecture - Distinction 2017 Building Behaviour Studies - Distinction

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2018 Young Leaders Award - Nominated


Relevant Work Experience SEP - OCT 2018 - Part-Time Designer at Etc. Lab AUG 2018 - Gallery-Sitter at The Substation (En-Bloc Segment) MAR 2019 - Gallery Sitter at The Substation (Heritage Segment)

Leadership 2018-2019 Designers of Tomorrow - Founding President 2017-2018 Play it Forward - Team Leader 2017 PARKing Day - Team Leader 2017 - Current Magically - Founder 2016-2017 - Design IC at Team Ardor 2015 - Red House Exco 2015 - Show Choir Exco

Community Involvement Design Council Singapore - Singapore Design Week 2018-2019 Participate in Design - Hack Our Play Workshop Participate in Design - Playeum Workshop Participate in Design - Woodgrove Grassroots Workshop Shophouse & Co - Jalan Besar Masterplan Shophouse & Co - Our Gallery at Taman Jurong Shophouse & Co - Shape Your Somerset Cassia Resettlement - Cassia Kaki Arts Workshop

Skills and Competencies Sketchup Revit Autocad Photoshop Illustrator xD Enscape

Languages English Chinese Sign Language

Creativity Leadership People Management Events Planning Adaptibility Initiative Time Management

Interests

Social Architecture Public Policy Participatory Design Urban Studies Sociology

Referees Mr Jason Hoo - SDE Lecturer hoo_tze_jiun@np.edu.sg Ms Mizah Rahman - P!D Director mizah@participateindesign.org Mr Roy Foo - dot Advisor roy_ph_foo@np.edu.sg

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Academic Projects

How might we cataylse social innovation?

National Centre for Social Innovation (FYP) Upcoming

Anti-Consumarism Retail

Gaia

PG 10-13 Should people own the land that animals use?

Amphibia PG 14-25

Registering Reminiscence

Second Beginnings PG 26-31

Can we design for design ownership?

Unfinished PG 32-37

How might we allow seniors to relive the happiest moments of their lives?

Our Punggol Ripple PG 38-45

How might we tread the line between old and new?

Roots and Shoots (CUBE Challenge) PG 46-49

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External Projects

How might we design for creativity?

weDesign (Year 2 Architecture Studio) PG 50-53

How might we spark conversations about diversity through design?

Around the World in 80 Inches (PARKing Day) PG 54-55

How might we allow youth to express their aspirations in a public space?

Community Ideation Wall (Prototype Day) PG 58-61

How might we capture the homeliness of our HDB flats?

Home (Play it Forward) PG 62-65

How might we invoke a sense of wonder through art?

Magically PG 66-71

DE’s First Design Club

Designers of Tomorrow PG 72-75

Graphic Design & Photography PG 76-81

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Gaia Pavillion for Climate Change Design Studio 4 Primer Project 2019 Pop-Up Pavillion Fort Canning Park

Studies have shown that we have approximately only 12 year to reverse the effects of climate change. Hence, climate change is not just an environmental crisis, but a social crisis too. “Gaia� aims tpo raise awareness on the urgency for climate action. It provides spaces for eco fests, second hand shops, fundraising performances and workshops.

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Amphibia Should people own the land that animals use? Design Studio 2 2018-2019 Eco-Resort Dairy Farm Nature Park

A long time ago, animals used to roam the landscapes of Dairy Farm Nature Park. But with the onslaught of modernism and the rise of the industrial revolution, the site was then exploited and quarried for its granite to make concrete, insensitively destroying the homes of these animals. The quarry has then been transformed into a wetland through government revitalisation efforts. However, animals would still hesitate to come, appearing only in other parts of the park. “Amphibia� resorts aims to call into question who dictates land ownership, and how might we design not just for people, but for animals too. The resort allows the co-appreciation of both people and wetland animals, through the wildlife research centre, observation decks, bird baths, and is even expressed architecturally through the physical weaving between land and water, allowing birds to perch onto buildings as well as more plants to grow into the frames. The fairytale-like rendering is a cynical take on how environmental sustainability is often romanticised, when in acutality is very hard to achieve net zero harm on the environment, though we often consider our building’s environmental impact in design.

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Water (Premium Villa)

Kids Zone with Bird Baths

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Space Planning

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Biodiversity Considerations

Typical standard villa where the architecture resides in sync with nature

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Wildlife Research Centre

Observation Deck of Wildlife Research Centre

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Wildlife Research Centre

Revitalisation of Wetland Animal Habitats

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Premium Villa

Detailing of Premium Villa

Detailing of arched frames

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Premium Villa Floorplan

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Second Beginnings Registering Reminescence Primer Project Design Studio 3 2019 Registry of Marriages

Second Beginnings is a spatial exploration of marriage as a time to start anew, a clean slate to write a new chapter of the couples’ lives. In echoing a similar sentiment, it also breathes a new a life into the ROM, allowing it to adopt a clean, light and timeless atmosphere, one that gives a sense of purity and cleansing. In this concept, The main inspiration for the pavilion are petals - that are thrown by the flower girl during a wedding to celebrate the bride’s last walk as a maiden, and to wish the couple a happy marriage ahead. The form as well as voids in the pavilion are inspired by the forms and shapes of petals. Rejecting the modern notion that marriage has to be extravagant with redundant flounce and frill, Second Beginnings instead dives beyond skin deep, allowing couples to contemplate the commitment and promise that they are holding to each other for the rest of their lives.

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Space Planning Fort Canning Park A space imbued with the history of the various places and people that have occupied it over its history, Fort Canning Park is now renewed as the setting for the modern marriage. These historic places include the Fort Canning Hotel, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Peranakan Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. Noting how this design focuses on redesigning the ROM to become a timeless icon, it is hoped that it can earn its place alongside these historical timepieces.

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Views

Internal Circulation

External Connections

The view of the city aas well as the future royal garden is capitalised

Vertical circulation is increased to facilitate couples who are solemnising upstairs

2 bridges are added for post-solemnisation to connect the couples to fort canning park

Greenery

Public-Private

Noise

Most of the noise is concentrated on the first storey

Most of the noise is concentrated on the first storey

Most of the noise is concentrated on the first storey

The main inspiration for the pavilion are petals - that are thrown by the flower girl during a wedding to celebrate the bride’s last walk as a maiden, and to wish the couple a happy marriage ahead. The form as well as voids in the pavilion are inspired by the forms and shapes of petals.

The voids in the pavilion also allows couples to lock their love as a symbol of devotion and loyalty to each other.


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it is hoped that it can earn its place alongside these historical timepieces.

Fort Canning Park

Views The view of the city aas well as the future royal garden is capitalised

Greenery Most of the noise is concentrated on the first storey

A space imbued with the history of the various places and people that have occupied it over its history, Fort CanInternal Circulation ning Park is now renewed as the to Vertical circulation is increased the facilitate couples setting who are for solemnising modern marriage. upstairs

External Connections 2 bridges are added for post-solemnisation to connect the couples to fort canning park

These historic places include the Fort Canning Hotel, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Peranakan Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. Noting how this design focuses on redesigning the ROM to become Noise Public-Private a timeless icon, 1st Floor Plan 1:300 hoped that on Most of the noise is concentrated Most of the noise it is is concentrated on the first storey the first storey it can earn its The first floor mainly serves the public and the couplees who are getting their docuplace alongside ments verified, as well as attending the training and couselling sessions these historical timepieces.

Fort Canning Park A space imbued with the history of the various places and people that have occupied it over its hisInternal Circulation tory, Fort Canning Park is now as theto Vertical circulation renewed is increased setting for the facilitate couples who are solemnising modern marriage. upstairs These historic places include the Fort Canning Hotel, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Peranakan Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. Noting how this design focuses on redesigning the ROM to become Public-Private a timeless icon, is hoped that Most of the noise isitconcentrated on it can earn its the first storey place alongside these historical timepieces.

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External Connections

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2 bridges are added for post-solemnisation to connect the couples to fort canning park

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Noise

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Most of the noise is concentrated on the first storey

External Connections 2 bridges are added for post-solemnisation to connect the couples to fort canning park

2nd Floor Plan 1:300

Noise

The second floor is more exclusive, serving only the office as well as couples who are getting noise is concentrated solemnised, creating private areas that are separate from the public

Most of the on the first storey

Roof Plan The roof is activated

1:300

as a post-solemnisation garden and connects to fort canning park

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New Beginnings Garden

Staff Lounge

Petals Pavillion

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Solemnisation Room


Petals Pavillion (Multi-Purpose)

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“A building that looks finished sends the message that the design is done and nothing can be changed� -Participate in Design (P!D)

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Unfinished Can we design for design ownership? Design Studio 1 2018 Active Ageing Centre Punggol Ripples

For Design Studio 1, we were tasked to design an elderly centre in Punggol. From our insights and studies, we found that Punggol’s residents consisted of many new people who had just moved in and were new to the neighborhood.. There was a jarring lack of a sense of cohesiveness and belonging in the community, especially for the elderly who had moved in for reitrement. By strategically leaving parts of the building unfinished, it gives the elderly spaces to design as their own, redefining public ownership not just as part of the before building stage, but after as well.

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Free spaces that elderly are able to call their own, spann the open garden on the bottom floor to the rooftop

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Our Punggol Ripples How can we allow seniors to relive the happiest moment of their lives? Design Studio 1 Primer Project 2018 Pacific Activity Centre Punggol Ripples

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Participatory Workshop To collate the insights and sentiments the seniors have towards their current activity centre, we split the participatory process into 4 different phases: “Likes, Dislikes, Why”, “Bingo” and “Design Your Own Space”

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After Collating all the responses, we organised the insights into a mood board, word diagram and zoned the different design interventions based on the seniors’ needs and ambitions

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empower the elderlies to create a sense of belonging? enable them to reminisce of the past and the community spirit t provide quiet and intimate spaces for activities such as drinki provide a conducive space for the staff to work conveniently in?


they shared and value? ing coffee and reading? ?

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Roots and Shoots

How do we tread the line between old and new? Challenge for the Built and Urban Envronemt (CUBE) 2017 Masterplan Mei Chin Estate

Roots and Shoots is a revitalisation scheme to breathe new life into the Mei Chin neighborhood. Imitating the nature of roots, the connected pathways as well as sky bicyclie bridges draw people into the heart of the neighborhood. We also made sure to keep the entire site car free, and created an underground car park instead as we wanted to preserve the walkability of the site. The existing structures such as the sports stadium were also preserved as residents have fond memories of the place and stil use it regularly. In the end, we clinched the merit award for our proposal

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weDesign

How do we deisgn for creativity? Participatory renovation of the Year 2 Architecture Studio 2018 Interior Design Team Leader

Under the new deisgn club, “Designers of Tomorrow” or “dot” for short, I led the team to organise and conduct a Participatory workshop for the year 2 architecture students to redesign our studio, which was mostly empty as it had just been renovated from a previous civil engineering lab.

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Around the World in 80 Inches How might we spark conversions around diversity? (PARK)ing Day 2017 Art Installation Sultan Road In september 2017, I participated in PARKing Day together with a group of friends from St. Joseph’s Institution. During our site visit to kampong glam, we noticed that there were many tourists from various parts of the globe. Curious, we wanted to find out exactly how many people there were from each country, and where they wanted to go. “Around the World in 80 Inches” is a visual map where each person pins down where the are from and where they want to go to, with a post-it note that indicates why they would like to travel ot that place. In our venture, we met people from all the way in Japan, to Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and even Italy. The end result was a colorful map representing the unique diversity of Kampong Glam.

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Community Ideation Wall Project Lead for Community Ideation Wall, one of 10 prototypes for Prototype Day under The Shophouse and Co. Group Pte. Ltd. Prototype Day 2019

In the Somerset Belt masterplan process, Prototype Day was a one-day event on 21st September where we tested out the ideas that came up during the Urban Hack workshop from the winning group. In total, there were 10 key prototypes that we tested. These included the use of colors to brand the Somerset Belt cohesively, the idea of unlicensed busking, flexible urban furniture, using the red bus as a quiet space for mental wellness as well as having film screenings at youth park. For Prototype Day, I was put as project lead for the design of the community ideation wall that was located behind the Red Box. Wanting more spaces in Singapore that encouraged free expression, the idea of a community wall was proposed during the Urban Hack workshop for youths. The concept of the community wall revolved around the themes of future and aspirations, going from physical aspirations for the masterplan to personal aspirations.

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Home How might we capture the homeliness of our HDB flats? August 2017-April 2018 Play it Foward

As part of Archifest, I led a team of 8 people to decorate a piano for the Play it Foward Movement. It was then placed in the newly renovated student plaza for all to enjoy and play on.

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Magically How might we invoke a sense of wonder through art? Personal Business February 2017-Current

Founded in February 2017 after a Fundraising Project, Magically is a social enterprise selling custom watercolor notebooks and cards, where 10% of the profit is then donated to children’s homes around Singapore. Maigcally mostly sells through fairs such as Crafters Market, Urban Ventures, Singapore Boutique Fairs, Mako Market, etc. and also conducts workshops for watercoloring as well as modern calligraphy

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Watercoloring Workshop for Kids at SG Boutiq

Instagram Account for Magically

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que Fairs

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Designing notebooks for the offici of “Pollinate�, a business incubator for polytec dents

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Conducting a watercoloring workshop during Mako Market

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Designers of Tomorrow DE’s First Design Club 2018-2019 Founding President Events: Orientation Arts and Crafts Workshop Sketching Workshop Photoshop Workshop Illustrator Workshop Participatory Design Workshop Architecture Studio Renovation ArchiFest Exhibition BEX Exhibition FOP Workshop Purple Parade

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dot FOP Workshop

dot FOP Workshop

Arts and Crafts Workshop at Singapore Children’s Society

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Participatory Workshop for Studio

Construction of Exhibition for Archifest

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Graphic Design & Photography As a side dabble, I also love to engage in graphic design and photography. Over the years, I have accumualated works ranging from T-Shirt design, business cards, booklet covers, notebook covers, and even coming up with branding ideas for clients.

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Illustrations of HDB Flats series

Booklet for Badge night for 2016 batch of Secondary 1 Students

The design was later adapted by corpscomm to be part of the Celebrations@SST Book Cover

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Business card for film and media student, 3 versions

Business card for fitness instructor

Notebook design for “Do What you Love Competition” Won 1st Prize for Design

SST Survival Guide cover for Secondary School Students

Poster for “Blovee”, a home appliances and decor brand

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The light series

The whimsy series

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The humanity series

The festive series

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Testimonials

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“It is not about designing more or less. It is about how design can give back�

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Profile for Tang Wen Yu

Tang Wen Yu | Architecture Portfolio 2019 (Ver.2)  

A Personal Collection of Selected Works during my period of studies from 2017-2019, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.

Tang Wen Yu | Architecture Portfolio 2019 (Ver.2)  

A Personal Collection of Selected Works during my period of studies from 2017-2019, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.

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