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Keywords: Architecture
Lai Chee Kien
Issue Date: 30-Oct-2009
Citation: YONG MIEN HUEI (2009-10-30T05:19:05Z). URBAN FARMLAND : RECOVERING DYSTOPIA ON THE BAY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis seeks to re-examine the notion of regeneration in the context of the city. The ideology of ‘regeneration’ lies in a natural process of decay, death and rebirth, which masks the economic and social relations that characteristically determine a history of decline and abandonment, followed by rediscovery and gentrification. This thesis looks at the Marina Bay Integrated Resorts (IR) as a study for the model of regeneration by situating the development in light of the current global economic crisis. It looks at several issues of which the site and construction industry are dependent on. Firstly, Singapore is highly dependent on exports, which leaves it vulnerable to global economic downturn.. Secondly, the Marina Bay is artificial, a result of land reclamation that started in the late 1970s. Coincidentally, its shape facilitates the Singapore River to be dammed up as a fresh water source for the city- freeing it from political threats by neighbouring countries, such as terminating tap water supply. Furthermore, the new Business Financial Centre and IR are currently under construction, but its survival and practicality are now questioned in such an economic situation. The government places hopes to increase revenue through tourism appeal and the casino in the IR. The architecture is demonstrated in the cycle of regeneration, of which the IR undergoes phases of abandonment and decay, before being projected in rebirth, of which it is re-imagined as a sustainable eco-tourism farm. The proposed Gardens by the Bay would be readapted into an edible landscape whilst the IR will be converted into vertical farms and farm-stays. The IR would be converted into an agricultural seed bank facility, livestock farming, animal husbandry and hydroponics farming by appropriating the existing structures accordingly.
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