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Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
Master (Architecture)
Cheah Kok Ming
2014/2015 Aki DTS
Crab Farm
Pulau Ubin
Issue Date: 5-Aug-2015
Citation: ZHANG YIMING (2015-08-05). SYNERGISING WITH MANGROVE - THE UBIN CRAB FARM. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis seeks to explore how farm architecture can achieve economic sustainability in a suburban context while maintaining a symbiotic relationship with the nature. In another words, while the architecture is drawing resources from the natural setting, it seeks means to contribute back to the nature by participating in the lifecycles of the existing biodiversity. The thesis begins with a group master plan for Pulau Ubin, an offshore island in Singapore that has still retained its authentic rustic kampong nature. By identifying the values the island, the master plan aims to introduce productive landscape on the island to not only solve the livelihood problem of the villagers but to also contribute to the Singapore’s agricultural industry and economy. The thesis hence looks into sustainable farming on the island to target high productivity while at the same time synergise with the nature. Site chosen is a brown field site so as minimise the environmental impact on the island. It also gives an opportunity for the proposed architecture to aid in increasing the biodiversity at the barren site. The program proposed for the thesis is a crab farm as it is one of the most sustainable ways of conducting farming in the mangrove. Crabs are farmed vertically to increase the efficiency of the farm to achieve economic sustainability. It targets to produce enough crab that meets the whole singapore’s market’s demand. Case studies on how architecture interacts with certain animals are explored to help in strategising the core idea of the design. Living habits of certain species in the mangrove are studied to discovers ways of contributing to these nature dwellers. Materials are also chosen carefully so that part of the architecture can be conducive for the nesting of certain species. As no vehicle and machine can access the site, a prefabrication structural system is chosen to allow on-site assembly as well as participatory construction and extension of the architecture by the farmers. A lightweight structure is chosen to allow easy transportation of the prefabricated parts as well as to minimise the impact on the environment.
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