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Keywords: Architecture
Florian Benjamin Schaetz
Issue Date: 30-Oct-2009
Citation: TAN MEI LING GRACE (2009-10-30T05:08:29Z). TOWER OF CONSUMPTION. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The thesis deals with the age of consumerism and the waste explosion by questioning the non-event of the death of objects in the consumerist cycle. The tower of consumption is a critique of the current consumerist practices which glamorizes the birth of objects in temples of consumption, i.e. shopping centres, while downplaying the death of objects in waste disposal facilities located out of sight and out of mind in our everyday lives. Having affirmed the indispensability of waste disposal facilities in the consumerist society, the thesis seeks to integrate both the birth and death of objects to form a more wholesome consumption cycle. The project aims to make people more conscious of what happens to these disposed objects by integrating everyday shopping facilities with waste disposal facilities within the urban fabric, exposing the mechanisms of incineration process to the public. The tower, as a symbol for the epitome of consumption, feeds on the energy and building material, i.e. cinder blocks, produced from the unwanted and undesirable waste products. The cinder blocks give a more meaningful existence to the disposed objects which would otherwise be buried in forgotten landscapes. A new, meaningful spatial experience in shopping is achieved through both functional and material redefinitions.
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