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Title: GLASS SKIN CONDOMINIUMS AND AESTHETICS: A THEORETICAL STUDY OF THE AESTHETICS OF PATTERSON EDGE AND LINCOLN MODERN
Authors: NG KER MIN
Keywords: Architecture
Dissertation (Architecture)
Master (Architecture)
2003/2004 AkiD MArch
Aesthetics
Heidegger
Derrida
Skin
Glass
Condominium
Wong Chong Thai Bobby
Issue Date: 19-Sep-2017
Citation: NG KER MIN (2017-09-19). GLASS SKIN CONDOMINIUMS AND AESTHETICS: A THEORETICAL STUDY OF THE AESTHETICS OF PATTERSON EDGE AND LINCOLN MODERN. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The world cultural condition of our post modern world has led to an emphasis on vision/ sight, as the prevailing sense with which we privilege the appreciation of the environment and our surroundings. Architecture today is also therefore, appreciated mostly by vision, and this has led to the “flattening” of surfaces, or that of “image ability” as the predominant characteristic of aesthetically pleasing and attractive buildings. Architecture now actively engages the strategy of advertising, of instant persuasion and flashy images to woo and to attract. This condition, which sees architecture being flattened to an image, has led to a particular building trend in local architecture. Singapore has seen, in the last few years, a mushroom effect around the island with residential complexes finished in a clean glass skin or façade. This can be read as a direct response to the condition of the flattening of architecture. Architects designing residential condominiums favor the glass façade to complete their works, and such a building style is also preferred by the developers and buyers alike. Are we then able to discuss the issue of aesthetics as put forth by such architecture? Using the ideas of two leading theorists Martin Heidegger as well as Jacques Derrida, with the comparison of two such similar glass skinned works (the Patterson Edge and the Lincoln Modern) in Singapore, the dissertation attempts to analyse the issue of aesthetics as proposed by both buildings, as well as to study the validity of both theorists in the post modern condition. The dissertation hence highlights some of the problematic in defining the aesthetic condition of both glass skinned complexes and to show that there is no conclusive way to use theory to affirm the aesthetic condition. There is however, the possibility that one theorist may be more valid than the other in today’s normalized cultural condition.
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