Council of Water Living
Noted in a volume of the Island Institute, it is the geographical circumstances of different natures that the islanders feel deeply affiliated to. It strongly attributes to the “islandess” of their identity, both as individuals and as a community . At the wake of globalisation, long-standing indigenous communities and traditions which were inherent in island identities are slowly being displaced by urbanisation and rapid fluctuation of population growth. The loss of this sense of islandness is tied to an eroding perception of islandness in Singapore as Singapore continues to urbanise and flourish. In 5 years’ time, a major ice shelf in West Antartica known as the Doomsday Glacier is set to shatter causing a block-chain ice breakage that will result in an increase from 1 metre by 2100 to a 1.8 metre to 3 metre by the end of the century. In light of this existential threat of the rise in sea levels coupled with the overwhelming increase in levels once Doomsday Glacier has shattered, Singapore will lose 30% of its lands in a much shorter time. The thesis explores a future Singapore where the existential threat of sea-level rise becomes an opportunity to deploy flood mitigation designs at different scales as a strategy to recover the city-state’s “sense of islandness”. Set in a future year of 2070, and the entire East Coast as a test bed, it serves to incite and invoke a possible future where the existing coast line is reshaped according to its levels with mangrove and beach restoration to mitigate costal floods; low-lying inlands areas are carved out to form playful water terminal and the displaced population of Marine Parade and Mountbatten will be the pioneer generation of Singapore’s islanders. Through this thesis, it aims to bring to light an urgent future, and mitigate it through a series of flood mitigating strategies to recover, create and enhance a synergistic relationship of water and the sea.
Over the years, the intensive urban development and reclamation projects have resulted in a loss of our connection to the sea in Singapore. The thesis explores a future where the threat of sea-level rise becomes an opportunity to deploy flood mitigation design and floating habitats to reconnect residents to the sea and recover the city-state's sense of "islandness". The thesis advances an architectural expression unique to the new lifestyles, skills, habits, and culture of living on the water.
- Assoc. Prof. Thomas Kong
Ong Kai Yi Melissa
Ong Kai Yi Melissa