Bishan Food Depot
The thesis critically examines the problems Singapore face with food and their underlying causes. They can be summarised to be a heavy reliance on import due to limited local production, high food wastage and loss during distribution and transport as well as poor consumer habits, and lastly the lack of a food waste recovery system. The design proposal aims to reimagine a food system in Singapore that addresses these underlying problems: increasing local food production, reducing food wastage and introducing food waste recovery. The Bishan Food Depot reimagines Singapore’s Food System as a decentralised food production network that is integrated with the existing MRT network, creating smaller closed loop networks that boosts Singapore’s local food production and introduces a decentralised food waste recovery system.
This focus is Singapore’s food system, its heavy reliance on imports, considerable waste and lack of waste recovery. The current system is reimagined from a land-use perspective, overlaying food production, distribution and waste handling onto the existing MRT network. Here, the mono-functionalism of large MRT depots in Singapore is questioned. A proposal for an urban farm within Bishan Depot carves out space for high-rise farms and underground logistics, linked to an MRT line that carries food to communities in the north and centre of the island. The proposal expands public space and reimagines the edge between Bishan Park and the Depot.
- Assoc. Prof. Nirmal Tulsidas Kishnani (Dr.)