Chen Ting Yan, Candice
City as Ecosystems, Architecture as Scaffold

Thesis Supervisor: A/P Fung John Chye

Site: Greater Southern Waterfront, Singapore

Cities are often perceived as harsh man-made environments that are antithetical to nature and her abundant biodiversities. The thesis challenges the commonly held notion that the city is opposed to natural ecosystems but rather cities are amendable to natural ecosystems. Underpinning this hypothesis is the anticipation of climate change induced increases in environmental stewardship roles by the community through bottom-up activities and ownership of our future urbanscape.


Climate-induced changes are predominantly a resultant of; urbanisation from intense human activities, top-down national policies that disempower the fostering of  social resilience and; the city and its functions that dominate the natural ecosystems that led to irreversible damage.

City as Ecosystem, Architecture as Scaffold advances on a new paradigm for homeostasis living in the future urban neighbourhoods of Singapore, where architecture integrates as a scaffolding for generating and sustaining natural ecosystems though biophilic design that empowers the fostering of stewardship within the community to achieve social and urban resilience towards climate change.