Jocelyn Lam Ying Ju
Navigating through Spaces of Questioning
Thesis Supervisor: Wu Yen Yen
Site: Jurong Pig Abattoir, Singapore
As meat production became increasingly divorced from the city, the quality of food begins to be questioned. The consumer begins to pursue food that they can verify, resulting in spaces that marries production and public space. This extends beyond architecture to the Farm to Table movement, manifested with a sudden popularity and success of fake meat products in 2019. This meant there is now a redefinition of the meat making process and hence, spaces that have arisen through the marriage of meat production and consumption prior to this shift will need to update themselves or risk becoming obsolete.
Just as the push for increasing transparency in the food industry resulted in typologies predicated on pairing production with consumption, the fake meat industry similarly needs to take advantage of its Farm to Table messaging to translate into spaces that celebrate the fake meat just as much as traditional spaces such as butcheries and live seafood restaurants have done so for real meat. Unfortunately, there is currently a gap in between the graphical advertising of the fake meat and the spaces that are attached to the fake meat process, whereby the fake meat heavily relies on transparency of its process and comparisons to real meat to sell to its customers the idea of meat made from plants, but the production spaces currently only take on the typology of factories or industrial laboratories. Hence, this thesis aims to design a production facility for fake meat incorporating its advertising messages of comparisons to real meat and Farm-to-Table messaging.
In order to translate the messagings of fake meat that have in so far been sequestered to online advertising, the project will take on the premise of expanding upon the only existing pig abattoir in Singapore situated at jurong, whereby the company will seek to slowly transition into a fake meat producer and hence, utilise the soon-to-be obsolete abattoir as a tool for promoting the fake meat to its visitors. 4 points of collisions between the visitor, the fake meat production process and the real meat production process was identified, from which the spaces were then explored through curatorial diagrams.
The four spaces of collision occur as one circles through the building to climb to the final space of dining. The Building itself sits in between the existing buildings on site, where the real meat production is split into two buildings across the road of each other. Hence the intervention acts as a spinal glue for the final intergrated building.