Koh Mun Yen
COEXISTENCE | Inhabitable Infrastructure : From Farm to Fork
Thesis supervisor: Mr. Neo Sei Hwa
Whilst Singapore celebrates itself as Asia’s food mecca, in reality, the city struggles to recognise and resolves an ever-growing body of food issues. It is widely understood that the movement of food into and around the city determines the quality of the urban environment and urban life. However, the invisibility of the food supply and distribution has led to the accumulation of food waste. Similar to many affluent cities, the nation has an insatiable appetite for consumption and has remained relatively unconcerned about its vicious resource-to-waste conversion cycle. In particular, the detrimental impacts of food waste generated has remained largely unfelt as it is mostly concealed from the public’s line-of-sight.
The thesis offers an exploration of a sustainable and integrated system of food production, processing, distribution, marketing, consumption and waste management in an urban landscape. It will potentially address not only the social issue of an urban dweller’s relationship with waste, but the issue of how a city can support itself, by acting as a catalyst in providing a reliable and sustainable food source for the community while responding to the social and cultural aspects in the way food waste is viewed.
Urban Agriculture Infrastructure
To create an urban agriculture infrastructure in Singapore that will ensure the food security in some of our fish and vegetables supply. This is especially crucial given the challenges of the global food supply and the limited habitable land area in our country. More often than not, through the experimentation of the design on the highway, it helps to bring the food system close to the heart of our culture and society while engaging the everyday user with food production to participate in Co-Producing, Collaborating and Co-Consuming.
Singapore At A Glance
The thesis proposes the integration of cultivated land within an urban economic context. Given the limited inhabitable land in Singapore due to our dense population, mixed uses within a single building or even maximised land usages can be seen across the island. However, study has shown that elevated highways or roads which are single land usages take up approximately 12% of Singapore’s total land area, as compared to housing at 14%.
Designed around active mobility and public transportation, the intervention’s expansive nature fosters a new urban experience. The design proposes a pedestrian network system as a prototype for food production by taking advantage of the space above the street to create an elevated ‘park’ and generate a new quality for the people while cultivating and producing food.