Lam Jun Yuan
Stich: Mending Clothing Landscapes
Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Johannes Widodo
Site: Lingxiu Town, Shishi City, Quanzhou, China
To stitch, to mend, or to repair are often action verbs that we use relating to clothes. This however refers back to a time when sewing was an essential life-skill and people were more involved in the making and maintenance of clothes.
The thesis is primarily concern about the way we perceive clothing, seeing that as the main issue behind the textile and apparel industry apart from the typical environmental concerns. As people are more detached from the activity of clothes making , the value of each clothing decreases with each mindless purchase. Therefore places where people interacts through the making and distribution of clothing (Clothing Landscapes) became the critical place of contact where we could restore the significance and meaning of textile and apparel.
When each piece of clothing tells a story about its maker, its materials and its location.
Seeing the resemblance in the spirit between mending our clothing and the adaptive reuse in architecture; where both attempts to mend a piece of their culture or existing constructed space to extends its longevity. The thesis speculates that as we conserve and breathe new life into these landscapes, we could also repair the relationship between clothing and people where having this knowledge, access and connection with clothes making extends the usership of our clothes and ultimately, changes the way we perceive clothing.
The thesis first analyses the system and activities revolving around the making and distribution of textile and apparels. It adopts a series of analysis on historical events and graphical mapping of various scales showing a pattern of morphology and sociology in the textile development in the world, regionally and to the chosen site: Yuanyang Lake Commercial Centre in Ling Xiu town, Shishi City, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
Centralised institutions in the south of Lingxiu Town moving clothing-related activities and businesses away from the community.
To conserve Yuanyang Lake Commercial Centre, a mixed-use complex that consists of unique individual brands, family-owned businesses and family units that came from various villages. Providing better living conditions and to continue the spirit of making and mending our clothes in the existing landscape as opposed to the centralized institutions.
Restore the courtyard typology and interweave new circulation spaces to enhance the quality of public spaces. Increasing better visual relationship between levels to encourage better integration and connection of community living and the clothes making.
Increase cross ventilation, circulation, public space. At the same time breaking the monotony of the facade by creating punctuations through the perimeter blocks.