Wayne Lim Zi Chao
Form Follow Finance (Appropriation of Alleyways)

Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Simone Shu-Yeng Chung

Site: Ward 1 District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The project identifies characteristic of liquid modernity in a threated district to propose an architectural response towards a community willing marry technology into their livelihood.  The interdisciplinary approach with architecture and technology integrated into the spaces serves as a prototype proposal to the relevant authorities and communities.  This study hopes to highlight the shift of heavy modernity of the past to the current fluid modernity of living in a capitalistic environment. In addition, it addresses the expanding growth of fluid modernity through digital methods openly accessed by people.

If consumption is life, and how people consume is a form of self-expression, then people will start seeking their own welfare through the well-being of the city. How can architecture be a powerful and versatile stimulant to keep consumer demands on a level with the consumer offer? The context space of study is the network of alleyways in Ho Chi Minh City and the activities within and around it. The thesis project addresses the changing urban fabric of the alleyways as a response to the digital network of transactional activities that is co-existing with the primitive history of livelihood practices.

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