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Conditioned space: volumetric urbanism and the production of Singaporean te...
Thu. 30 March 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEDT
UTS School of Architecture 2017 autumn lecture series presents:
Dr Donald McNeill
Professor of Urban and Cultural Geography,
Australian Research Council Future Fellow,
Institute for Culture and Society,
Western Sydney University
Conditioned space: volumetric urbanism and the production of Singaporean territory
This lecture examines the relationship between territorial development strategies, and the practices – both technical and political – of developing volumetric urban space. In doing so, it frames buildings as being envelopes through which state accumulation strategies can be deployed. It draws on a key site of post-independence Singaporean urbanism, the development of the Marina Bay area, to examine how dimensional urban development has been combined with metrological practices to produce new territory.
Conceptually, the lecture works between recent political geographic understandings of the volumetric, and various forms of engineering, planning and architectural expertise in the production and terraformation of urban space. The lecture considers the role of civil and structural engineers, air-conditioning expertise, and new mass rapid transport, elevator and people-moving technology in producing these volumetric affordances. Here there is a growing interest in capturing the land values offered by building both vertically (through skyscrapers) and into subterranean space, particularly through complex and interlocking mega structures in order to maximize site revenues. It is argued in conclusion that the built environment of global cities such as Singapore need to be understood using several modes of materiality, including the calculative, the dimensional, and the terraformed.
This event is eligible for:
- 2 AILA formal CPD points.
- 1 hour of informal CPD activty under the NSW Architects Code