Monday, October 6, 2014

HOUSING SINGAPORE


(from left to right: Josh, Jennifer, April, me and Robbie)

About three weeks ago we held the opening night for 'Housing Singapore' - a photo installation/exhibition designed by the five architecture students that went to Singapore to learn about public housing.

This project was honestly one of the funnest projects I ever partook in. This was our assessment post-Singapore, to exhibit photos in a manner that represented our concept and stance. We began meeting up every week to develop and come up with a design and work out the logistics of it all. Some weeks involved taking a trip to Bunnings to work out materials while other weeks were spent in the space we were given and working out the plan. It was a lot of workshopping and planning. 

Our concept was 'control' and how this element has played such a significant role in defining Singaporean housing in the last fifty years. We wanted to play with string and April came up with the idea of vertical pieces that were neat and organised - kind of like how Singapore is; clean, organised, controlled

In putting it all together, it took about two full days, one whole weekend. We spent basically all waking moments on it and managed to finish installing it at 4am on a Monday morning. I had class at 10am - that was just not happening. 

We did not anticipate how long it would all take. Drilling holes, screwing in eyelets, cutting string, tying every piece of string etc. Robbie had estimated 6 hours to string and it really took 6 hours. But we had a system going and it worked. We were a great team and I think that's what pulled it all together and made it easier to build.

On the 16th of September, we invited all our Singaporean mates and friends to see. It was great to see everyone again!

I know I'm being biased but I honestly don't think these photos give the installation justice. Standing there and experiencing it was pretty phenomenal. 

x
gracie