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Singapore - The Unfeasible Order of Things

2021-ongoing

"One cannot make architecture without studying the conditions of life in the city"

Architecture of the City, Aldo Rossi.

 

"No se sabe apenas nada de él, salvo que ya ha salido pero todavía no ha llegado, que antes o después de su tránsito era o será padre de familia, ama de casa, oficinista, obrero sindicado, funcionario, amante o panadero..., pero que ahora, en tránsito, es pura potencia, un enigma que desasosiega."

"Hardly anything is known about him, except that he has already left but has not yet arrived, that before or after his transit he was or will be a father of a family, a housewife, a clerk, a unionised worker, a civil servant, a lover or a baker. .., but now, in transit, it is pure power, a disquieting enigma."

El Animal Público, Manuel Delgado

I have been exploring the city of Singapore since the beginning of 2021. I see this prokject this project as follow-up to my previous project Modest Interventions and Minor Improvisations, a project I did in Jakarta in 2015-16. Singaporeis a highly regulated city where, through detailed planning,  preventative measures are generated to solve potential problem that might arise in the future. Singapore's urban environment is highly bureaucratised and regulated as a result. Singaporeans take the impossible task of keeping the city always ordered and functional.

In The Unfeasible Order of Things I try to explore how unreasonable and unrealistic it is to plan for all unforeseen event and how unpredictable human interventions find a way to unset this desire for complete order and safety. Cities thus become as unpredictable as the humans living in them.