On 16 September 2011, NUS Department of Architecture hosted the SILA Student Awards 2011 ceremony (Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects) in the department exhibition hall. NUS MLA students won several prices in different categories.
Three Awards, the "Best Design Showcase Award", the "Outstanding Site Studies / Analysis and Investigations Award" as well as the "Top Student Award" went to the same group of MLA students, for their project "Pasig Jeeps" (Manila):
GAURI BHARIHOKE, GUO YUNJIA LEHANA, HOU SUYA, LIN SHENGWEI ERVINE, MUHAMMAD YAZID NINSALAM, NEHA MEHTA, NUR SYAFIQAH NAHADI, NUR SYUHADA LIMAT, SNG EN AI REBECCA, SOH HAN JIE, TEO HUI YI RACHEL
Tutor: Joerg Rekittke
“Pasig Jeeps” is the outcome of the Studio Walang Iwanan, a Filipino expression meaning “nobody is left behind”, and represents an attempt to address the extremely pertinent issue of poverty in Metro Manila. Taking advantage of the strategically situated but currently under-utilised Pasig River, this network of water jeepneys will act as east-west connectors across the overcrowded mega city, the result of which is to create new forms of livelihood for the emergent class locals. This semester-long exploration into the untapped potential of the river and of the people, aims at the possible large-scale impact the project could create.
The "Planting Design Award" went to HOO XIN YU, for her project "Backyard Network for Cycling":
Tutor: Hwang Yun Hye
Ang Mo Kio town is used as a pilot to explore the planning of a cycling network in a typical residential new town in Singapore by re-organising local access roads. These sterile and unmemorable rear spaces are transformed through the injection of cycling paths as a catalyst to create a common ‘backyard’ for high-rise living. Adopting informal planting patterns as an identifying factor along the cycling paths, the project hopes to encourage ownership and habitation of these currently under-utilised spaces.
The "Outstanding Graphic Presentation Award" went to TOH CHONG JI, NUR SYAFIQAH BTE NAHADI, NEHA MEHTA and TAN YI WEI, for their project “Orchard Central Park”.
Tutors: Joerg Rekittke, Hwang Yun Hye
A new urban park icon will be brought into being, contributing to maximised sales figures in the malls and becoming a mega-active urban jungle. An investment which will pay off in many respects. Where in the world, if not in Singapore, a superproject like Orchard Central Park could become reality? The inspiration for the design comes from the amazing interior qualities of the tropical rainforests. It allows one to rethink how the outdoor space of this great shopping street could be designed – become interiorized – contributing to an entirely different and car-free shopping experience.