Amongst the speculative futures offered by the projects featured in this exhibition, the proposition by the NUS-Tsinghua Design Research Initiative – Sharing Cities leans towards the notion of living together sustainably and equitably.
This project’s title, Architecture of the Sharing Culture, is both a provocation and a proclamation. In a sharing culture, individuals participate in sustained practices of togetherness characterised by the co-creation, co-management, co-ownership and co-consumption of resources. Crucial to this sharing process is the recognition of architectural spaces as a shareable asset and an enabler for more effective sharing activities.
By harnessing the potential of augmented reality (AR) technologies, visitors can immerse themselves in a series of hypothetical urban realities that encourage and cultivate sharing. Visitors can see new space-sharing practices come to life by holding up the iPad tablets provided to the table. Publications that document relevant theoretical discussions and debates also surround the main interface. Ultimately, this project presents an alternative mode of thinking about togetherness — the physical and the virtual, in both the present and the future.
The NUS-Tsinghua Design Research Initiative – Sharing Cities is a collaborative design research project sponsored by Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation (Hong Kong), and in partnership with DP Architects.