Can architectural objects define a city? Singapore’s territorial enclave is punctuated with signature buildings designed by the worldwide architectural stardom. The exaggerated objectification of the architect’s status and designs is embedded in the city’s culture and apparent belief in their value. This lush accumulation of signature objects generates an urban fabric made of accumulated uniqueness.
For this eighth year running, the course sample starchitecture to suggest and respond to the city’s idea of growth through image forging The workshop explore these conditions, sampling icons to extract novel proposals.
If starchitects are brands what is the common grammar—if any—of a city inventing its iconic self on the international scene? Questioning objectification we will focus on the critical continuation of a model where expressions of individualities have value for the planned built fabric. The particular conditions of this utopia will allow a consideration of large-scale planning through local and object-like proposals.