Questining Modernism, Urbanism, Globalism, Profitism, Humanism, Naturism, Localism
By Tay Kheng Soon (Akitek Tenggara)
Since the 90’s Arcasia has vexed over the professional politics of identity challenged globalization. Asia based its development model on the west unless we have more powerful ideas that address the crisis of capitalism itself we will repeat its errors. This is talk on architecture though it will touch on politics.
We need to re-position our focus. We need the re-think the mathematics of form. New architecture can only come from new planning. New planning comes from new methodology and new planning vision. The new methodology is 3D modeling of total floor space versus land area.
World Settlement Options
Lets look at the world first. World arable land is 19,500,000km2. If everyone needs 40m2 floor space each, the total floor area for 7,000,000,000 people is 280,000,000,000m2 or 1.4% if all buildings are one storey. If they are two storeys, the footprint is 0.7%. So there are many options for human settlement types.
Every architect of every building serve its master, thus every architect is an agent of someone’s idea. It’s time to lead.
Singapore Settlement Options:
Land : 714,000,000m2 (714km2)
Population : 5,000,000
Per-capital floor space : 50m2
Total floor area : 250,000,000m2
Total footprint for 4 storeys is therefore 1/12th or 8.3% of the island.
If average is 28 storeys, the footprint is 1/84th or 1.2% of the island.
If space between building is 4 times the footprint, then the land required is 4,8% of the island.
These calculation assume stacking all functions. It is the 3D design method. The more we density some place, the less we need in another. What Singapore could have been is totally rubanised.
Rubanitation is the solution to urban and rural areas. In India, Urban and Rural areas along the agricultural corridor creates the best of both the worlds. We can devide the area consists of cells at different densities:
· Low density (8,000 people)
· Mid low density (23,000 people)
· Mid high density (31,000 people)