Building an Urban Forest

AY2021 Term 6
Instructor: Christine Yogiaman, collaboration with DigitalBlueForm

Composite Collage of Ecological Corridor/Animal movement Infrastructure;
Referencing The Hedgerow by Eric Thomas and John T. White; The Tale Of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Studio Objectives

Building an Urban Forest reconsiders the spatial, ecological, biological, and metaphorical construct of the “urban forest” in Singapore. Through a condense reading of cases, the studio will equip
students with a contemporary understanding of current disciplinary’s use of “urban forest”. Identifying distinction of practices who uses the vocabulary of the urban forest as metaphors and spatial qualities, practices who explore forest elements for their cultural and productive function, or practices who use the forest to set ambitious goals to mitigate detrimental impacts of urbanization through establishing a biologically diverse ecology. Equipped with language within this discourse, each student project will be able to make conscious their goals of building an urban forest.

The studio will start by postulating that vibrant urban living and thriving biodiversity can coexist onsite. This is a fundamental shift in thinking from current practice, where biodiversity losses are “offset” somewhere else in or outside the city. For the first third of the semester, the studio will map existing habitat and ecological processes on site, to establish an understanding of interdependence of networks in place. The establishment of this baseline allows each student to formulate ecological objectives proposed for their site. The following third of the semester, students are to confront the prevailing notion that urban biodiversity and urban development objectives are often competing. They are tasked to produce a series of urban analysis through collaboration with the urban data platform, DigitalBlueFoam, to formulate a mutually benefiting pairing of the stated ecological goals with commercial programs. In the last third of the semester, students will focus on developing novel structures and infrastructures that aim to meet each project’s specific set of composite goals. The designed proposed built‐environment that is calibrated to Singapore’s equatorial climate will then be used as a stage to envision a diverse human–nature interactions that enrich urban living.


Christine Yogiaman
Assistant Professor

Christine Yogiaman directs Yogiaman Tracy Design (yo_cy), a research and design practice that focus on the utilization of digital techniques along with contextual influences to create culturally embedded, affective work in Indonesia. She previously taught as an Assistant Professor at American University of Sharjah and and architecture design courses. Through this coursework Christine applies her research knowledge to help students realize prototypes and represent their ideas. As Co-director of Dynamic Assemblies Lab her work explores design applications such as biomaterial fabrication, Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation, and interactive architectural assemblies. In addition to academic work Christine is also a partner at Yogiaman Tracy Design a consultancy that creates installations and designs buildings.

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