Rediscovering the new ways of connecting: Living and Socialising in a (post-)digital era.
Architectural Design Thesis.
Zdravko Trivic, PhD.
With the rise of technological advancements and the internet over the past few decades, having a constant virtual connection has become a norm for society. As we progress towards utilising digital platforms such as social media as our primary mode of social interactions, it is necessary to maintain physical social interactions. Without so, there are detrimental effects to our wellbeing.
With the rising trend of independent lifestyles in a progressively digitalised Singapore, individuals may be able to live independently. However, this would in return limit physical social interactions furthering a cycle of Singaporeans to be a drift into our virtual bubbles.
Communal housing could provide individuals with a choice for independent living while maintaining real-life and face-to-face social connections in the digital age. As an up and coming smart nation, communal housing should be the dominant typology for individuals. It allows inhabitants to maintain living within individual virtual bubbles while retaining real-life social skills and social life.
Using metabolic materials and digital technology such as AR/VR and Holograms, they intend to be a catalyst towards social cohesion. The proposed communal housing community allows for the architectural and community to grow together organically. It plans to become both the underlying structural foundation and act as a node to the future development of Greater Southern Waterfront.
Greater Southern Waterfront, former Tanjong Pagar Port.