新加坡國立大學建築系2015畢業設計作品二件 陳景翔 Tan Jing Xiang
The Brown Co-op: Negotiating the Absence Presence of Bukit Brown
Tan Jing Xiang
In 2011, the state announced plans to redevelop Bukit Brown Cemetery (BBC) into a residential estate with a new highway. My thesis seeks to recast this contestation beyond the polemics of progress and conservation, investigating the issue as an existential anxiety over identity and our connection to the past.
The thesis is positioned in a future where the cemetery ground is erased and replaced by residential estates. Located within a park, this thesis seeks to reconnect the estates with memories of BBC by teasing out residual traces through a community-managed cooperation called the Brown Co-op (TBC).
The pregnant ground of BBC is in itself a monument. Yet, quantities of earth have to be excavated and displaced for development. TBC, however, proposes to receive the displaced earth so as to extract from it: clay and sand, which will be used for mortar, production of bricks and pottery. A potter’s school, a dragon kiln and an industrial kiln constitute the coop - breathing new forms to the earth. Once every four months, a festival will be held to awaken the dragon kiln. The monumental earth of BBC does not diminish; it is instead reborn into pots and bricks. TBC is a celebration of ground as origins with clay as the heart of the development, clay as a conduit and vessel of memory.