What’s most important to us in our homes, across the range of scales, types and locations? Cubes 94 focuses on the creation of homes that are sensitive, efficient, meaningful and delightful.
2 January, 2019
In Asia’s largest cities, living spaces come under the constant pressures of spatial compression, construction productivity, climate change, technological infiltration and the social negotiation that comes with density.
In less dense areas, questions of material, craft and engagement with landscape often continue to be well pronounced. It’s a broad range of factors to contemplate with regard to a single typology.
We venture from the factory floor (with a conversation about prefabricated homes) to the notoriously cramped subdivided units of Hong Kong (via the research and practice of HKU academic Juan Du), to the urban fringes of Batam (where a prototype expandable house by the Future Cities Laboratory is tackling rural-urban migration in a flexible format).
We also venture into some of Singapore’s most luxurious homes, as well as its public housing, uncovering design ingenuity that challenges conventional forms and living patterns.
We hear from Kengo Kuma about how future residential design can learn from the past, and we turn our gaze skyward to find out how NASA is preparing for Martian colonisation. Can the technical exercise of building extraterrestrial homes be fused with a concern for spatial quality?
Digesting the many aspects of a theme in this way is fundamental for Cubes, and after two cycles, we know it’s also something that arises naturally in our region-wide INDE.Awards program. The 2019 jury will be on the lookout for entries that demonstrate the ingenuity of our region’s architects and designers in addressing the enormous spectrum of issues driving our lives in the Indo-Pacific region.
Entries for the INDE.Awards 2019 are now open! Don’t wait till the 29 January deadline – head to indeawards.com now to start your entries!
Let’s show the world why the Indo-Pacific is a region to watch!
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