WOHA Presents Fragments of an Urban Future
An exhibition featuring the work of WOHA offers a glimpse of how the dream of “hyperdense, towering garden cities” might become a reality.
Urbanism has long held the promise of utopia, but both reality and fiction have been rather less optimistic. An exhibition featuring the work of WOHA offers a glimpse of how the dream of “hyperdense, towering garden cities” might become a reality. Showcasing three projects by the Singapore-based architecture firm, Fragments of an Urban Future presents the Southeast Asian metropolis as an “enlightening template for architects, designers, and engineers, as well as developers and investors throughout the tropical belt and beyond.”
The PARKROYAL on Pickering (2013) is noted for its topographical architecture, which blends building and landscape, while SkyVille at Dawson (2015) reimagines social housing with its elevated gardens. And the Oasia Downtown Hotel (2016) offers a case study for vertical green façades.
Whereas Fragments of an Urban Future presents WOHA’s projects through immersive multimedia exhibitions, a new book by Patrick Bingham-Hall expands on the theme with photographs, diagrams, and infographics. Distinguished by its clever binary design, Mega City Garden City (Pesaro Publishing 2016) nicely dovetails with the exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale. As part of GAA Foundation’s collateral exhibition TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, Fragments of an Urban Future is on view through November at Palazzo Bembo.