What's the potential of 7.6m2?
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Abstract7.6m2 is the amount of public space per person in Singapore, which compared to other Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul is quite generous. The concept of this temporary urban design intervention attempts to reflect on the potential of this abstract number with the aims to transform a generic open space of the city in something meaningful for the community.
‘What’s the potential of 7.6m2’ can be seen as a physical representation of a concept. The pavilion has been developed starting from the dimension of 7.6m2 that folded like a piece of paper has generated a sequence of interconnected and dynamic spatial elements.
All Author(s) ListFrancesco Rossini
Title of PublicationWhat's the potential of 7.6m2?
Detailed descriptionCities represent the scenario of many human activities; there is a continuous search for balance in this almost permanent spatial condition with the mutating activities which take place there. People move around continuously, and the public domain comes fluctuatingly into these spaces, and often in extremely temporary ways (Hajer and Reijndorp 2001).
Urban transformation initiatives in the 1990s and even earlier, which were designed to expand consumption, privatization, monitoring and security, have led to a public space crisis and nowadays it is clearly necessary to reconsider the role of public spaces, especially in Asian cities where the pressure for urban development influences the planning strategies.

7.6m2 is the amount of public space per person in Singapore, which compared to other Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul is quite generous. The concept of this temporary urban design intervention attempts to reflect on the potential of this abstract number with the aims to transform a generic open space of the city in something meaningful for the community.
Paraphrasing Yi-Fu Tuan, (1977) place is not only a fact to be explained in the broader frame of space, but it is also a reality to be clarified and understood from the perspectives of the people who have given it meaning.

What’s the potential of 7.6m2’ can be seen as a physical representation of a concept. The pavilion has been developed starting from this abstract dimension of 7.6m2 that folded like a piece of paper has generated a sequence of interconnected and dynamic spatial elements.
The use of fluorescent colours intends to attract the visual interest of the passers, while the graphic text acting as a promotional advertisement invites the people to a close reading. The big text represents the actions while the small texts suggest ironically how to use and interact with the installation. To Play, to Think, to Rest and to Explore are some of the activities suggested by this temporary urban design intervention.
Year2018
Place of PublicationSingapore
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsPublic Space, Urban Design, Singapore, Placemaking

Last updated on 2019-06-05 at 11:52