The 17th International Architecture Exhibition of
La Biennale di Venezia
Sale d'Armi, Arsenale, Venice, Italy
A sharing culture offers a sustainable and equitable way of living together in an increasingly fragile urban world. In a sharing culture, individuals participate in sustained practices of togetherness characterized by the co-creation, co-management, co-ownership and co-consumption of resources. Crucial to this sharing process is the recognition of architectural spaces as both a shareable asset, and an enabler for more effective sharing activities. How to design an entire space sharing system to embody the sharing culture, and how to activate architectural design to facilitate the continuous production of new socio-spatial relations and new modes of gathering and interaction in sharing activities, have become paramount.
Our speculation presents a series of hypothetical realities of the future Singapore, where new forms of shared spaces at multiple scales and new space-sharing practices are proposed to tackle different challenges facing the country. Architecture of the sharing culture is envisioned as a new approach to rejuvenating historical quarter, redeveloping industrial port, regenerating modern architectural heritage, reimagining the border between countries, repurposing a green corridor, etc. Altogether, they depict a whole new urban landscape of Singapore that enables us to reinvent ourselves together towards liveability and sustainability amidst the limitations of density and resources.
Underpinning the speculation is our theoretical constructs on the intersection of architecture, design and the sharing culture. Documented in various publications, these theoretical discussions and debates unveil how the architecture of the sharing culture can be conceptualised and developed as an alternative mode of thinking that can propel the architectural imagination beyond present paradigms.