Last Wednesday, I presented a short talk at the PAM centre - in an attempt to explain how a roomful of architects of diverse backgrounds, interests and preoccupations come together to produce a body of work that enjoyed success at the Design Awards. I say 'an attempt' because we have tried this twice before - the first time when Huat Lim of ZLG interviewed for an article called "Analysing DNA", followed by a presentation called "Re-analyzing DNA" several years later when we tried to do the same. On both occasions, we did not succeed in shedding any light.
This time, I used 15 of our PAM Awards entries to describe the common design pre-occupations to we share such as 'memory' - an interest to retain and extent the personal history of the site; to use local craft and materials in craft our buildings; challenging accepted norms and typologies to name a few.
Due to the earlier start-times of the talk, only about 40 persons attended, amongst them was Dato Dr. Kenneth Yeang - his GM spoke about their winning scheme in Singapore "Solaris Green". Mingi spoke about the Facelift and his two Showrooms.
|Mingi presenting his work|
The time given for the talk was 30 minutes which was rather short - I plan to revise this presentation and add more material for an hour's worth of information for my next session of architecture students.