| Author: Lam Tuck Lone
| Studio coordinator: Dr. Wan Srihani
| Project Report:
Human beings by nature are social creatures capable of intelligent and complex interactions in any context. Unfortunately, planning and implementation of the built environment has not always come to the point of providing the opportunities for social exchange and conversation. This scheme tends to explore how architecture can influence the interconnection between people at various scales in order to promote interaction against the issues. The interrelation between these two terms, architecture and social, has always come to a point where the designers use the architecture as an approach to translate a scheme to benefit at the social aspect.
Edward T. Hall defined Proxemics as, ‘the interrelated observations and theories of humans use of space as a specialized elaboration of culture’ and interpersonal communications in his foundational work, The Hidden Dimension (1963).
The project calls for an introduction of Resilience Urban Malaysia communal living in Taman Nong Chik, Johor Bahru. The main emphasis of this scheme is not much of creating the building in perfect form, however, it is an attempt to generate the soul of the place for better form of community for the residents as well as the wider public. Based on the theory of Proxemics by Hall, social engagement can be formed in 4 different types of spaces. Hence, integration with the approach of social inclusion design (inclusivity), the dialogue within the development and towards the wider public can be enhanced by providing the programs, facilities and utilities that can be shared and accessed by all, not just the residents but together with the wider public.
A BUILDING FOR CONVERSATION
Vertical Dialogue focuses on its design, planning and features that create dialogue VERBALLY, VISUALLY AND PHYSICALLY to engage the living habitants to the public community through the social participation in the variety of programmes and spaces. Hence, the term of ‘Inclusivity’ as an approach of architecture has profoundly created the conversation in this housing scheme, however, the exclusiveness for the living habitants can still be maintained by integrating the communal spaces in between the development and different level of public space with the theory of Proxemics.
Vertical Dialogue aims to break the typical barrier of social isolation that occurs in the current vertical living. By staggering the units vertically inward from top to bottom, the internal courtyard acts as communal living space that is visually comforting the residents in the units above and it also creates the visual dialogue from one unit to another.
Internal courtyard acts as communal living space for residents, Active interaction area. 3m wide corridor acts as passive interaction area. Based on the study of Lewis’ Equation, People’s behaviour is affected by the environment. Facilities and infrastructures are opened for the wider public to access in order to optimize the intensity use in the development. Hence, the creation of communal living space within the development, such as the communal living space and communal transition space, comforts the occupants and the wider public to use those spaces to form the stronger social interaction.