Abi’s abstract

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The artificial environment which surrounds humans is increasing rapidly in cities, replacing natural environments and creating a largely artificial human experience. The reality we experience becomes “unreal” as our dependence on nature is concealed and insulated by our artificial structures and affordances, creating the dissonance we experience with nature. What does this mean for us as a society, when we lose the connection with nature and natural reality and have become alienated from it?

Taking on a speculative scenario of a future earth where artificiality has bred into all aspects of our lives, this project explores the survival of Singapore, when nature becomes extremely rare and natural resource and agricultural scarcity evolve into existence as forecasted. Just as organic produce has gained popularity as it becomes rarer, all aspects of nature have also become valuable and coveted. Thus the built and artificial environments of the future becomes a space for the growth and discovery of the much desired natural environment, leading to interesting intersections between the artificial and authentic environment. Through these explorations between the natural and artificial, this project aims to create discourse and reflection on the human condition of alienation from nature, the value of nature and our dependency on it.

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The artificial environment which surrounds humans is increasing rapidly in cities, replacing natural environments and creating a largely artificial human experience. The reality we experience becomes “unreal” as our dependence on nature is concealed and insulated by our artificial structures and affordances, creating the dissonance we experience with nature. What does this mean for us as a society, when we lose the connection with nature and natural reality?

Taking on a speculative scenario of a future earth where artificiality has bred into all aspects of our lives, this research explores the survival of Singapore, when nature becomes extremely rare and sought after. Just as organic produce as gained popularity as it become rarer, other aspects of nature will have also become rare and coveted. Thus the built and artificial environments of the future becomes a space for the growth and discovery of the much desired natural environment, leading to interesting intersections between the artificial and authentic environment. This research explores the relationships between nature and artificial, and aims to create discourse on the value of nature and how we are dependent on it.

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