From 12-23 January 2015 the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) organised the IFoU Winter School 2015 at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS), in collaboration with JTC Corporation, the public development company responsible for the development of Jurong West. In this context WEnergy Global’s Director Oesha Thakoerdin presented, as guest lecturer, “The Renewable City: Approaches towards 100% Renewable Energy” on 15 January 2015.
The main theme poses design challenges in transforming Jurong West in Singapore from an almost mono-functional, segregated and fragmented, highly polluted industrial area into a major catchment area for future population growth that integrates clean(ed) industrial plants with green lungs, attractive housing and vibrant urbanity for one million people. To reduce the energy use and to integrate the production of renewable energy into the urban fabric, to recycle the water and to clean the polluted water front will be important issues for the transformation of Jurong West into a resilient city.
The IFoU Winter School 2015 Jurong Vision 2050 reviewed 10 topics with the aim to develop a long term vision for Jurong and for an industrial city in general that combines working, living, playing and learning in a sustainable way: Industrial City, Connected City, Energy City, City in the Garden, Food City, Moving in the City, Living with Industry, Living in Centrality, Living at the Waterfront and Living Together.
Of the 20 design groups two groups around the topic Energy City, consisting of 17 international students, adopted the approach towards 100% Renewable Energy and presented the Energ氣 (chi) City, a city concept based on the elements, flows and renewables at the final presentation on the last day of the design school on 23 January 2015. The Energ氣 (chi) City won the third position in Waterfront Design. The Energ氣 (chi) City is designed by Gemma Salinas Escayola, Ana Marie Piedra Leon, Chang Yushi, Loh Sze Sian, Tulika Agarwal, Chen Qianwei, Penny Ng Ru Yi, Guan Li, Andhi Prasetyo, Choi Jong Won, Calvian Oscar, Yujin Lee, Chen Qieyi, Zhang Siqi, Leena Sahu, Liu Yuezhong and Liu Shuangyang. Tutors: Prof Thorsten Scheutze, Dr Kang Min-Jay, Dr Adam Rysanek and Dr Abel Tablada.
All results of this two-week design school will be published as book and will be exhibited in the framework of the 50th anniversary activities of Singapore.