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Studio Joseph Lim / Christopher Wijatno, Davis Wong, Sakinah Halim, Bek Tai Keng, Chen Qisen, Wang Yigeng, Roy Tay and Zhang Linwang / Master of Architecture, Department of Architecture – National University of Singapore

Dr Joseph Lim has a special interest in prototypical structures addressing emergent spatial and environmental need.

His projects have won national and international awards including an Honorable Mention for Lee Treehouse at the Kenneth F. Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award in 2003; and a Merit Win for Dragon Bridge in URA Southern Ridges Bridge International Design Competition in 2004.

He was appointed architect for the post-Tsunami rebuilding efforts and his self-sufficient housing proposal won an Honorable Mention at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in 2005. Joseph is also the author of Bio-structural Analogues in Architecture and Eccentric Structures in Architecture, and both publications have been translated into Korean and Chinese languages.

His latest publication, Skybridge I addresses land intensification in industrial architecture with a forthcoming design research investigation on Greater One North. Joseph recently completed a Kinetic Sun Screen prototype capable of generating multiple programmed formations from a system with eight degrees of movement.


Climate Change and Large Scale Conflict: Autonomous Settlements and Governance

  • 19 Dec 2019 - 15 Mar 2020

  • 10:00 - 22:00


Of several global concerns in 2020 are the impact of (1) climate change on (2) food and water shortage in a future of (1) inequality and (2) human conflict.

With the recurrent crisis of climate and political refugees, there is no long term plan for the future of such refugees when host countries do not allow for economic integration or citizenship status.

These 2×2 conditions form the basis of conjecture in a future of renewable energy and surplus oil rigs. The obsolete oil drilling structures are now repurposed into specialised vessels which are very different from current floating settlements.

For one, their mast and hull footprints on water are much less than those of large floating structures.

Also the new habitable spaces are housed in neither vessel or building forms, giving rise to a new morphology of floating settlement responding to population growth and autonomous sovereignty.


Plankton sparkling
Moonlit night
Coral embers
Phantom light

Voyagers eternal
Forever free
Our very own

On oceans vast
Crystal clear
Migratory creatures
No humans near

Buoyant futures
Dreams afloat
Livelihoods on
Waterscape moats

No longer dreams
Nor visions set too far
Our nightlights
Made from shining stars

To show our way
Hopeful Uncertainty
In search of
Peace and Harmony