Bubble Community – Where Co-working Meets Nature
Nor Athirah Binti Tarmizi, Siti Nadia Binti Mohamad Daud, Wan Syazleen Binti Wan Suhaimi, Puteri Mayang Bahjah Zaharin / Malaysia
Loneliness is a significant crisis nowadays that highly affects the Millennial. The compulsive use of technology is causing the current generation to be more isolated in terms of social interaction and physical relationship. In addition, the addiction towards technology can cause one to be less physically active and increase the tendency for them to spend more time indoors.
Confined spaces that lack interactive areas which can be widely seen in many offices and houses today can also lead to mental problems. The rapid technology advancement has greatly impacted the 'working norms' in such a way that the '9 to 5 job' has slowly become inapplicable and that the Millennial are working much longer hours than expected. It has been proven that the right amount of working hours, sleep, exercising, socializing and having the “Me Time” can help to eliminate loneliness. Spending time in the natural environment improves our mental health and wellbeing, combat loneliness and bind communities together. As such, co-working space in an open environment is seen as one of the solutions to combat living and working in confined spaces and thus, help to enhance the interaction between people and the living things.
The prevailing concept takes into the imagination of ‘Bubble’ where the co-working space meets the nature. These spaces are injected in within public areas such as parks and lakes. The visibility allows the users to be closer to the mother nature and still have the facilities and shelter to do their work. Since majority of people flock to parks, it increases the probability of human interaction and encourage the users to walk through the park to get to the 'Bubbles'. 'Bubbles' symbolizes fun, randomness and freedom. Its translucency will help to stimulate the visual of the outside world. With that, the idea of „Bubbles‟ can burst the loneliness epidemic.
Mastura Binti Nazmi, Nurul Dayana Binti Abdul ,Nur Syazwani Binti Mustapha, and Puteri Mayang Bahjah Zaharin / Malaysia
What if all chocolates in the world do not have any form of limitations? What if all chocolates can be taken by anyone and at any age without affecting our health? Chocolate contains Phenylethylamine (PEA) chemical that can transmit the feelings of happiness. Studies have shown that chocolates can improve your mood, calm you down and help you to feel more at ease. It is also known as a natural antidepressant drug that contains chemical that encourages the human brain to release the 'feel-good endorphin'. The higher content of cocoa has less fat and can help to reduce stress and blood pressure.
Stress can lead to the feeling of loneliness and isolation and it can be a fragment of mental illness. In most cases, people who suffer from depression would often take pills or drugs to help them to release stress. For some, alcohol is the best solution towards healing. However, drugs and alcohol are often being abused, leading to medical consequences.
Bamboozle Chocoland provides a solution towards the feeling of stress and loneliness. Instead of drugs and alcohol, why not create a magical city full with optical illusion of chocolates that can melt away negative emotions and generates positivity through its bamboozled journey. Here, one would escape from cynical emotions into a limitless journey of wondrous and excitement that is being generated by experiencing and consuming chocolates.
The ambience of the city with the sense of sweetness will encourage the brain to stimulate happiness thus, making everyone walking or experiencing the city to feel alive again. The vibrant city of chocolates will become an alternative solution to depression and feelings of isolation. The Bamboozle Chocoland is a happy place where one could eliminate loneliness and find a new meaning of life.
Aahana Banker, Aishwarya Mahadevan, Lakshita Munjal, and Vidhi Bansal / India
It’s always advised that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what if this “lemon” was a predefined and palpable problem, and turning it into “lemonade” everyday would teach you to interact with your society. Maybe then, your ignorant soul would learn to contribute to the world around you?
The pandemic of loneliness has spread because people have become so self- involved that they forget to even look up at the world that surrounds them. Now, what would happen if your beloved (but, lethal) electric connections and internet services, which are the root causes of this endemic, were snatched away from you for a specific period of time every day?
You are then given just one option to bring back your lost companions, and that is to perform community activities with the people in your context, that contribute to the betterment of the environment. Existing billboards announce the community activity for the day (ranging from the plantation of 50 trees within an hour, or cleaning a nearby lake), which gets you out into the street. Each engagement lasts no longer than half an hour; and your absence cuts your electrical line off until the completion of the next activity. Only emergency calling and medical machines remain functional.
This engagement enables the community to work together to achieve a greater good, driving them to leave all their inhibitions behind to complete the activity. We imagine a world that has to be taken care of- by all its people, who work together to provide solutions. This, then makes them aware of the importance of leaving all of their constraints behind to interact with each other, the environment and in consequence, with the world. Making people realise that their personal benefit is a result of a larger community engagement, is the first step toward eliminating loneliness from society.
New Logics of Connectivity: Housing, Care, and the Urban Field
Sara Anand, Yara Galal, Priscila Mauro, Stavros Oikonomidis, Julian K. Siravo, Sida Yan / UK
This proposal is pivoted on housing, developing distinct typologies that respond to issues of isolation and loneliness amongst city dwellers as well as the long term care needs of ageing populations. It attempts to establish new collectivities of intimacy and care through its non-familial, non-domestic relocation and a non-gendered, non-binary subjectivity. To do so, it disrupts the 19th century socio-spatial diagram of domesticity – defining familial relationships, kinships and hierarchies; gender-based roles; private and public behaviours of intimacy and care – that constitute the contemporary micro, two bedroom and three bedroom housing typologies.
The maisonette type micro apartments provide for a sleeping and an individualized work activity. These generous spaces include no kitchens and are instead serviced by the professionalised public canteens sitting within the podium. Professionalised laundry services are planned in adjacent blocks.
The perimeter block comprises of 2-9 bedroom apartments based on collective living protocols. The 9 bedroom large household is conceptualised for a non-familial living arrangement. Each floor of the block includes a care room for bed-based care activities relating to the temporal well-being of the body. Additional spaces for socialising and communal activity in the block include a desk-based workspace, a sauna, a laundry with a living and play space, a 4-metre wide lazy circulation, a rooftop terrace and a rehabilitation centre.
The design proposal sees the redistribution and integration of spaces, practices, facilities for care and mutual aid as the necessary collective equipments within the dwelling unit, the block, the ground and the neighbourhood. By extending the boundaries of the unit and its associated human existence into the public atrium, podium, courtyard and street, it allows for a minimization of the unit without the loss of a collective social infrastructure. This small living, large life concept not only challenges the notions of a defined private and public realm but also provides opportunities for direct forms of participation in the management of a housing-led urban infrastructure. Thereby, disrupting the modern city as an agglomeration of private, isolating silos to a distributed network of social care infrastructure