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Notes on Architecture Scroll is an on-going research project tracing the key canonical architectural ideas unique to the architectural discipline, particularly ideas related to syntax and reading of architecture as a formal language.

As opposed to looking at history in a chronological and narrative way, the framework analyses the birth and transformation of critical architectural ideas. As such, the research focuses on critical projects of new beginnings, which invents new concepts and opens up new possibilities for the discipline, rather than projects of grand finale which are epitome of existing concepts.

It looks at history as a projective and creative tool rather than a nostalgic one.


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...the term canonical encompasses the potential heretical and transgressive nature of ways of close reading architecture.

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We need architects who give us beginnings and not endings, and whose buildings not only inspire, but also give us the tools for thinking and working to go forward.

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Yong Sy Lyng founded OWMF Architecture based in Singapore and Malaysia in 2013 with built works and ongoing projects ranging from small to medium scale around Asia.

Graduated from The Cooper Union, New York, she believes in striking a balance between practice, research, and teaching. Prior to setting up her independent practice, she had worked on institutional, commercial, and residential projects of various scales with multiple award winning offices in New York, China and Singapore including Shigeru Ban Architects, SOM New York and ARC Studio.

She is actively involved in exploration outside of the practice through collaborations with fellow architects, artists, NGOs, and serving as a regular architecture design studio tutor at the National University of Singapore.
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List of 10 is a collection of architect’s lists of ten critical architectural works that they think have defined the architectural discipline. The lists are temporal and expected to change with time and growth. The lists serve as a muse for discourse for points of difference and confluence. The lists are not meant to be a ranking or taken as absolute.,
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FORMAL LANGUAGES & SYNTAX
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Architecture is created and articulated through architectonic and formal language akin to writers using words and sentences to convey a story or musicians using musical notation to express their compositions. Different formal languages arise from cultural, social, technological, and economic developments that reflects the zeitgeist of their respective eras. With each new formal language, a new set of approaches, architectural ideas and syntax in 2D and 3D representation are invented. There is a set of geometrical vocabulary, grammar, syntax and architectural ideas associated with each formal language. The selected formal languages span from the beginning of architecture to current era as the ancient is equally as important as the contemporary.
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Notes on Architecture Scroll is currently structured into 5 Scrolls
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↓ Hover & Click to Read Scrolls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (or navigate through the tabs at the bottom):
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SCROLL 1: PRIMITIVES (Classical)
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SCROLL 2: CARTESIAN (Corbusier)
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SCROLL 3: CARTESIAN (Mies)
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SCROLL 4: INFORMAL (Rem Koolhaas)
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SCROLL 5: NOMADIC (Parametric Form + Topological Space)
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↓ Each Scroll is broken into 4 columns
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Architectural IdeasTextsArchitectural ProjectsArt
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These ideas guide the reading of the
scroll and provides a brief societal
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Key philosophical ideas and writings
by architects which usually precede
their architectural projects.
Built and unbuilt architectural
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Parallel art movements and theories
which influence the architectural
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Art Direction, Design & Developement by Ying Tong Tan
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