And the winner is … FuturArc Prize 2022 champion awarded in Malaysia
26 AUGUST 2022 – The 2022 cycle of FuturArc Prize (FAP) saw the awarding of its First Place solo entrant, Chai Yi Yang from Malaysia at the event of BCI Asia Awards (BCIAA) on 26 August 2022 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
This year’s FAP with the theme of Reinterpretation asked students to propose transformations for existing empty or underused structures, imbuing it with new functions or networks that could contribute to public good.
Chai’s proposal, titled A Chronographic Blueprint, sought to repurpose the leprosarium at Sungai Buloh—a site that has been submitted on Malaysia’s Tentative UNESCO World Heritage list for being a model humane settlement and key leprosy research centre since the 1930s—into a ‘vivarium’, serving as “a manual of renewal” to insert functions within a progressive timeframe.
Among the hundreds of entries received, the proposal was considered a strong contender by the jurors, who commended its level of resolution and complexity, thoughtfulness of narrative as well as articulation of presentation graphics.
The First Place winner was awarded with a prize of SGD8,000, certificate and trophy, plus 2-year subscription to FuturArc app.
This marks the second time Chai has won in FAP. In the 2020 cycle, his team received Third Place for the student category (read the Q&A here). He reflected on the experience as a “leap in regards to my career and study, but the most precious part lies always in the design process, through which I’ve broadened my understanding … [in] the holistic built environment.”