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Building Integrated Cities

Han Yang worked at DP Architects, one of the largest architectural practices in Singapore, as an Architectural Intern from January – July 2008. DP Architects is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy,  providing a range of services from architecture, urban planning, interior design, project management, sustainable design, landscape architecture & engineering.

Han Yang spent his time working on Resorts World Sentosa (a joint project between DP Architects and Michael Graves & Associates) – the first integrated resort in Singapore. He worked with a design team to conceptualize designs for buildings, layout of the overall resort and create relevant graphics. He also had a key role in rendering perspective images and digital prototypes of atmospheric lighting and sculptures. The US$4.93 billion integrated resort occupying 121 acres includes notable sites like Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Marine Life Park (housing the world’s largest oceanarium) and Universal Studios Singapore (Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park).

One key role that sparked Han Yang’s interest in urban planning and sustainable living was the creation of studies in optimizing pedestrian traffic flow and management of recycling systems to minimize waste materials. The integrated resort gave an enlightening in-depth look into building an urban micro-city from the ground up, to capitalize on the well-endowed, undulating natural landscape of Sentosa while maximizing the efficient flow of visitors via several modes of transport from the main island.  The pedestrian routes were specially designed to bring visitors on an ever-changing journey along important lines of sight and event spaces, across changing topographies. Han Yang had the opportunity to engage in several master planning and development projects under the guidance of his mentor, former director and current Deputy CEO of DP Architects, Angelene Chan; who is an advocate for liveable cities.

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