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Participatory Design: A testing ground @ Jalan Kukoh, Singapore

Participatory Design: A testing ground @ Jalan Kukoh, Singapore

Participatory Design in a Rental Housing Community. Can it actually be a reality? With Heart Initiative 5, it is now coming true.   Heart Initiative 5 (H.I. 5) is a community outreach project initiated by 3 Master Thesis Students (AY2013/14) from NUS Architecture who came together for a common interest of exploring a whole new...
Missed Opportunities: Neighbourhood School Planning & Design in Singapore Public Rental Flat Estates

Missed Opportunities: Neighbourhood School Planning & Design in Singapore Public Rental Flat Estates

Neighbourhood schools have been an important part of our life since independence. It had produced an educated and productive work force for our economy. These neighbourhood schools are usually designed using a list of design guidelines set by MOE, while HDB & URA played a role in the bigger town planning, to incoporate schools in...
Development of Elevated Green Spaces in Singapore Public Housing Estates (1960s to Present)

Development of Elevated Green Spaces in Singapore Public Housing Estates (1960s to Present)

What are the various typologies of elevated green space in Singapore Public Housing Estates and what is their design evolution of such spaces over the years? This week, we seek to explore the various typology of elevated green space as well as the design intention and planning put into developing these elevated green spaces in...
A Investigation on the E-Decks @ Treelodge

A Investigation on the E-Decks @ Treelodge

Several visits to the Environmental Decks (E-Decks) in Treelodge @ Punggol had highly made me skeptical about this elevated green space situated in the North Eastern Region, Punggol, as a truly sustainable and communal space. While the E-Deck had been successful in some aspects, there are still much shortcomings that needs much improvement. The older...
Bedok Reservoir Gardens: A Truly Communal Elevated Green Space

Bedok Reservoir Gardens: A Truly Communal Elevated Green Space

With more emphasis on elevated green spaces for the future by HDB (Straits Times, 27 June 2013), HDB had focused on developing its roof top gardens in newer estates and projects to achieve this vision. That being said, HDB had also spent efforts during the mid 2000s to improve and upgrade existing estates to introduce...
Reflections on the Roof Garden in Punggol West

Reflections on the Roof Garden in Punggol West

On a weekday morning, at a roof garden in some HDB Estates in Punggol West, what would one expect to see? Will we see (like in the HDB Websites) elderly playing taichi, or family enjoying some family time there? Architect for the estate had envisioned the roof garden to be a intimate communal gathering space,...
Rethinking Community Spaces: A Community Walk through Toa Payoh

Rethinking Community Spaces: A Community Walk through Toa Payoh

As part of the HDB Community Week 2013, My peers and I participated in the Community Building Seminar organised by the Housing Development Board of Singapore (HDB). This two day seminar allowed us to learn from various participants who are from different walks of life, and one interesting part was the opportunity to be part of...
Rediscovering Elevated Green Space @ Bras Basah Complex

Rediscovering Elevated Green Space @ Bras Basah Complex

80% of Singapore residents are in favour for more roof gardens to be implemented for a better Communal Living Environment (Wong, Wong, Ong & Sia, 2003). However, elevated Green Spaces in Singapore (like Roof Gardens) have always been thought to be a concept of recent years. In fact, many would be surprised to find out that...
Capitalism & Spatial Justice: The Reality of Design & Planning of Communal Spaces in Singapore Public Housing Estates

Capitalism & Spatial Justice: The Reality of Design & Planning of Communal Spaces in Singapore Public Housing Estates

  Introduction Design & planning of communal spaces in public housing estates are getting more attention in recent years. This is especially so in Singapore, where strong community bonds among residents of various races and nationalities are important in maintaining social security in our metropolitan city with high influx of global citizens. Furthermore, 80% of...
Neighbourhood #1 : Tiong Bahru, The Shangri-la of Modern Singapore

Neighbourhood #1 : Tiong Bahru, The Shangri-la of Modern Singapore

“I spent a weekend at a HDB Estate”, the first thing that comes to your mind perhaps is “You must be crazy, what is there to see?” or perhaps you may picture myself in the midst of many over towering gigantic, cold hearted concrete blocks. But what if I tell you, I had a good...

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