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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...
The New Toni Areal by EM2N

The New Toni Areal by EM2N

The New Toni Areal is a mixed-use, hybrid building designed by architects EM2N. Situated in a former industrial site, it aims to revitalize the area by incorporating a university campus, housing, spaces for cultural events and commercial facilities into what used to be a dairy plant. These functions, especially the university, serve to increase the...
Disappearance of the traditional wet markets, not only loss of a social gathering place, but also an important fresh food supply place.

Disappearance of the traditional wet markets, not only loss of a social gathering place, but also an important fresh food supply place.

  In continuation to previous article on disappearance of traditional wet markets and the challenges it faced, more thoughts will be shared in this article. Disappearances of traditional wet markets not only mean loss of an important social gathering point, a community shared space where interactions could be initiated easily and effortlessly. Closing of wet...
Connecting with Our Community

Connecting with Our Community

The HDB Community Building Seminar has spark off many participants’ passion to serve and connect with the community and at the same time left many provoking thoughts as the seminar came to an end. The entire seminar focused on using the concept of ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) to build strong relationships in a community....
Relevance of Traditional Wet Markets, as a Communal Space that Promotes Community Bonding, in Singapore’s Public Housing Estates.

Relevance of Traditional Wet Markets, as a Communal Space that Promotes Community Bonding, in Singapore’s Public Housing Estates.

Introduction In recent years, there has been much hype over keeping the traditional wet markets by bringing in more activities and function to make it a less time dictated communal space. Rapid process of urban redevelopment is transforming the way people are interacting with the spaces around them, particular in the up and coming high-density...
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...
Tower of Colony by GROUNDWORK

Tower of Colony by GROUNDWORK

Tower Of Colony | DESIGN STATEMENT Exhibit at the NEXT PLAY : Shifting Ground Exhibition: Taipei 臺北未來生活居概念展 PROJECT NAME Tower of Colony | 殖民港的殖民塔 LOCATION No. 27 Linsen North Road, URS27, The Huashan Prairie, Taipei, Taiwan 臺北市中正區林森北路27號–URS27華山大草原 COMPLETED DATE December, 2012 CURATOR FROM POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB DESIGN INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL INNOVATION(JCDISI)...
Jakarta urban farming

Jakarta urban farming

Indonesian Gardening is a pilot project. We will create green spaces in the middle of the city that provide benefits for surrounding communities. (Indonesia Berkebun, 2011) The lack of green spaces in urban area has moved a group of people with the same mission, led by Ridwan Kamil, to start a community called Indonesia berkebun,...
Reclaim the street, eat!

Reclaim the street, eat!

KEUKEN is a one-day food festival which addresses the issue of utilizations of city’s public spaces through the wisdom of the street-inspired culture. Keuken (http://keukenbdg.com/) is a mix of community who loves local culinary and an attempt to break the monotony of urban life by reclaiming public space. Keuken celebrate the appropriation of an urban...
The Politics in Public housing : the ideology driver of the government

The Politics in Public housing : the ideology driver of the government

Pinnacle @ Duxton. Topped out with a viewing gallery soaring 50 stories above ground only open to VIPs, is THE crowning glory of Singapore’s Public Housing Development Since the inception of Singapore, the PAP government has never strayed from its commitment to provide public housing for the whole nation. To them, continuing support for public...