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The Evolution of High-Rise Living in Singapore: A Hypothesis of what has changed.

The Evolution of High-Rise Living in Singapore: A Hypothesis of what has changed.

Singapore is a young nation but she has seen one of the most numbers of high-rise residential developments over the past few decades since she gained independence, alongside other developing countries in the Southeast Asia, and in China. Building typologies today are so different than when it was, more than fifty years ago, when Housing...
Unregulated but Dynamic:  Economy and Community within the Kowloon Walled City

Unregulated but Dynamic: Economy and Community within the Kowloon Walled City

BACKGROUND   Twenty years after its demolition, the Kowloon Walled City (KWC) in Hong Kong remains an intriguing example to urban planners and architects today. With 50,000 people and businesses housed in a mere 2.79 ha, KWC was the densest place in the world (1,920,000 people per km2). (Figures 1 and 2) KWC was originally...
Challenging Age Segregation:  Rethinking School Systems and Typology for Intergenerational Learning

Challenging Age Segregation: Rethinking School Systems and Typology for Intergenerational Learning

PREAMBLE   People are segregated by age in everyday lives – education is seen as the domain of the young, work as the adults’, and retirement and leisure as seniors’. This is the tripartite structuring of our lives (Figure 1) – an age-based thinking institutionalized and manifested into age-segregated spaces – that has become socially...
2030 Singapore: Live, Work, Play...and Grow?

2030 Singapore: Live, Work, Play…and Grow?

Global Food Risks: Urbanization, Growing Population and Climate Change Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54 per cent of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. It is postulated that by 2050, 66 per cent of the world’s population will be residing in urban cities. Continuing population...
Community gardens and sustainable urban design

Community gardens and sustainable urban design

Community gardens have gained a lot of attention and popularity over the past years in terms of community-driven and sustainable urban design, which can help cities in addressing their social, economic and environmental problems. Although South Korean and Slovene cities don’t have much in common at first sight the Community Eco Garden in Maribor may...
Learning from Hong Kong Part I: Towards Mixed-use (Podium) Development

Learning from Hong Kong Part I: Towards Mixed-use (Podium) Development

Introduction to Mixed-use development in Hong Kong Hong Kong represents a singular case of its own. Hong Kong is unique because it represents an extreme case of overcrowding, escalating population growth, scarcity of land resource, intensification of land-use activities, burdened by an absence of raw materials and natural resources. High-rise and high density living is...
Ageing in place and ageing gracefully

Ageing in place and ageing gracefully

Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council Meeting attendees include: Dr Teo Ho Pin and Mr Lawrence (Town Council) Prof Tay Keng Soon, Jannrius, Qingran, Natasha and Riberd (NUS) In an open discussion with Dr Teo Ho Pin at the Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council, the Mayor of North West District Chairman of Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council and MP...
A ‘brand new’ HDB typology – Modern Kampung @ Admiralty

A ‘brand new’ HDB typology – Modern Kampung @ Admiralty

Cross sectional perspective of Kampung Admiralty (Source: HDB) Typology Back in the 1980s, Bras Basah Complex (1980) featured HDB flats above a commercial complex o integrate with the commercial podium as a means to house more people and hawkers from the Urban Renewal Scheme. (HDB Annual Report, 1970 & 1978). After 40 years, the HDB...
Integration and Reduction of Boundaries for the Dynamic Community

Integration and Reduction of Boundaries for the Dynamic Community

‘Cloud Boxes’ by SANAA is the winning entry for the Taichung City Cultural Center design competition, which envisioned the city as a metropolis where arts and culture forms the focal point of its identity. Led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the proposal was a collaborative effort with local firm Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners. Underneath this...
Art, Culture and Public Engagement: Radical Space or Cultural Desert

Art, Culture and Public Engagement: Radical Space or Cultural Desert

West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is conceived as a low-density development with a large open space. A part of the focus is raising awareness in the arts and culture among the general public. WKCD has yet to exist in material form due to multiple feasibility studies, public engagement with stakeholders and debates on the space...
Engaging Bodies: Lessons from the Human Body Museum by BIG for the design of art & cultural spaces in Singapore

Engaging Bodies: Lessons from the Human Body Museum by BIG for the design of art & cultural spaces in Singapore

BIG’s competition design entry for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in Montpellier, France, won first prize for its innovative combination of environmental and functional qualities. The museum explores the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through designing for cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshop spaces. Thus, although...
A Synergy of the New and the Existing: Milstein Hall by OMA

A Synergy of the New and the Existing: Milstein Hall by OMA

Overview Milstein Hall is a new addition to the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Rather than a new free standing building, Milstein Hall with its construction, has “synergized” with the existing AAP buildings to create  a unified complex with continuous levels of indoor and outdoor...