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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...
Incorporating urban landscapes within buildings: A high urban density model for Singapore’s public housing to learn from

Incorporating urban landscapes within buildings: A high urban density model for Singapore’s public housing to learn from

With ever increasing population in Asia’s major cities, the escalating density of the built environment has led to fewer green and open spaces. With dwindling views and access to nature and recreational facilities, there has been increasing pressure to maintain and increase productivity of existing open spaces in cities as well as finding alternative ways...
8House by BIG: “Architectural Alchemy”. What would it mean in the Singaporean context?

8House by BIG: “Architectural Alchemy”. What would it mean in the Singaporean context?

  In the high-rise living of Singapore today, there is a dilemma between the increased comfort, privacy and quality of living the new housing typologies provide, and the nostalgia for past living and social spaces. There is something about the spontaneous clutter present in old estates that is appealing. The housing of the past was...
A healthy place to live in.

A healthy place to live in.

South Bronx, New York, has been a region of intense development of low-middle income housing. It aims to revitalize this area that was caused by past building fires and abandonment. One of the sites located at Brook Avenue and East 156th Street is an irregularly shaped 60,000 ft2 vacant lot that consists of city-owned property...
An Alternative Space: The realm between the public and collective

An Alternative Space: The realm between the public and collective

Dense with 30,000 (or more) inhabitants within 300 interconnected 10-storey building, all living together without contributions of a single architect or the government. This happened in Hong Kong’s infamous Kowloon Walled City before the demolition in early 1990s. The city of darkness was notorious for drugs, crime and other illegal issues you named. However, within...
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...
The Future of Our Traditional Wet Market? Part Two: A visit to the Tiong Bahru Market

The Future of Our Traditional Wet Market? Part Two: A visit to the Tiong Bahru Market

In continuation to the previous article written on Tiong Bahru Market, this article will focus on the future of wet markets in continuation to the series under the future of our traditional wet market. It was really a pleasurable experience to be able to conduct an interview with the chairman of the Tiong Bahru Wet...
Threshold & Transition

Threshold & Transition

A continuation from Voids from Boundaries:   In an urban landscape, the construction of buildings will always result in in-between spaces, which will eventually become part of the landscape, despite being planned or unplanned, and even though their boundary may be undefined. The way these in-between spaces are designed, conceived, constructed and used, directly affects...
Voids from Boundaries

Voids from Boundaries

  The construction of space is always obsessed with the interior and exterior qualities, but often lacks consideration for in-between spaces. Take for example, the office buildings in cities, where the edge condition is often one of two scenarios; either the two buildings abut each other without an interface, wall to wall, or, an alleyway...
The Future of Our Traditional Wet Market? Part One: A visit to the Chinatown Complex Market

The Future of Our Traditional Wet Market? Part One: A visit to the Chinatown Complex Market

Vendors greeted me cheerfully with smiles on their face, ever willing to introduce you to their freshest products. That is the kind of atmosphere in the wet market community that is so heartwarming, and something that we should preserve and let it flourish, especially in today’s society where people are too busy to even stop...
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...

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