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Stakeholders of Community Participatory Design: Designers as Community Facilitators

Stakeholders of Community Participatory Design: Designers as Community Facilitators

Continuing from my previous article ‘Extending community participatory design in Singapore’s built environment: the potential of designers’, which postulates why designers should be mobilised in the push for greater community participatory design (CPD) efforts, we now take a closer look into the stakeholders within CPD projects. Through the analysis of the roles of various stakeholders...
Hong Kong’s In-Between Spaces: Alleyway

Hong Kong’s In-Between Spaces: Alleyway

Hong Kong is a city known for its lack of space – both public and private. Some may argue that the government has provided sufficient public space in the form of recreational parks within the public housing estate and other sizable parks which includes Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Park, Victoria Park and Hong Kong Botanical...
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...
The public life of Sham Shui Po

The public life of Sham Shui Po

Sham Shu Po is one of the 18 districts in Hong Kong, and the poorest one. It is considered one of the areas with the highest population density, and also the highest poverty rate at 18.2% [1]. Despite its popularity with tourists, this district is concentrated in low-income families, new immigrants, street-sleepers, unemployed citizens, and the...
Extending community participatory design in Singapore’s built environment: the potential of designers

Extending community participatory design in Singapore’s built environment: the potential of designers

In a dialogue with Singapore Perspectives 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed that “It is our responsibility as a government to try and help Singapore society come to a consensus on issues. We must all have a stake in growth and progress, and feel that society is going in the right direction.”(Koh 2013) His...
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...

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