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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Psychogeography of Church of St Mary of the Angels

Psychogeography of Church of St Mary of the Angels

Introduction to the Project The Church of St Mary of the Angels is a Roman Catholic church completed in 2004, located in the Western suburban region of Singapore. The compound houses a few different functions: the Church, the St Anthony Friary, the Poor Clare Monastery and an underground columbarium; these functions have their own compounds...
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...
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...

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