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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...
Chinatown: Lost Community & Identity of Place

Chinatown: Lost Community & Identity of Place

As Singapore continues to prosper, the cityscapes are rapidly changing with new developments constantly superseding the old. Under the urban renewal schemes, many early buildings and districts planned under the Jackson Plan have either been reviewed and modified or simply demolished, with only a few areas being conserved. One of the conservation areas under URA’s...
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...
Development of Elevated Green Spaces in Singapore Public Housing Estates (1960s to Present)

Development of Elevated Green Spaces in Singapore Public Housing Estates (1960s to Present)

What are the various typologies of elevated green space in Singapore Public Housing Estates and what is their design evolution of such spaces over the years? This week, we seek to explore the various typology of elevated green space as well as the design intention and planning put into developing these elevated green spaces in...
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...
A Trip to the Older Traditional Wet Market

A Trip to the Older Traditional Wet Market

 Image 1: No separating walls between stalls. Do you recall how the older traditional wet markets looks like? What one thought could be the most original typology might not have been so, that’s my thoughts and sentiments after I take a closer look at the Marine Parade Central wet market. What are the differences and...
Reclamation of Ambiguous Space

Reclamation of Ambiguous Space

  The ‘common’ void deck, when not in use for large public events such as funerals or weddings, is largely a long cuboid hall; except for the columns or walls at every 6m interval. How this space is constantly transforming between different usage for recreation, weddings, funerals and other uses, is a result of the...

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