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Cycling around Georgetown, Penang

Cycling around Georgetown, Penang

    The system of bicycle sharing has gained huge popularity in various countries in the recent years, especially in small towns and new developments. As of 2013, more than 500 cities in over 49 countries have implanted some form of bicycle sharing system (Larsen, 2013). The benefits are both environmental and economical in a...
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...
Lessons to learn from Bandung Creative City Forum

Lessons to learn from Bandung Creative City Forum

Bandung is the 3rd largest city by population in Indonesia, located in the western part of Java island. The city is considered to be one of the major cultural hub in Indonesia, with their garment manufacturing, arts and design industry as the city’s pride. Bandung Cityscape Mr. Ridwan Kamil, an architect and a lecturer in Bandung Technology...
De-centralisation of the Arts, Taiwan

De-centralisation of the Arts, Taiwan

Refined Chinese “high” culture as staged in Taiwan. Background Two types of culture in Taiwan exists: one, the Chinese high culture brought over by the retreated Kuo Min Tang (KMT), two, the actual local culture of Taiwan. Real Taiwanese culture has been suppressed in the rule of KMT initially but the 1990s Taiwanization movement has...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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