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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...
Evolution of our Living Environment

Evolution of our Living Environment

The loss of community spirit in modern times is well documented. This has been expressed in various literature. Christopher Alexander termed it the autonomy-withdrawal syndrome, a huge net of cause and effect in which the breakdown of primary groups, the breakdown of intimacy itself, the growth of individualism, and the withdrawal from the stress of...
Connecting with Our Community

Connecting with Our Community

The HDB Community Building Seminar has spark off many participants’ passion to serve and connect with the community and at the same time left many provoking thoughts as the seminar came to an end. The entire seminar focused on using the concept of ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) to build strong relationships in a community....
Tiong Bahru Wet Market, A Successful Case.

Tiong Bahru Wet Market, A Successful Case.

Tiong Bahru Wet Market, used to be a single-storey market called Seng Poh Market. In 2004 to 2006, the market underwent extensive upgrading works at the cost of S$16.8 million. Despite its modern design and the addition of better facilities, the re-opened market blended well with its surroundings comprising mainly of two to five storey...
A Vertical Vernacular

A Vertical Vernacular

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) was established in 1960 in response to Singapore’s housing shortage problem. During the early formative years of the HDB in the 1960s, its role was to provide basic shelter to help solve the housing shortage problem at that time. It was during a time of much uncertainty, with massive...
Our Kampong Spirit

Our Kampong Spirit

The housing situation in Singapore has progressed since its early days of vernacular low-rise villages to the modernist high-rise housing blocks of today. To date, over 85% of Singapore’s residents live in HDB high-rise housing estates, and the remaining in private high-rise condominiums and private landed property. With more than half the population having spent...
Rediscovering Elevated Green Space @ Bras Basah Complex

Rediscovering Elevated Green Space @ Bras Basah Complex

80% of Singapore residents are in favour for more roof gardens to be implemented for a better Communal Living Environment (Wong, Wong, Ong & Sia, 2003). However, elevated Green Spaces in Singapore (like Roof Gardens) have always been thought to be a concept of recent years. In fact, many would be surprised to find out that...
Relevance of Traditional Wet Markets, as a Communal Space that Promotes Community Bonding, in Singapore’s Public Housing Estates.

Relevance of Traditional Wet Markets, as a Communal Space that Promotes Community Bonding, in Singapore’s Public Housing Estates.

Introduction In recent years, there has been much hype over keeping the traditional wet markets by bringing in more activities and function to make it a less time dictated communal space. Rapid process of urban redevelopment is transforming the way people are interacting with the spaces around them, particular in the up and coming high-density...

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