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Foreign Workers in Singapore: Spatial Practices of Resistance

Foreign Workers in Singapore: Spatial Practices of Resistance

  The Western region of Singapore (Boon Lay, Pioneer, Jurong West, Jurong Island) houses some 30 000 foreign workers, the highest concentration of any other region. They are housed primarily within what the government states as “approved housing” – purpose-built dormitories, converted industrial premises and rented public housing flats. However, these are just official housing premises...
Contesting Public Space: Singapore's Little India

Contesting Public Space: Singapore’s Little India

              (Straits Times, 13 April 2012)  A recent Straits Times article reported how residents living in Little India requested for their public Resident’s Corner located within their housing ‘void deck’ to be cordoned off from foreign workers.Their concerns include the presumed disamenities caused by foreign workers’ presence in the...
Community gardening - Community ungardening

Community gardening – Community ungardening

Clementi Makeshift Farm getting the boot, literally. Copyright © Matthew Allen, WSJ A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people.                                                      ...
Continuity

Continuity

Currently, Singapore is facing population boom. To date, the country contains more than 5 million people within the 700 square kilometers of build up areas. Singapore’s policy makers are planning for 6.5 million people in 5 years. In order to provide more public houses, many 10 storey old housing blocks were replaced with 40 storey...
Urban regeneration in Barcelona and Seoul: different approaches, similar consequences?

Urban regeneration in Barcelona and Seoul: different approaches, similar consequences?

The consequences of urban regeneration in Barcelona and Seoul suggest that in the conditions of neoliberal urban policy citizens in Europe and Asia face similar problems in their everyday life. This article discusses the recent transformation of Poblenou and Wangsimni in Barcelona and Seoul and briefly reveals some of the reasons for remarkably similar consequences...

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