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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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