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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...
Capitalism & Spatial Justice: The Reality of Design & Planning of Communal Spaces in Singapore Public Housing Estates

Capitalism & Spatial Justice: The Reality of Design & Planning of Communal Spaces in Singapore Public Housing Estates

  Introduction Design & planning of communal spaces in public housing estates are getting more attention in recent years. This is especially so in Singapore, where strong community bonds among residents of various races and nationalities are important in maintaining social security in our metropolitan city with high influx of global citizens. Furthermore, 80% of...
Tower of Colony by GROUNDWORK

Tower of Colony by GROUNDWORK

Tower Of Colony | DESIGN STATEMENT Exhibit at the NEXT PLAY : Shifting Ground Exhibition: Taipei 臺北未來生活居概念展 PROJECT NAME Tower of Colony | 殖民港的殖民塔 LOCATION No. 27 Linsen North Road, URS27, The Huashan Prairie, Taipei, Taiwan 臺北市中正區林森北路27號–URS27華山大草原 COMPLETED DATE December, 2012 CURATOR FROM POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB DESIGN INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL INNOVATION(JCDISI)...
Neighbourhood #1 : Tiong Bahru, The Shangri-la of Modern Singapore

Neighbourhood #1 : Tiong Bahru, The Shangri-la of Modern Singapore

“I spent a weekend at a HDB Estate”, the first thing that comes to your mind perhaps is “You must be crazy, what is there to see?” or perhaps you may picture myself in the midst of many over towering gigantic, cold hearted concrete blocks. But what if I tell you, I had a good...
The Social Memories of a Voiddeck

The Social Memories of a Voiddeck

“downstair” Directed By Diya Tan Produced By Quek Hui Min, Helmi Ali Director of Photography PK Tan This film was produced as a final-year project in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. All Rights Reserved 2008. downstair. A colloquial and affectionate term used by many when referring...

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