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Migrant Workers in Limbo: Housing Troubles

Migrant Workers in Limbo: Housing Troubles

It is well-known that many of the blue-collar industries in Singapore is filled with mainly foreign workers. These workers typically occupy the jobs within the construction and marine industries. As of June 2016, the total foreign workforce in the construction industry is at 326,700 (Ministry of Manpower Singapore, 2016). These workers hailing from South East Asian...
Stakeholders of Community Participatory Design: Designers as Community Facilitators

Stakeholders of Community Participatory Design: Designers as Community Facilitators

Continuing from my previous article ‘Extending community participatory design in Singapore’s built environment: the potential of designers’, which postulates why designers should be mobilised in the push for greater community participatory design (CPD) efforts, we now take a closer look into the stakeholders within CPD projects. Through the analysis of the roles of various stakeholders...
Extending community participatory design in Singapore’s built environment: the potential of designers

Extending community participatory design in Singapore’s built environment: the potential of designers

In a dialogue with Singapore Perspectives 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed that “It is our responsibility as a government to try and help Singapore society come to a consensus on issues. We must all have a stake in growth and progress, and feel that society is going in the right direction.”(Koh 2013) His...
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...
Participatory Design: A testing ground @ Jalan Kukoh, Singapore

Participatory Design: A testing ground @ Jalan Kukoh, Singapore

Participatory Design in a Rental Housing Community. Can it actually be a reality? With Heart Initiative 5, it is now coming true.   Heart Initiative 5 (H.I. 5) is a community outreach project initiated by 3 Master Thesis Students (AY2013/14) from NUS Architecture who came together for a common interest of exploring a whole new...
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...
Rethinking Community Spaces: A Community Walk through Toa Payoh

Rethinking Community Spaces: A Community Walk through Toa Payoh

As part of the HDB Community Week 2013, My peers and I participated in the Community Building Seminar organised by the Housing Development Board of Singapore (HDB). This two day seminar allowed us to learn from various participants who are from different walks of life, and one interesting part was the opportunity to be part of...
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)...
Fresh approaches to urban design in the metropolitan Seoul

Fresh approaches to urban design in the metropolitan Seoul

Seoul is one of the world’s most dense cities. While the city is internationally known for the rapid economic growth and massive urban development in the past, it is largely overlooked that fresh approaches to urban development, which differ from the earlier period, are taking place in the metropolitan Seoul. One approach is related to...