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Insurgent Space in Singapore?

Insurgent Space in Singapore?

Every Sunday, the strip of land flanking a long canal way in Singapore becomes the site for ‘insurgent spatial practices’ – a concept popularized by Jeffrey Hou in his book, “Insurgent Public Space: Guerilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities”. Hou describes insurgent public space as a mode of city-making that is different from conventional...
Jakarta urban farming

Jakarta urban farming

Indonesian Gardening is a pilot project. We will create green spaces in the middle of the city that provide benefits for surrounding communities. (Indonesia Berkebun, 2011) The lack of green spaces in urban area has moved a group of people with the same mission, led by Ridwan Kamil, to start a community called Indonesia berkebun,...
Reclaim the street, eat!

Reclaim the street, eat!

KEUKEN is a one-day food festival which addresses the issue of utilizations of city’s public spaces through the wisdom of the street-inspired culture. Keuken (http://keukenbdg.com/) is a mix of community who loves local culinary and an attempt to break the monotony of urban life by reclaiming public space. Keuken celebrate the appropriation of an urban...
Building from the Ground-Up: Experience the Kampung Culture

Building from the Ground-Up: Experience the Kampung Culture

The Ground-Up Initiative in Singapore advocates community spirit initiatives, urban farming programmes to change the way of innovating, from the ground-up. GUI is now embarking on a new and exciting journey and experience the Heritage Kampung with them! Exploring Our Heritage Through Kampung Culture Heritage Kampung 2012 is a 5 months long event to celebrate the...
An alternative learning platform: Ruin Academy - Anarchist Gardener

An alternative learning platform: Ruin Academy – Anarchist Gardener

Ruin Academy (Taipei, Taiwan 2010 -) is an independent cross-over architectural research centre in the Urban Core -area of Taipei, Taiwan. The Academy is run in co-operation between the Finland based Casagrande Laboratory and Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture. Ruin academy is set to re-think the industrial city and the moden man in...
Little India: A Just Space for the Marginalized in Singapore

Little India: A Just Space for the Marginalized in Singapore

Every Sunday, Little India sees an influx of hundreds of foreign workers from Bangladesh and India. From the main bustling Serangoon Road, open parks and plazas, HDB void decks, five-foot ways to even back-lanes, these foreign workers are seen using and appropriating the various spaces. It is not a usual sight to see such large...
Urban Rooms

Urban Rooms

The fast infrastructural and physical changes of contemporary cities have frequently implied the lack of continuity between architectural or urban elements which takes the form of disorder spots in developing urban landscape barely integrate in their environment. Territory in various projects requires more ample connotations of scale and functional relationships. A term aimed to define...
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...
Spatial Justice for Migrants: Just the government's role?

Spatial Justice for Migrants: Just the government’s role?

Newspaper article taken from: AsiaOne Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 Title: 36 premises found unacceptable for foreign worker housing SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) conducted a major multi-agency enforcement operation on 71 private residential premises in Geylang in December last year, and 36 were discovered to be unacceptable for use as foreign worker accommodation....
Informal: ignored but pervasive

Informal: ignored but pervasive

Situated at a lively junction along Causeway Bay, these women are offering a traditional Chinese practice of dispelling the people that you hate by hitting on their photo A group of old man enjoying a game under a pedestrian bridge Hong Kong can’t exist without the informal, because the informal is the real entity which...
Sharing Hong Kong's Hidden Secrets

Sharing Hong Kong’s Hidden Secrets

Stephen and Josie were awarded the Citizen of the Year 2011 by ShenZhenNan Fong Daily. (Image courtesy of Secret Tour HK) The Hong Kong Tourism Board has set out to make a primary impression: Hong Kong, glittering skyscrapers planted across and overlooking Victoria Harbour; a perfect mix of the East and the West; touted as...

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