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Unregulated but Dynamic:  Economy and Community within the Kowloon Walled City

Unregulated but Dynamic: Economy and Community within the Kowloon Walled City

BACKGROUND   Twenty years after its demolition, the Kowloon Walled City (KWC) in Hong Kong remains an intriguing example to urban planners and architects today. With 50,000 people and businesses housed in a mere 2.79 ha, KWC was the densest place in the world (1,920,000 people per km2). (Figures 1 and 2) KWC was originally...
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...
Communal Work for a Community

Communal Work for a Community

In more ways than one, the void deck has come to be seen as a symbol representing community life in public housing in Singapore. However, this symbol has varied interpretations amongst a different demographic, where it means play space to kids, it is also a place of celebration and mourning to others. For some, it...
Voids in the Deck

Voids in the Deck

Once, where the void deck stood as one of the primary requirements and characteristics of public housing blocks in Singapore, and part of the pillars of community bonding, today, new typologies experiment with creating a community, without the void deck. One such example is the Treelodge @ Punggol. Comprising of several blocks with 15 storeys...
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...
Void Deck Community in Transition

Void Deck Community in Transition

In Singapore, blocks of Housing Development Board(HDB) flats make up much of the urban grain of the city. Community spaces are designed for; nothing is left to the imagination or to spontaneity. Context The speed at which urbanization and development has taken place in Singapore has had largely positive impact on the economy and quality...
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...

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