Posts tagged "Community Spirit"
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...
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...
Neighbourhood #8 : Serangoon Gardens – The Ingredients of a Community

Neighbourhood #8 : Serangoon Gardens – The Ingredients of a Community

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” ― Oscar Wilde   With its rustic charm and interesting character, Serangoon Gardens is home to a large cluster of private homes. However, what sets it apart from many other estates is what lies in the heart of it. Lining the Serangoon Gardens...
Whose void deck is it anyway? Not here then where?

Whose void deck is it anyway? Not here then where?

Recently, the communal beauty that the void deck represented has been tainted with a case of ‘NIMBY’ or ‘Not in my Backyard’, a concern recently raised my our own Prime Minister. A couple of months ago, residents in Woodlands and Toh Yi petitioned against the construction of elder case facilities in their own estates, claiming that it was not that...
Community in a high rise environment

Community in a high rise environment

  Enjoying the last few moments together before it walks into history –  Block 9 Ghim Moh Road Appreciating the obstacles to its emergence, the need for community in high-rise residential housing estates has always been an important concern of planners and architects. Invariably, every architectural drawing of a single blocks of flats will provide...
Community gardening - Community ungardening

Community gardening – Community ungardening

Clementi Makeshift Farm getting the boot, literally. Copyright © Matthew Allen, WSJ A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people.                                                      ...
The Disappearing Voids

The Disappearing Voids

    A void deck is an essential part of each an every HDB heart lander. The void deck, is the only other shared facility within HDB estates that promote spontaneous and Incidental happenings to happen. With the removal of the void deck, the residents living in this “pigeon-hole” configuration apartment blocks have one less...