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Title: A POSTMODERN PERSPECTIVE OF SINGAPORE WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO PUBLIC HOUSING
Authors: TAN CHIAU YEONG, ALVIN
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: TAN CHIAU YEONG, ALVIN (2003). A POSTMODERN PERSPECTIVE OF SINGAPORE WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO PUBLIC HOUSING. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Singapore has transformed itself from a colonial city to one which is unquestionably the epitome of modernization, and it has done this with an efficiency and thoroughness which belies its size relative to other nations with potentially larger resources. Yet in the 21st century the modernist approach which has carried Singapore's development so steadily seems to be on the brink of exhausting itself. What, if anything, is emerging as a new trend of urban development in the city? This paper seeks to explore the elements which seem to deviate from the Fordist school of thought. It has been argued that the contemporary concepts of the urban city are being challenged (see Section 3 for a critique of modernist planning); leaving only one appropriate perspective to hold— a postmodern-driven theory of the city. Such a perspective, if taken seriously, would indubitably influence the urban process, the urban economy and the very appearance of cities. If the modern city has indeed been transformed by elements referred to as "postmodern", then these elements must be explained and their relevance to urban theory determined. In order to establish a presence or absence of the concept of postmodernism in Singapore three questions must first be answered: (1) What is the concept of the modern city? (2) What is the concept of the postmodern city?Singapore has transformed itself from a colonial city to one which is unquestionably the epitome of modernization, and it has done this with an efficiency and thoroughness which belies its size relative to other nations with potentially larger resources. Yet in the 21st century the modernist approach which has carried Singapore's development so steadily seems to be on the brink of exhausting itself. What, if anything, is emerging as a new trend of urban development in the city? This paper seeks to explore the elements which seem to deviate from the Fordist school of thought. It has been argued that the contemporary concepts of the urban city are being challenged (see Section 3 for a critique of modernist planning); leaving only one appropriate perspective to hold— a postmodern-driven theory of the city. Such a perspective, if taken seriously, would indubitably influence the urban process, the urban economy and the very appearance of cities. If the modern city has indeed been transformed by elements referred to as "postmodern", then these elements must be explained and their relevance to urban theory determined. In order to establish a presence or absence of the concept of postmodernism in Singapore three questions must first be answered: (1) What is the concept of the modern city? (2) What is the concept of the postmodern city?(3) Is the postmodern city the paradigm of the future? Only then can we begin to examine Singapore for elements of what we term "postmodern".
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