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Title: THE IMPACT OF FARM PROJECTS ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OF HDB RESIDENTS
Authors: FOO QUEK HIONG FRANCIS
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: FOO QUEK HIONG FRANCIS (2004). THE IMPACT OF FARM PROJECTS ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OF HDB RESIDENTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Since its establishment in 1960, the efforts of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) have no doubt achieved remarkable success in providing affordable homes for the Singapore population. Though so, high-rise high density living has inevitably led to a dilution of the strong neighbourly relations that once existed between residents during their early 'kampong' days. Over the years, measures such as building flats with a more interaction-conducive design and community programmes by Residents' Committees (RCs) have been implemented to revive this kampong spirit. However, little improvement was observed. This is mainly attributed to the general apathy of the residents and the lack of innovative programmes that could really stir up the interests of residents. In recent years, indoor-gardening has been gaining popularity among HDB residents who begin to show a greater appreciation for nature and greenery. In view of this, various RCs have started community farm projects in the concrete heartland. This is not only an effort to incorporate more nature into the estates, but also a move to provide a more relaxed environment for residents to socialize. Each community farm is essentially a miniature replicate of the communal vegetable farms found in 'kampongs', and they could be a combination of different types of farms. This study analyses the profiles of both users and non-users of the farm. The impact of different farm features on their effectiveness in encouraging social interaction is also investigated. The results show that while such community farm projects may be successful in promoting greater social interactions, the physical characteristics of each individual farms will affect its effectiveness. Moreover, characteristics of residents will influence the usage of the farms.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/219409
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