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Title: SELEGIE ROAD : THE POTENTIALITY OF STAIRS : AN ARCHETYPAL ELEMENT FOR FOREIGN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FROM THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENTAL REGION IN SINGAPORE
Authors: ER LEE HONG, DORA
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Thesis
Wong Chong Thai Bobby
2010/2011 DT
Migrant construction workers
Selegie Road
Stairs
Issue Date: 26-May-2011
Citation: ER LEE HONG, DORA (2011-05-26). SELEGIE ROAD : THE POTENTIALITY OF STAIRS : AN ARCHETYPAL ELEMENT FOR FOREIGN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FROM THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENTAL REGION IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: My thesis proposes the potential usage of a basic archetypal element – ‘Stairs’/’Steps’. The significance of the standard staircase is no longer just necessary for the circulation and optimum functioning of a building, but now has bearings as a nostalgic tool, the extension of programmatic functions, and the potentiality to demarcate the existence of a marginalized community. Embarking into the frames of Indian and Bangladeshi foreign construction workers in Singapore, constituting more than a third of the 257,000 construction workers, this highly visible, male dominated labour immigration flow who construct the edifices of Singapore constitute a large scale of people and movement. This thesis questions the continual predicament the workers are positioned in, and also the “Other-ness” of these foreign workers in Singapore that has been seemingly “realized, internalized and accepted as ‘normal’ and ‘moral’ via everyday practices and manpower policies. Governing Harvey’s concept of ‘labour’, the rudimentary structure in a working day, backbreaking toil, and men who participate in the domesticity of chores is at once revealed. Physical infrastructures which the workers utilize are by and large contingent on economic imperators. With close reference to the ghats and the activities that occurs along it in India and Bangladesh however, ‘stairs’/’steps’ in fact has a significant bearing in these respective context and settings This thesis envisions a reversal of their predicament, and the opportunities that may be present in the usage of stairs as a main circulatory device, connecting the proposed monument for the waves of indian workers since colonial singapore to the foreign construction workers at present, housing units as well as an arts cultural center on a site along Selegie Road and Short Street.
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