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Title: SINGAPORE'S INFORMAL GARDENS : HYBRID LANDSCAPE EVOLUTION IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE
Authors: HOO XIN YU
Keywords: Architecture
Landscape architecture
Hwang Yun Hye
2010/2011 LA
Hybrid landscape
Informal gardens
Public housing
Public space appropriation
Singapore
Issue Date: 16-Jun-2011
Citation: HOO XIN YU (2011-06-16). SINGAPORE'S INFORMAL GARDENS : HYBRID LANDSCAPE EVOLUTION IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Uniform high-rise public housing flats in Singapore, where more than 80% of the population live, are individualized with common spaces appropriated with informal gardens. Often overlooked, sometimes illegal but tolerated, they manifest in the form of pots lining the corridor, layered gardens incorporating seating in seldom-used common staircases, garden plots in the unplanted green loose spaces on the ground level. An unintended hybrid landscape and social medium, these individual informal gardens have evolved with the public spaces designed within the public housing estate in Singapore, from the linear spaces in early public housing estates to the precinct concept and the enclosed block designs today. This paper aims to acknowledge these informal gardens and highlight the relationship of their development with the public space designed by the authorities. It is hoped that lessons from this phenomenon can springboard possibilities for a new generation of hybrid landscapes. Socio-cultural and environmental influences on informal gardens in Singapore will first be understood. The development of the informal gardens in Singapore will then be traced parallel to the various neighbourhood planning forms and public housing block designs, through the mapping and analysis of such gardens from public housing estates of different ages. The recent community garden program, as an ‘official’ hybrid landscape, will be referenced to discuss possibilities and the potential for new hybrid landscape models in Singapore today.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/219907
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