Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/220014
Title: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF PUBLIC SPACES IN HDB
Authors: WONG CHEE CHEONG
Keywords: Real Estate
RE
Fu Yu Ming
2019/2020 RE
Issue Date: 26-May-2020
Citation: WONG CHEE CHEONG (2020-05-26). UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF PUBLIC SPACES IN HDB. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper seeks to tackle the research problem of waning kampong spirit in Singapore HDB estates. The study examines HDB public space, kampong spirit and examines the potential issues with HDB public spaces and propose ideas on how these issues could be resolved. The literature review conducted reveals the possibility between social capital generation and kampong spirit being recaptured. Public space as a concept was analysed in the review, and three main themes became apparent in understanding how public space may be a tool to affect change in social capital – constructive tension, low-intensity contact and localization of retail. It also analysed the trends in void decks and retail spaces in and surrounding HDB estates over the years. A study was designed to investigate these effects. The survey finding shows that social capital and higher tolerance among residents may not have been generated through tension arising from activities in void decks. However, void decks were generally shown to be more effective at inducing social interactions than precinct pavilions. The survey also found that respondents believed being helpful or being helped is the most important factor in generating social interactions. The observations made in the observational study and interviews show strong qualitative evidence for the importance of retail, its localization, places to sit, and ample low-intensity contact in generating more social capital.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/220014
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