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Title: FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION - INCARCERATION SPACES IN SINGAPORE & THE PRISON EXPERIENCE
Authors: ONG YING LUN BELLE
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Imran Bin Tajudeen
2015/2016 Aki DT
Prison
Punishment
Reformation
Rehabilitation
Issue Date: 9-Dec-2015
Citation: ONG YING LUN BELLE (2015-12-09). FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION - INCARCERATION SPACES IN SINGAPORE & THE PRISON EXPERIENCE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Prisons, penal institutions and incarceration buildings are understood as physical entities that are meant to segregate the wrongdoers from the rest of society, where they serve their term. The notion of imprisonment has changed over the years, from a punitive regime (exclusion) to one that deals with inmate wellbeing (inclusion). The different regimes give rise to different aims, prison layouts, modes of control, thus affecting the prison experience in varied ways. As the idea of prison and imprisonment is a multifaceted one, it is then important to ask the following questions: What are the various systems of imprisonment in Singapore? What are the characteristics of these prison spaces? How do these spaces affect the experience of the inmates as well as the general public? What are prison spaces associated with and how do these associations form? This dissertation seeks to examine how intention (regime) is realized through architecture (physical environment), and then assess the relationship between the architecture and the inmates’ experience. The aim here is not to derive any form of definitive analysis, but rather to embrace the intricacies of imprisonment, to investigate idea and intention, space and architecture, behaviour and psychology. Through these parameters, it is hoped that the relationship between intent, architecture and behaviour can be concretized to some extent. Selected penal institutions in Singapore (existing and demolished) will be studied to explore the regimental shift, through the study of relevant texts, recounts, newspaper articles and architectural drawings, followed by spatial analysis. The regimes are divided into three main periods: punishment, reformation and rehabilitation, which will be understood via examination of Bras Basah Convict Jail (punishment), Outram Prison (punishment), Changi Prison (reformation) and Changi Prison Cluster A (rehabilitation).
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