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Authors: LIM LOUIS
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Master (Architecture)
Low Boon Liang
2014/2015 Aki DT
Mixed use
Place history
Place identity
Sense of place
Issue Date: 4-Aug-2015
Citation: LIM LOUIS (2015-08-04). REPLACEMENT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Rochor is a neighbourhood with multiple layers of historical narratives. Prior to the massive redevelopment of the area, these histories are layered onto one another as the neighbourhood became significant to different groups of people, trades and functions. These layers contributed to the lively and varied character of the neighbourhood, from aspects of religious representation to the multitude of uses (See History section for more details). Redevelopment and conservation plans for the area resulted in the shift of the multi-layered place history to either a mono-narrative (in the case of the conserved areas) to a state of tabula rasa (for the redeveloped areas). In spite of this, some buildings were more accommodating than others in allowing these layers to return. One example would be Rochor Centre - a public housing podium block constructed by the Housing Development Board in the 1960s to maintain the residential character and spatial equity of the city. The units in the podium blocks were particularly flexible and accommodating, in the sense that many existing businesses were relocated within Rochor Centre with the demolishment of the shophouses and buildings like Blanco Court. With the impending demolishment of Rochor Centre itself, along with the current state-sanctioned planning strategy of the Ophir-Rochor Corridor Development, the site risks falling into the typical rough grain podium developments that reduces the idea of mixed-use to its minimum and are devoid of any historical context. These developments would impact the historicity of the site negatively, reduce the level of diversity and vibrancy characteristic of the area, as well as sacrifice the level of spatial equity the site currently offers. (Refer to Issues section for more detailed explanation of the variety of relevant issues). The project seeks to address these concerns of the impending loss and to accommodate the future needs of the city without sacrificing the benefits of the existing.
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