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Title: HAPPINESS IN SINGAPORE : HOUSING AND ITS COMMUNITY
Authors: YOUNG SHI YUN HANNAH
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
DTS
Master (Architecture)
Chang Jiat Hwee
2013/2014 Aki DTS
Issue Date: 5-Nov-2013
Citation: YOUNG SHI YUN HANNAH (2013-11-05). HAPPINESS IN SINGAPORE : HOUSING AND ITS COMMUNITY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As continued economic growth seems to be the only way to bring prosperity to countries, it has caused a few problems. One of the problems is the diminishing level on happiness among people. This is due to the misconception that increased economic wealth will lead to happiness. However, this relationship is proven otherwise by the Inglehart and Klingemann income and happiness graph showing that increased economic wealth instead leads to diminishing levels of happiness. However, there are countries that have recorded both a high level of economic wealth and happiness, leading us to conclude that there are perhaps other factors that contribute to happiness. This architectural dissertation will explore, the role of the built environment that can affect happiness. To understand the relationship between the built environment and happiness, research was done to establish that interpersonal relationships are important in creating happiness. Hence, by using the four needs of happiness identified by psychologist Tim Kasser, Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats were used for analysis. Through this, society seems to have regressed due to the obsession with economic wealth, perhaps resulting in diminishing happiness. Thus, a case study and field studies were used to illustrate the importance of community spirit to bring happiness.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/220364
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