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Title: FLIGHT OF AN ALTERNATE CITY IN SINGAPORE : UNRAVELING THE URBAN ROLE OF A FOREIGN WORKER �S RECREATION CENTRE
Authors: PENAFORT MARSHALL YOUSHENG
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Erik Gerard L'Heureux
Alternate city
Foreign worker
Recreation
Issue Date: 12-Jan-2010
Citation: PENAFORT MARSHALL YOUSHENG (2010-01-12T08:03:21Z). FLIGHT OF AN ALTERNATE CITY IN SINGAPORE : UNRAVELING THE URBAN ROLE OF A FOREIGN WORKER �S RECREATION CENTRE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Globalization has ‘unleashed and accelerated various mobilities’ in the world today. The perpetual flow of labor, information and capital has dissolved many of our borders and, at the same time, produced ubiquitous ‘spaces of flow’ . Hence, Modernization is recognized in parallel to mobilization. Against being left behind in the rapidly modernizing world, Singapore continues perpetually to reconfigure and improve itself in order to retain its strategic position in the global marketplace. Its competitive edge in this global milieu of transience is sharpened in part by its embrace of Foreign workers. No doubt, the access to this cheap source of labor is enabled by a certain ‘mobility’ and ‘movement’, which in turn is strictly regulated and ordered in Singapore. The notion of ambivalence is considered in answering the questions of how this modern mobility is ordered and regulated and why this mobility is ordered as such. Within the continued transient flow of foreign workers lies the potential for social changes and social disorder .From here, the ‘fear of ambivalence’ emerges and leads to the development of alternate modes of social ordering and control. The spatializing process of this alternate ordering is examined through Heterotopias, sites and spaces defined as an “other”. Specifically, the concept of heterotopias is imagined and produced in the site of the SCAL foreign workers recreation centre in Singapore. Through the lens of Michel Foucault’s discourse of the Heterotopias, this dissertation would investigate upon the possibilities surrounding such an alternate city. The alternate city, as an “exceptional place , a miniature city or subcity” to the urban city of Singapore in the context of the global milieu of transience. Building upon an understanding of the ambiguities surrounding the emergence of this alternate in the SCAL recreation centre, the subsequent portion would seek to construct an itinerary of the recreation centre. Through explorations with a variety of in-betweens or binary situations, to reveal the “in-determinate, im-precise, un-certain“ nature of the recreation centre’s spatial practices. In recognizing the SCAL Recreation centre as a third space that resides between a variety of in-betweens , one ponders upon the role this alternate threshold has played in the overall system of travel for the foreign worker. In the end , this dissertation seeks to illuminate the underlying contribution of the SCAL Recreation centre to the urban city of Singapore.
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