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Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Ruzica Bozovic-Stamenovic
Thesis 2009/2010
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2010
Citation: WONG HONG-WEN, GARETH (2010-06-02T09:16:57Z). SPRING & SAGO NEW TCM HOSPICE CONCEPT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The thesis explores how issues of social stigma and rejection can be balanced within a suitable yet prominent urban site, concerning the sensitive nature of the hospice typology. Ultimately, it seeks to offer alternatives to current models where the medical presence is strong and the institution is tucked away in anonymity. The programme is a hybridisation of the hospice with TCM (traditional chinese medicine) elements already present in the chinatown site. The vicinity has strong historical connections with death through death houses which operated in the early twentieth century. The synergy of the two work to each others benefit and at the same time generate sufficient programmes to respond to the economic value of the site. The design is conceived as being a healing and wellness destination which provides relief from hectic city living. It caters accommodation, activities and care for all stages of health with no discrimination. It centres around a large public outdoor space with greenery and playgrounds. Urban strategies involve a design which first responds considerately to its immediate neighbours. Small but meaningful site enhancements may endear it to the existing community. The design should also exude a strong residential character. Interaction is greatly emphasized whether spontaneous or purposeful. It is through these layers of association that the hospice may coexist with society as it should. This is not a solution to long standing social stigma & superstition but a dialogue and an opportunity to address it.
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