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Title: TERRITORIAL ENCROACHMENT OF RESIDENTIAL PUBLIC SPACE IN SINGAPORE PUBLIC HOUSING : EVOLUTION AND IMPACTS ON PLANNING
Authors: CHIK CHENG CAI DEREK
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Low Boon Liang
Issue Date: 29-Jan-2010
Citation: CHIK CHENG CAI DEREK (2010-01-29T10:02:57Z). TERRITORIAL ENCROACHMENT OF RESIDENTIAL PUBLIC SPACE IN SINGAPORE PUBLIC HOUSING : EVOLUTION AND IMPACTS ON PLANNING. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The design policies of Singapore’s public housing have evolved through the five generations of housing development and as a result, the physical design of flats and their immediate public space have undergone multiple transformations. Legislations prohibiting public space infringement have been observed to only have temporary effectiveness in the prevention of space contestation by individuals and communities. The recurrence of this situation suggests a natural tendency of residents to territorialize the spaces they inhabit and its surroundings. Through a spatio-analytic approach based on case studies of the typologies of residential public spaces commonly encroached upon, this dissertation investigates the social benefits of allowing this trend to proliferate, and calls for a re-assessment of whether limitations should be implemented to address its development. This will be examined with reference to the changes in policy and planning through the generations of HDB planning. Residential public spaces looked into will focus on certain aspects of areas in which residents commonly meet, that contribute to the building of community within the block and neighbourhood. In specific, these refer to the different types of access balconies, lift lobbies and landing configurations which flat owners tend to mark as their territory, and the void deck and ground floor facilities. The existing social problems of public space contestation and how they could be dealt with will be examined in the continued development of planning criteria that promotes social cohesion and improves community life within a HDB estate. The centre of research questions the following: “Is the territorial encroachment of small scale public spaces by inhabitants of public housing advantageous to the residential community, and should limitations be implemented to address its development?”; while the hypothesis is that the perceived advantages of encroachment outweigh the disadvantages, a planning guideline for the trend would benefit the residential community of public housing, while negative implications are reduced.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/220781
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