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Title: THE FUTURE OF SHOEBOX UNITS IN SINGAPORE : CONSIDERATIONS FROM A PLANNING PERSPECTIVE
Authors: WONG LINGYI HAZEL
Keywords: Real Estate
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2010
Citation: WONG LINGYI HAZEL (2010-06-01T09:38:58Z). THE FUTURE OF SHOEBOX UNITS IN SINGAPORE : CONSIDERATIONS FROM A PLANNING PERSPECTIVE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The main objective of this dissertation is to examine the future of shoebox units, which are apartments with area under 500 sq ft, in Singapore from a planning perspective. As Singapore is a land scarce nation, the maximization of land use is crucial. With this in mind, it is useful to consider the role of smaller apartments in the planning landscape. To better understand the demand for shoebox units in Singapore, a survey was conducted with 300 respondents from the 20 to 59 age group. It was found that affordable price was the key consideration for individuals who would consider purchasing or staying in shoebox units. Conversely, it was found that the small unit size of shoebox units was the key consideration for individuals who would not consider purchasing or staying in shoebox units. The relationship between considerations for and against shoebox units and the demographics of respondents was also examined in depth. E-mail interviews were also conducted with respondents from Hong Kong, to better understand the problems of high-density living, the findings of which will be discussed subsequently. Singapore has seen good take up rates in mass market developments which comprise of smaller units, and there is potential for greater penetration of shoebox units in the Singapore market. In careful consideration of both the potential benefits and pitfalls of allowing smaller apartment sizes, it is proposed that planners introduce a minimum housing size to set a clear planning benchmark. Whilst such a measure may appear to be restrictive, it will set a clear benchmark for minimum space allowances. This will serve as a balance as Singapore moves towards a thriving cityscape where considering alternative housing options is important from a planning perspective.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/221103
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