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Title: LITTLE INDIA SOCIAL CONDENSER: A FOREIGN WORKERS' RECREATION CENTRE
Authors: FU YINGZI
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master
Lilian Chee
2013/2014 Aki DT
Foreign workers
Little India
Public space
Recreation centre
Spatial justice
Issue Date: 25-Jul-2014
Citation: FU YINGZI (2014-07-25). LITTLE INDIA SOCIAL CONDENSER: A FOREIGN WORKERS' RECREATION CENTRE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis is a critique of Singapore’s problematic relationship with our foreign workers. While Singaporeans recognize the economic logic of having them, they are also associated with the potential threat of disorder and disrupting our social fabric. State policy is firmly committed to managing these workers as a transient and controlled phenomenon. Apart from administrative policies such as work permits, this approach is also translated spatially into urban control strategies, such as the remote locations of worker dormitories and attendant recreation centers. Nonetheless, every weekend sees the influx of 20,000 South Asian labourers into Little India, due to their cultural and ethnical affinities, thus creating a vibrant symbiotic relationship with the urban ecology. Yet it is also a site of contestation and social tensions, stemming from Singaporeans’ reluctance to recognize the ethical obligations of sharing common spaces. Thus, this thesis proposes a Little India Recreation Centre, a mega one-stop destination that is designed to cater directly to the foreign workers. In the wake of the 2013 riot, it is both politically and socially necessary to re-examine and address the needs of the workers. While the provision of collectivized recreation and welfare is not a purely altruistic gesture as it aligns with the state’s stance on control and management, it nonetheless enables the workers by allowing them to reclaim a space of their own and a sense of freedom. Thus, the centre is conceived as a city in a city, and serves as an alternative social condenser that takes Little India and reorganizes, augments and compacts its programs into a centralized vertical system, hence reflecting the bustling vibrancy of its environs.
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