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Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Davisi Boontharm
Street culture
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2010
Citation: CHAN FONG SHENG (2010-06-02T08:17:21Z). LIVING STREET. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In the past, majority of the influx of immigrants were cramped into shophouses. Congested living conditions within the upper storey of the shophouses led to the streets functioning as an extension of the living room. The streets not only operate as a thoroughfare but also as a commercial network of shops and street peddlers. The multitude of street functions from the extant conditions gave rise to the spontaneity and vibrancy. As the city evolved, these conditions became irrelevant, and the former street culture slowly disappeared. The site chosen is in the heartlands of Yio Chu Kang where there is a lack of commercial shops and pedestrian linkages are limited to sheltered walkways and void decks where there are no activities. There is a lack of energy as residents are conditioned to be more homebound than streetbound. This thesis attempts to bring back old street culture qualities through a new typology of Pedestrian Street within the heartlands of Singapore. This street will function as a linkage from the MRT station (main source of human flow) through to the market/ food centre (commercial node). It provides opportunities for the residents to engage in activities ranging from commercial to recreational to everyday living, recreating chances for heartlanders to revive and perhaps strengthen the mutual rapport that was once integral to communal living.
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