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Keywords: Architecture
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Heng Chye Kiang
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2010
Citation: CHAN FONG SHENG (2010-02-26T03:15:02Z). IMAGEABILITY OF THE STREETS OF SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Streets serves beyond the functional circulation channels of the city when in fact they are the arteries that lead to the heart of the city as expounded by Jane Jacob in her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities1, in which she mentions that the life of cities are indicated by the life of its streets. Thus streets as stage for public activities become the representation of the city. In order to comprehend the extent that representation or image of the City is shaped by its streets, beyond the physical characteristics of the public spaces, the political, social and cultural phenomenon of city life that unfolds directly or indirectly onto public space needs to be scrutinized to provide a more encompassing analysis. While Kevin Lynch in his widely popular publication The Image of the City2 highlights how the physical aspects such as paths, edges, districts, nodes and landmarks contributes to a street’s and subsequently a city’s imageability, he also did mention that there are other intangible factors as crucial that also contributes to this imageability such as “expressiveness, sensuous delight, rhythm, stimulus and choice” with respect to the space. As Victor Savage mentions in Chua Beng Huat and Norman Edwards’ book Public Space: Design use and Management, “As public spaces, streets are important structures and identities in the mental maps of both tourists and residents; street life and culture were important ingredients in the imageability of a city.”3 Thus it is in the interest of this paper to study the development of Singapore streets through history, not only in the aspects of its morphology but also bearing in mind other influences that has, and continues to shape it, such as government policies and agenda, changing market forces as well as evolving public culture. As there are many typologies of streets, this paper will focus mainly on the commercial streets. The streets in the region of Bugis Street and Pekin Street will serve as the two case studies in an attempt to reveal how the planning policies, market forces and public culture have shaped their development. It is the desire of this analysis to provide an insight into the intangible qualities of Singapore streets and its dominant contribution to its imageability, beyond the physical.
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