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Title: DISCOURSE OF PUBLIC SPACE IN COLONIAL SINGAPORE: EXAMINING PEOPLE'S PARK
Authors: SAMANTHA WONG
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Wong Yunn Chii
2012/2013 Aki DT
Arch
Colonial rule
Contestation
Control
Hybridity
Public space
Singapore
Issue Date: 29-Sep-2014
Citation: SAMANTHA WONG (2014-09-29). DISCOURSE OF PUBLIC SPACE IN COLONIAL SINGAPORE: EXAMINING PEOPLE'S PARK. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This research is a contribution to the study of a public space in the colonial setting of Singapore. It traces the beginnings, transformation of the People's Park (1886-1957), an area of approximately 4 hectares, located in the heart of present day Chinatown. Early efforts by the colonial government were spurred by the need to create new land in a less salubrious part of the settlement to relieve the expansion along Singapore River. With the escalation of the immigrant population in this enclave, the colonial administration developed the Park as a civic expression as well as to manage the issues of sanitation. In this regard, its connection to Hong Lim Green, vis-a-vis, through its intended users, namely the sinkehs, is vital. The users' reception was less than satisfactory despite the idyllic setting of People’s Park as civic park for recreation and as a public promenade. It illustrates the disjoint between the colonial administration’s understanding of its colonial subjects and its own perception of public space and recreation, as represented by the Esplanade and Farrer Park respectively. The requalification of People’s Park as a market place in 1922, marked another stage of provision, surveillance and control by the colonial administration. Finally, its demise as a public space after Independence came on the heels of the nation's strategy of urban development & wealth creation.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222156
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