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Title: PUBLIC SPACES FOR MULTICULTURAL CITIES: CASE STUDIES OF KALLANG RIVERSIDE PARK AND MARINA BARRAGE
Authors: CHUA YI XI
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master
Ng Wai Keen
2013/2014 Aki DT
Singapore
Kallang Riverside Park
Marina Barrage
Issue Date: 11-Nov-2013
Citation: CHUA YI XI (2013-11-11). PUBLIC SPACES FOR MULTICULTURAL CITIES: CASE STUDIES OF KALLANG RIVERSIDE PARK AND MARINA BARRAGE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In the rapidly globalising world, immigration of people and resources are transforming the urban and social fabric of cities around the globe. Societies are getting more diverse culturally as new immigrants arrive from other parts of the world, mixing with the local communities. Multiculturalism is fast becoming the issue that developed cities are facing. The drastic increase of foreign population has brought about a number of social and political issues, such as segregation, discrimination, racism and so on. In Singapore, the recently published Population White Paper from the government will see the significant increase in foreign workforce population to sustain and improve the nation's productivity. The local community have reacted negatively to the news and xenophobic sentiments have been growing. With the outlook set, there should be moves made to anticipate problems that may arise. Societies are shaped by the urban environment, influence on how people confluence and interact can have a significant result in the way societies react to the foreign. The role of public spaces in multicultural cities should not be overlooked as they can potentially play a vital role in forging a socially inclusive society. With the consumerist economy, many of the public spaces are commodified and lost its "publicness" What type of spaces can then be considered to be a conducive environment for integration, bonding or simply for the strengthening of mutual respect and understanding? The research is focused on public spaces for social integration especially in the context of multicultural cities and migrant workers. Studying Kallang Riverside Park and Marina Barrage, this paper aims to illustrate the need and the value of socially inclusive public spaces in the context of multicultural cities today.
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