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Title: COLLECTIVE LIVING: AN IN-DEPTH STUDY AND ANALYSIS OF COLLECTIVE LIVING MODELS IN TOKYO, JAPAN
Authors: TAN DING HUA JUDITH
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Tomohisa Miyauchi
2015/2016 Aki DT
Issue Date: 15-Dec-2015
Citation: TAN DING HUA JUDITH (2015-12-15). COLLECTIVE LIVING: AN IN-DEPTH STUDY AND ANALYSIS OF COLLECTIVE LIVING MODELS IN TOKYO, JAPAN. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The inspiration for this dissertation came about as a reflection of the state of housing in Singapore today. It prompted the author to step back, look at housing from a wider perspective, and eventually come to the realization that the typology of houses in Singapore lacked variation and could be better explored to meet the changing needs of the population. More importantly, the author realizes the gap between the needs of a modern urbanized person and his/her living environment. As we humans continue in our advent of urbanization, the notion of sharing has become an increasingly pertinent concept; especially in housing where there is an increasing need for people to share facilities such as parking, life core and lobby and other common spaces. Hence, this necessitates the development of a new type of community or communal activities. This paper is an exploratory research of the concept of collective living as an alternative housing lifestyle choice in Singapore. In particular, by analysing relevant models from Tokyo, Japan, this paper strives to delve into the interrelationship between architectural design and the human behaviour – to investigate and test the hypothesis that the built environment, when purposefully designed and arranged can have a positive influence on the social well-being of the occupants, to encourage them to engage in social interactions and exchanges amongst one another and foster a strong sense of belonging to the community. The methodology is separated in two aspects: using person trip as the main method for spatial analysis, and conducting surveys and interviews for the qualitative aspect. In particular, research findings reveals that the presence of greenery, well-designed interiors and generous allocation of floor area in the common shared spaces serve as strong modes of motivation and facilitators of social interaction. The main objective of this paper is not to compare housing models between Tokyo and Singapore, but rather to study, analyze and learn from the selected cases. This dissertation hopes to serve as an in-depth background study for future endeavours in this area/topic.
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