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Title: TRANSIENCY & LIMINALITY: A COEXISTENCE APPROACH TO RETHINKING FOREIGN WORKER DORMITORIES IN SINGAPORE
Authors: WONG CHI KHAY
Keywords: 2020-2021
Architecture
Master's
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
Tan Beng Kiang
Design Thesis
Design Track
DT
Issue Date: 8-Jul-2021
Citation: WONG CHI KHAY (2021-07-08). TRANSIENCY & LIMINALITY: A COEXISTENCE APPROACH TO RETHINKING FOREIGN WORKER DORMITORIES IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the thesis would like to push for a re-conceptualisation of foreign worker housing beyond the adoption of new pandemic resilient standards. The workers’ appalling living conditions were symptoms of deeper structural problems concerning Singapore’s immigration model that fuels economic exploitation. The construction of foreign worker infrastructures in far-flung locations also furthers a legacy of segregation that recreates the workers’ lowly societal status. Therefore, the thesis seeks to decentralise foreign worker housing into local neighbourhoods through a nomadic dormitory model. These heartland dormitories would temporarily occupy vacant lands that are waiting to be developed and relocate after 5 years. Besides being a worker dormitory, they are equipped with a wide range of programmatic attractors to build engagement with the local residents. Through a coexistence approach, the thesis aims to normalise the presence of foreign workers within Singapore’s society. It hopes to facilitate tolerance, understanding, and a more informed citizenry that would further public discourses towards a more balanced relationship with foreign labour.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222941
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