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Title: CREATIVE SPRAWL @ TOA PAYOH : A LIVING COMMUNITY FOR THE CREATIVE CLASS THROUGH THE REUSE OF OBSOLETE ARCHITECTURE
Authors: YANG YONGJI ERNEST
Keywords: Architecture
Tan Teck Kiam
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Issue Date: 26-Oct-2009
Citation: YANG YONGJI ERNEST (2009-10-26T10:02:36Z). CREATIVE SPRAWL @ TOA PAYOH : A LIVING COMMUNITY FOR THE CREATIVE CLASS THROUGH THE REUSE OF OBSOLETE ARCHITECTURE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In his book “Rise of the Creative Class”, Richard Florida presents his findings on an emerging phenomenon where professionals from the Creative Class are becoming increasingly influential and important in the global climate. Richard Florida There is a fundamental shift in the way the world is economy is working and he believes that the creative class will be if not already the dominant group to take the world forward. MITA has already begun shaping Singapore as a creative hub since 2000 with their Creative Hub Vision. Citing Richard Florida as part of their decision making, they recognize the increasingly impact in the way the Arts, Design and Media group have influenced and contributed to the economy and life of Singaporeans today. Using a sprawl of 4 vacant schools in Toa Payoh Lorong 1 as the site for intervention, the thesis explores the possibility of creating a living community for the Creative Class through the reuse of obsolete architecture. Today’s interest in "green" architecture heightens our ethics on preservation as a cornerstone of sustainability. The thesis explores a perhaps undermined aspect of sustainability: "recycling wasted architecture." Rather than seeing them as obstacles, they should be viewed as potential opportunities. Together with the usage of recycled containers as the building’s extensions, one hope to give a new lease of life for architecture that has outlived its usage. Successful creative environments tend to maximize human contact. As Florida discovered, the people and environment are the two major stimuli for creativity. Interactions between creatives of different roles and perspectives but with common knowledge and interests allow cross germination and exchange of ideas. The Creative Sprawl at Toa Payoh exploits these characteristics by integrating the notions of living, working, playing, learning and caring to create a holistic environment for its occupants through the creation of interactive spaces, the duality of formal and informal spaces, the provision for useroriented spaces and the bridging of the old and the new. The once dead area at Toa Payoh becomes a vibrant living community for the Creative Class, pushing MITA’s vision of Singapore as a Creative Hub, furthering the agenda of sustainability and lastly, adding equity to the existing community of Toa Payoh.
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