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Title: RE-IMAGING PLAY IN THE PUBLIC SPACE
Authors: NOOR MIZAH BTE RAHMANUDIN
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Thesis
Cho Im Sik
2010/2011 DT
Community participation
Concept of play
Public housing
Public space
Issue Date: 26-May-2011
Citation: NOOR MIZAH BTE RAHMANUDIN (2011-05-26). RE-IMAGING PLAY IN THE PUBLIC SPACE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The development and success of public housing in Singapore compel one to ask some pertinent questions about its public spaces: What is the relevance and value of public space in this present day and age and what makes a public space a real public space? The importance of public spaces in public housing has been embedded with social goals together with the new challenges of the globalised age. While play as an activity in public space is seen as holding vital roles in promoting identity, meeting the needs of children and adults alike, and promoting communal bonding, this is not manifested in Housing Development Board (HDB) estates – a result of the way these areas are conceived and planned on site. The Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) launched in August 2007 has replaced the Main Upgrading Programme as the backbone of HDB upgrading programmes. The distinguished feature of this new programme is the element of resident participation. This paper seeks to question the extent and concept of resident participation in public housing. Through a close reading and investigation of public space in one of the HDB estates in Singapore - Macpherson Estates, this paper attempts to explore further the aspect of community participation through ground-up interactions with the residents and how the notion of play can bring the community together in the physical environment. Play is a concept which highlights the potentials of everyday experience for promoting and framing active, creative and above all public behavior. The proposal is a prototype that is dealing with existing sheltered pathways and intersecting it with the notion of play. Transit spaces are some of the most commonly used in our everyday life, but they have often been neglected public space. The aim of this prototype is firstly; to use the sheltered pathways as opportunities to indulge in unplanned playful behavior and secondly; by using the sheltered pathways, it opens up the geography of play, providing a range of sites at which play is possible. All in all, the aim of this paper is to potentialise public space as a stage for urban scenario in Singapore’s public housing.
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