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Title: THE IMPACT OF WATERFRONT PARKS ON SENSE OF PLACE IN HDB ESTATES
Authors: ONG JEW EE
Keywords: Real Estate
RE
Wong Khei Mie Grace
2012/2013 RE
HDB estates
Place attachment
Place identity
Place satisfaction
Sense of place
Waterfront parks
Issue Date: 23-Apr-2013
Citation: ONG JEW EE (2013-04-23). THE IMPACT OF WATERFRONT PARKS ON SENSE OF PLACE IN HDB ESTATES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In an aim to transform Singapore’s heartland living into a world-class experience, waterfront parks are increasingly added into HDB estates. Given its aesthetical features and function as spaces for recreation and communal bonding, sense of place is envisioned to be strengthened. However, while waterfront parks seem to be effective planning elements that could evoke a sense of place, the exact perceptions towards them are unclear. Hence, this paper seeks to discuss and analyse the role of waterfront parks in contributing to sense of place in HDB estates, specifically to examine its effectiveness and the areas of sense of place which they have created an impact on. This research is conducted through 363 surveys in four HDB estates to find out their perceptions towards waterfront parks and their level of usage. The results indicated that waterfront parks have created a significant impact on sense of place, particularly in evoking a sense of identity through its uniqueness, prominence and distinctiveness. Hence, waterfront parks are seen as effective as “public symbols”. The overall sense of attachment and satisfaction are strong, although the sense of attachment developed through social bonding is observed to be lacking and satisfaction on certain areas of the waterfront park could still be improved. Thus, waterfront parks as “fields of care” are not very evident. Nonetheless, given an optimistic proportion of respondents who could identify with, are attached to and satisfied with the waterfront parks, it could be concluded that HDB’s goal to define sense of place via them has been successful. While waterfront parks could be seen as effective planning element capable of nurturing a sense of place, there are still areas of improvement to strengthen and enhance the place. This includes fostering a stronger sense of belonging by organizing more social activities to encourage social bonding, paying attention to the upkeep and maintenance of the environment and the water quality, providing more water recreational activities and creating further points of distinction and differentiation.
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