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Title: ALLEGORY OF SACRED SPACE: EXPLORING THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE SACRED AND THE SECULAR
Authors: CHUA GUO-RONG ALEX CHRISTOPHER
Keywords: Architecture
Master (Architecture)
Thesis (Architecture)
Design Track
DT
2016/2017 Aki DT
RICHARD HO
Issue Date: 4-Dec-2017
Citation: CHUA GUO-RONG ALEX CHRISTOPHER (2017-12-04). ALLEGORY OF SACRED SPACE: EXPLORING THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE SACRED AND THE SECULAR. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: My thesis is on the Allegory of Sacred Space and the integration of delinquent social housing in Singapore. There are two main issues that this thesis tries to tackle, the 􀃀rst being the contestation of secular and sacred space. In Singapore 􀂲 a multi-religious society-, there is always potential for con􀃁icts to arise. In the book Religion and Space, the writer posits this to the lack of integration and a degree of exclusivity of sacred spaces. This then begs the question, what can be integrated with a sacred space? Looking at the many options and reading into the Models of the Church, the research and statistics reveal the social help scene in Singapore as one of the direst and pressing issues that our society faces today, especially the delinquent care services. There are presently 22 different children and young person homes in our country; however, these numbers are inadequate for the needs of Singapore. These graphs display the latest numbers of at risk youth arrested in the past 8 years and the following one the corresponding numbers cared for by the Singapore boys and girls homes. Given that there are varying degrees of crimes and not all youth that were arrested required a stay in the social home, there is still a huge discrepancy in the numbers. Discussions and interviews with the boy’s town organisation supported this sentiment and analysis of the current designs of the housing also left much to be desired. As such, this thesis is an attempt to integrate both these interests and provide a new typology for future religious projects, while helping to alleviate the social home crunch.
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