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Title: CONSERVING THE CHARACTER AND IDENTITY OF SHOPHOUSES
Authors: GOH ZHIQING GWENDOLYN
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
Goh Bee Hua
2011/2012 PFM
PFM
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2012
Citation: GOH ZHIQING GWENDOLYN (2012-06-25). CONSERVING THE CHARACTER AND IDENTITY OF SHOPHOUSES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Conservation in Singapore is spearheaded by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) who is Singapore’s land planning authority. Due to the rapid urban advancement in Singapore, many heritage buildings have been demolished to make way for new developments. With recognition of the importance of heritage, comes with the important decision on which areas deserve to be conserved and what can be demolished to make way for new developments. However, it is still possible for conserved buildings to be integrated alongside with new developments. It is vital to balance between sectors of a public that highly value conservation, as well as owners who have a certain right over their building. In addition, conservation should aim to retain the identity of a whole area where the character resides in more than individual buildings. As the awareness level of conservation varies in different areas, this leads to different employment of government intervention measures. Although, conservation is generally acknowledged by the majority as beneficial and the industry is optimistic about the prospect of conservation, it is a long term effort. It requires public-private-people collaboration with collective shared responsibility and conservation of a certain area needs time for it to establish its foundation and to mature. As government intervention directly or indirectly affects various stakeholders, it is important to seek the views of people who are affected. Furthermore, in order to make conservation a success, the government has a crucial role to play to lead the notion for urban conservation. In this dissertation, an extensive literature review was done to review the critical points of important key elements of conservation and the suitability of certain government intervention measures. The objective of the study is to determine the extent of success of conservation in two conserved areas. Various case studies were also used, namely two local examples, to understand the current issues affecting the conserved area and the ways to tackle them. In addition, surveys and interviews were conducted to determine the level of awareness of conservation, learn the effect of how key elements affects whether culture and identity is being retained in a conserved area and draw up possible government intervention measures to make conservation a success. However, due to the limited sample size of respondents and limited views from urban professionals, further future works need to be carried out for a more comprehensive study.
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