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Title: CHINATOWN: A GREEN LIGHT DISTRICT THE FUTURE OF CIVIL DISCOURSE IN SINGAPORE
Other Titles: The Future of Civil Discourse in Singapore
Authors: TAN SEOW WEI
Keywords: 2020-2021
Architecture
Master's
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
Peter Sim
Design Thesis
Design Track
DT
Civil Discourse
Democracy
Dissent
Historical Sensitivity
Issue Date: 15-Jul-2021
Citation: TAN SEOW WEI (2021-07-15). CHINATOWN: A GREEN LIGHT DISTRICT THE FUTURE OF CIVIL DISCOURSE IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In light of the watershed general election of 2020, there has been expectations that Singapore will transition into a more competitive democracy. From staging protests to conducting a “trial by internet”, citizens are demonstrating an outspoken outlook which is increasingly displeased with the paternalistic mindset of the state. Yet time and again the government has in moments of doubt opted for authoritarianism over accountability. Liberal ideas of justice and democracy are often linked with chaos and instability, portraying freedom of speech as a vice that should be tightly controlled or removed. Judging from the election results, the government’s hegemonic and hierarchical instincts is quickly reaching its end of the rope and something has to give before it escalates into a full-fledged riot in the future. Taking into account the dilemma between Singapore’s historical sensitivity towards civil disobedience and the push for greater transparency and democracy, this thesis speculates how civil discourse can occupy a more permanent and legitimate place in our society in the near future. Architecture hence comes into play to mediate this uneasy position.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223948
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