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Title: KILLED BY SAFETY : A STUDY OF PLAYGROUNDS IN SINGAPORE'S PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES
Authors: FAN JIAYING
Keywords: Architecture
Wong Yunn Chii
Community
Exploration
Public Housing, Singapore
Issue Date: 24-Oct-2009
Citation: FAN JIAYING (2009-10-24T04:10:55Z). KILLED BY SAFETY : A STUDY OF PLAYGROUNDS IN SINGAPORE'S PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation began with an exploratory, playful visit to playgrounds in Toa Payoh. Unexpectedly, this revealed that playgrounds, ubiquitous in the New Town, not only appeared largely similar, but also observably remained empty for the most part of the day, and subsequent week. That this condition may not be specific to Toa Payoh raised a concern: are outdoor play spaces no longer relevant to Singapore’s public housing estates? A subsequent visit to Sengkang, one of the newest and demographically youngest New Towns in Singapore, revealed that playgrounds seemed well-used, but nevertheless failed to hold the attention of their users. The question now was: is there something wrong with the design and planning of these playgrounds? This question sparked further research into play, playgrounds, and the Singaporean context. The study revealed that most playgrounds in Singapore’s public housing estates fail to address some critical developmental needs of children, and neglect several important considerations for the community. The hypothesis is that the overemphasis on safety concerns is the main reason behind the failure of the playground. Through a study of playgrounds in Toa Payoh and Sengkang, the dissertation attempts to establish and discuss the relationship between safety considerations and its manifestation in the design solution; and to show that such a solution is manifestly incapable of addressing critical considerations for child and community development. Although safety is unarguably critical in playground design, the unequal emphasis on safety has undermined other crucial considerations for playgrounds. As such, this dissertation has been written in the hopes that the needs of children and the community, which playgrounds in public housing estates are meant to address, may be seen in a manner that is pertinent to Singapore’s present context. In contrast with the existing situation, this may reinforce the need for changes to the design of playgrounds in Singapore’s public housing estates.
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