Conventions of Public Spaces

Abstract

Singapore’s rapid development into a first world country has seen it being criticised for its ‘anti-public’ nature of its development. Citing the absence of participatory civic discourse to the threat of privatisation fuelled by land scarcity, it is hard for one to communicate succinctly what is lacking in Singapore’s public sphere leading to ‘boring’ spaces. There might be a lack of understanding during the design process in providing quality public spaces proven by superficial and inefficient measures. This series of projects puts to test the threshold of conventions that occurs in a rather unassuming setting; a designated study corner in Chai Chee. This journey explores various tactics that challenges the boundaries through the method of pushing and flipping and subsequently looking at the boundless dimensionality of public spaces.

Chai Chee

Rethinking what shared spaces mean to us

Placelessness

Gentrification of Singapore is leading to inauthenticity of place