Christina Ting Rethinking Residential Public Spaces in Singapore. How can social interaction within the community be enhanced through landscape interventions in and around void decks in Singaporeâ€™s urban residential estates?
abstract Singapore is densely populated, thus majority of its residents live in public residential estates where landscape is typified by â€œvoid decksâ€?a local term used to describe the permeable ground floor of apartment blocks. Although initially planned to promote social cohesion within different demographics, the concept of void deck has not met its intended success. My research intent is to enhance community spirit in the public realm through a mixture of permanent and temporal landscapes. Majority of current development in the commercial district, such as the Integrated Resorts, are catered to the tourist and retail sectors; town centres in the residential neighbourhood are similarly focused on retail and commercial activities. There insufficient commercialised recreation spaces available to the public. Working with the existing conditions within the ground plane, the project is about designing for the residents living in the community, encouraging new possibilities to enhance the essence of the place while still allowing for existing social and cultural events to occur. Approaching design using different scales and techniques, the exploration of temporal visual studies and precedents informs the designs and form that are adaptable and constantly changing. The design aims to break out of the recurring concrete environment of the void deck and blend the boundaries within the public realm, while increasing social interaction in the community living within the housing estates.