Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Singapore's public housing model has long been hailed a quantitative and qualitative success. It has imbued in Singaporeans a way of lifethat exemplifies healthful living within high-rise and high-density urban environments. This housing model owes much of its successes as a design exemplar to the provision of open spaces within the housing estates. However, it was only 50 years ago that Singapore was characterised as a "chaotic and unwieldy megapolis" due to its lack of open spaces within the city. So how and when did all those modern open-space planning begin in Singapore's residential landscape? A talk byArchitect Wai Fong Lee would look into the way open spaces had been designed inTiong Bahru estate and how Tiong Bahru estate has arguably formed awatershed period in the evolution of open-space planning in Singapore's residential landscape.

Get to know more about how Tiong Bahru contributed to the evolution of Singapore's Public Housing program on June 30, 730pm at the White Canvas Gallery. It will follow the opening reception of the Tiong Bahru Sketches: Outside-In Exhibit. The artwork above is by Don Low, one of the artists being featured in the exhibit. See you there!

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