“shifting grounds – rethinking the residential public spaces in singapore”. The project focused on enhancing social interaction within the community through landscape interventions in and around void decks in Singapore’s urban residential estates.
Singapore is densely populated, thus majority of its residents live in public residential estates where the landscape is typified by “void decks”. 90% Of Singapore’s population live in public housing, which in singapore is referred to as mass housing. This is in contrast to Melbourne, where only 10% of the population live in public housing.
During times of low flow the central area becomes an active recreation area
Grounded Structuration investigates a process for amplifying the potential relationship between the design of the public realm and the politics of community. The design explores how site specific meaning and meaningful experiences can be associated with the retrofitting of infrastructure in New Orleans’ St. Roch community. St. Roch is named after the patron Saint of Good Health, memorializing the community’s auspicious beginning. Ironically, a fragmented drainage network, contaminated soils and blighted properties now threaten the vitality of the once thriving community. Reimagining the community from the ground up is an opportunity to reinvigorate the health of St. Roch.
Context: From the scale of the Mississippi Delta region to a block in St. Roch.
Helen Allen recently submitted her masters thesis to the University of Greenwich. The thesis creates a masterplan concept that proposes to stitch Brentford together and create a heart to the town centre using water as the thread.
Brentford is located on the north side of the River Thames from Kew Botanic Gardens in west London. The site dates back to Roman occupation and has a long industrial heritage being formerly occupied by a brewery, gas works, soap works, railways goods yards and is located at the end of the Grand Union Canal to the Midlands. The area has a unique character with the canal and river activities and although much of it is neglected and fragmented the area still retains significant elements of its dockland and industrial heritage.