The thesis topic revolves around the shortcoming of public housing, its design. The fragility is exposed by the restriction imposed during Covid especially from the temporary measure bill which was implemented to restrict movement of residents urging them to remain at the confines of their homes. And this includes the WFH arrangement where most citizens are affected by it, both positively and negatively depending on their household needs and types and even their jobs. Some of the challenges people were facing were screen fatigue, burnout, social isolations and lioness, spatial constraints and even the lack of resources to work on their jobs smoothly. On the bright side, people were adapting to these challenges by picking up new habits and becoming open to a new hybrid lifestyle of working.
The thesis is about a post pandemic HDB upgrading. It takes lessons from the pandemic and translates them into action, contributing to its design, as well as its economic and social synergy. It taps on various trends and lifestyles, such as one, working from home, the uprising of the cottage industry, the increased interest in green leisure and fitness and 4 food security. In the context of Punggol, the thesis also considers the projected future where PDD is established and would create opportunities for digital nomads and students who are living off campus, tapping on the surrounding precincts for living and even work opportunities.
Furthermore, to facilitate the synergy and symbiotic relationship of the various trends and lifestyle changes, the idea here is to tap on the growth of the gig economy within the precinct. This will ultimately lead to community building as well as introducing various job opportunities.
Expanding the idea of working from home inspired this thesis. The post-pandemic scenario also provides a critical platform for thinking about job opportunities and its variety of working arrangements in a public housing realm. This thesis explores the approach of surgical insertion or parasitic addition for incrementally supporting the evolving workplace landscape in a residential neighbourhood. The value proposition in the architecture is the creation of a microcosm that provides synergistic and symbiotic potentials to the different economic players.
- Assoc. Prof. Cheah Kok Ming
Lavainya D/O Ganapathy
Lavainya D/O Ganapathy