This thesis project aims to design a more inclusive housing community that will help those on the autism spectrum to move towards being more independent, through communal support systems within smaller clusters and specific design strategy that will aid those with ASD. Communal facilities would also provide employment opportunities to adults with autism, empowering them with skill sets needed to become more independent.
The project serves as a starting point to designing more inclusive communities within our heartlands, providing a safe and supportive environment for autistic adults to live, work and socialize freely and comfortably. The project also serve as a platform for the public to gain more awareness about autism.
Lingyi’s interest in the thesis topic came from her volunteer experience of working with special needs children. She wondered what will become of them when they graduate from special needs school and what the facilities and support available for adults with autism are. Her thesis is a timely one as there is much discussion about this in the media recently. It is an inspiring and commendable proposal to integrate adults with autism into our public housing, demonstrating design strategies from micro to macroscale that build community and applicable for both autistic adults and everyone else.
- Assoc. Prof. Tan Beng Kiang (Dr.)