The problem of public space: Singapore as case study Posted on July 28, 2016 (January 16, 2019) by webmaster Years2019 2018 2017 2016 CategoriesCity Profile Commentary Main Feature Commentary / Jul - Aug 2016 The problem of public space: Singapore as case study by Joshua Comaroff The Problem of Public Space: Singapore as Case StudybyJoshua Comaroff While many aspects of Singapore’s development have been described internationally in glowing terms, the island’s public spaces have often faced a cooler response. But putting aside subjective judgments—such as ugly and boring—are the oft-repeated broadsides against Singapore’s urbanismconvincing? Is the non-appearance of a satisfying pubic realm distinctive to this island nation? And how much of the conventional wisdom on good city form is influenced by a canon that deals mostly in Western examples? SINGAPORE AS THE ANTIPUBLICThere are several recurrent themes in the criticism of Singapore’s public spaces. A common one, nowadays, is that the public realm is depleted due to lack of ownership. This is a buzzword that comes easily to the public, designers and government. Many feel that for a city to have thriving civic spaces, the citizens must have a sense that they have contributed its design agenda. In Singapore, increasingly, we see rituals of public consultation becoming integral to the planning process. There is a sense that, to love the city, it must be ours, in some way. This is, in many ways, an extremely positive conversation. But many cities—and many that seem to have the most satisfying public spaces—are not owned by us, in any sense. To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues for free! Previously Published Commentary Commentary / 3rd Quarter 2019 Putting Wellness at the Heart of Building Design Commentary3rd Quarter 2019 Putting Wellness at the Heart of Building Design Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 Rural-Urban Dichotomy: Dhaka Commentary1st Quarter 2019 Rural-Urban Dichotomy: Dhaka Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 China & India Commentary1st Quarter 2019 China & India Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 The Digital Bridge Commentary1st Quarter 2019 The Digital Bridge Commentary / Sep - Oct 2018 Functionality, quality, quantity: an overview of public housing in Hong Kong CommentarySep - Oct 2018 Functionality, quality, quantity: an overview of public housing in Hong Kong Commentary / Sep - Oct 2018 Private vs state housing: a review from Hanoi CommentarySep - Oct 2018 Private vs state housing: a review from Hanoi Commentary / Jul - Aug 2018 Urban greening and architectural form: A Bird’s Eye View CommentaryJul - Aug 2018 Urban greening and architectural form: A Bird’s Eye View Commentary / Jan - Feb 2018 The carbon question: What companies can do CommentaryJan - Feb 2018 The carbon question: What companies can do Contact us at http://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.