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  1. Singapore Field Trip Public Space in Bukit Merah and Woodlands P2 Liza Twelker Hugo Kuiper Kevin Boers

  2. Our Presentation • Research theme • Research question, subquestions, Research Method and Hypothesis • Research areas • Results • Key differences and similarities • Conclusion

  3. Research Focus • Quality of public space • Facilities • Transport systems • Town councils

  4. Precincts/ Neighbourhoods • Different levels of living areas in Singapore • City, NewTown, Neighbourhood, Precincts, Block (Han, 2005) • Precincts and Neighbourhood • Near the city centre • Far from the city centre • Both in the east of their Newtown • Both near a MRT • Both near a park and school

  5. Research Question To what extend does the HDB bring Singapore more equality on the quality of public space?

  6. SUbquestions • What is the quality and quantity of the facilities near the area? • What is the quality and quantity of the parks and recreation near the area? • How are the flats and the public space maintained in the area?

  7. Research method • Multiple case study (Bryman, 2008) • Descriptively • Criteria: • quantity and quality of facilities • quantity and quality of parks and recreation • maintenance of public space and flats • Observations • Interviews

  8. Hypothesis • We think that the area close to the city centre will have a better quality of public space than an area from the outskirts of the city. • Close to the city centre: • More Facilities • Better Transport accessibility • Flats and public spaces better maintained • Far away from city centre: • Bigger Parks • Less Crowded • People visit the City Centre less

  9. Public space: all areas that are open and accessible to all members of the public in a society, in principle though not necessarily in practice’ (Orum and Neal, 2010: p. 1)

  10. Source: Wikipedia

  11. Bukit Ho Swee • Bukit Merah • Near the city-centre • MRT-station: TiongBahru • 1961  Big fire

  12. Admiralty garden • Woodlands • Far from the citycentre, a kind of sub-urb • MRT station: Admiralty

  13. Green andRecreation in Bukit Ho Swee • TiongBahru park • Green • Pond • Playing ground • Well maintained • Well used for Recreation • Public housing flats • Trees • Playing grounds • Fitness services

  14. Green andRecreation in Admiralty Garden • Long but narrow • Courtyard feeling • Resting place • Well maintained • Grass • Trees • Playgrounds • Fitness services • People tended to use other parks for recreation

  15. Facilities in Bukit Ho Swee • Shops bars and barbers on ground level flats • Private School, Public schools further away • Shopping mall of TiongBahru • Foodcenter

  16. Facilities in Admiralty Garden • Shopping mall Admiralty • Small • Overcrowded • Public schools • Primary and Secondary • Bicycle parking places • Parking lots

  17. Transport andRoads in Bukit Ho Swee • MRT Station TiongBahru • People travel by MRT to city centre • City centre only 4 stops away by MRT • A lot of roads and Expressway near. • Good Transport system • Several Bus stations with direct lines to City centre

  18. Transport androads In Admiralty Garden • MRT station Admiralty • Woodlands Ring road • Several Bus stations • People travel by bus and MRT • Bikes to go to MRT Station • Woodlands 1 stop away • Not many go often to Singapore centre

  19. DifferencesandSimilarities • Similarities • Well maintained parks and recreation facilities • Good access to Transport system • Schools • Positive opinion of residents of the parks and transport system accessibility • Differences • Park in Bukit Ho Swee is larger and separated from the public housing flats • Park in Admiralty Garden has a courtyard feeling, surrounded by public housing flats • Bukit Ho Swee has more facilities, a larger shopping mall and shops inside the flats • Admiralty people do not work and visit centre of Singapore often, Woodlands • Bukit Ho swee people visit Singapore centre often

  20. Conclusion • The area close to the city centre and the area on the outskirts of the city are roughly equal on the quality of Public Space. • Only the Facilities are considerably less in Admiralty Garden, green is slightly different • Close to the city centre: • More Facilities, true • Better Transport accessibility, false equal • Flats and public spaces better maintained, false equal • Far away from city centre: • Bigger Parks, false • Less Crowded, true • People visit the city centre less, true

  21. Questions?