De-marginalised Dwelling

The topic of this project is about the marginalised community in Singapore. Marginalised means being neglected by society and feel powerless. There are different types of a marginalised community and the project will be focusing on the underprivileged people in relation to Singapore’s poverty. The site will be at Jalan Kukoh, comprising rental flats and also one of the poorest neighbourhood in Singapore.

Singapore is a first-world country and has been highly recognised and valued for its wealth. However, there is a side that often remains hidden, which is poverty. Poverty such as income inequality has been a worrying problem in Singapore for many years. Although Singapore may be a wealthy country, however, there are still so many underprivileged people in society. Even with the government policies to help the poor, their wellbeing is often neglected. So how do we help this marginalised community with their wellbeing?

Project Scale

The project is split into three parts: ‘A Taste of Community’, ‘Recycling Community’, ‘The Micro Community’. The project started with a larger scale of a communal kitchen, followed by the public space installation of a medium scale. Lastly, going into a smaller scale by looking into the individual units.

Project Map

This is an overview of the project split into 3 parts that are all happening at the same site, Jalan Kukoh. The project started by discovering this small neighbourhood that was called a slum by many. Many issues that were hidden for a long time were raised through all the site observations and conversations with the community. The frustration of realising how neglected and how bad the community are living had led the project to design something that will improve the lives of the community. The project started from a larger scale of designing a communal kitchen for the community that loves to cook and their close bond with one another. Followed by a medium scale public space installation hoping to bring joy and a different resting experience for the neighbourhood. The project then wrapped up with designing the individual units which are of a smaller scale. Seeing the poor living condition of their homes was what led to the final decision of coming up with a mixed neighbours plan and designing the individual units. To conclude, the project ‘De-marginalised Community’ was an exploration of ways to enhance the neighbourhood’s quality of life.