There is a proverbial Chinese axiom that says having a close neighbour is better than having a distant relative. This aphorism aptly captures the ongoing shift in Singapore’s contemporary residential arrangements. Traditional and multi-generational households are on the decline, as social values evolve and more young couples and unmarried singles move out of their parents’ homes. But in our high-density city-state, neighbours remain.
The landscape of local neighbourhoods has increasingly reflected the changing fabric of the nation. For instance, mature housing estates are given makeovers when needed, so that amenities cater to the needs of the majority of residents. Changes to neighbourhoods can be socially enriching for most but can also be uncomfortable for others who want familiarity or who feel that their needs are not being met.
Robust and timely research on emerging trends and changing values will provide crucial guidance to the transformation of our neighbourhoods. It will ensure that the impact from every successive wave of change is moderated with an eye to preserving Singapore’s unique multicultural composite.
This workshop, jointly organised by IPS Social Lab and the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (School of Design and Environment, NUS) will explore and examine Singapore’s hallmark policies, programmes and research aimed at enhancing the quality of life and community resilience within our neighbourhoods.
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