Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Limin Hee
    Pages 1-22
  3. Limin Hee
    Pages 59-159
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 213-222

About this book


This book presents possible alternatives and interpretations to the well established notion in the mostly western discourse on public space. The discourse on public space as understood in the democratic-rationalist tradition, when applied to the Singaporean public space, would offer much criticism but would not be adequate in identifying alternative processes that allow for transformative potentials in public space. Thus said, the objectives of this book are: 1. To develop a conceptual frame of reference to construct the discourse on Singapore public space 2. To form a preliminary model of Singapore public space through analyzing case studies 3. To understand the modes, methods of production and representation of these public spaces within the rapidly changing urban context 4. To situate these constructions of public space and its possible trajectories within the larger discourse on public space, and to examine the viability of such a construction and interpretive model of public space


High density cities Liveable cities Singapore's public spaces Singaporean life Spacial practices Sustainable cities Urban systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Liveable CitiesSingaporeSingapore

About the authors

Dr. Limin Hee is Director of Research at Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), a knowledge nexus and knowledge centre for liveable and sustainable cities, where she has oversight of research strategies, initiatives and collaborations. At the CLC, she has helped to oversee the Urban Systems Studies series, which delve deep into the transformation of Singapore in the last 50 years. She is the project leader for collaborative research projects including those with the Urban Land Institute, “Creating Healthy Cities through Active Mobility,” and “10 Principles for Liveable High Density Cities,” as well as the multi-agency collaboration on “Re-Imagining Tampines.” Prior to joining the CLC, she taught at the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore, where she was a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities, as well as being jointly appointed at the Asia Research Institute. Her research is focused on sustainability and its agenda for architecture, urbanism and public space. Hee has published widely on cities, including in international refereed journals and architectural reviews, and her recent book on Future Asian Space (NUS Press 2012). She obtained her Doctor of Design from Harvard University, her Master of Arts (Architecture) as well as her professional degree in Architecture from the National University of Singapore.

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