Exploring Community Space in Ageing Neighbourhoods (Siglap)

AMK Senior Corner

No two communities and their social dynamics are the same. Creating a communal space that facilitates community bonding and socialisation requires an accurate understanding of the needs of the various stakeholders involved. Basic needs can be easily articulated by the users whereas aspirational needs are more difficult to articulate or uncover. This requires a process of building trust through user engagement, to uncover users’ latent needs. The process of user engagement and positive inquiry allows the research team to assist the users in identifying and articulating these needs, and leverage on positive aspects of the existing environment to create a conducive communal environment. This process also allows for a better design and the prototyping of the designs, to ensure that it accurately captures the needs of the users.

In addition to gathering feedback from the members' residents’ committee, the  research and design team led by Asst Prof Mark Teo (Design and Specialised Businesses) and Senior Lecturer Corrine Hoo (Health and Social Sciences) appointed to design a seniors’ corner and communal space in Siglap recorded their observations of user behaviour around the proposed site. Observations were carried out throughout the day understanding the user profiles, activities and their timing. A study of the physical environment of and around the site would allow the team insights into the potential gathering spots and opportunities adjacent to the site that would augment the design.  

Design of a Seniors’ Corner in Ang Mo Kio completed by the project team
Design of a Seniors’ Corner in Ang Mo Kio completed by the project team

The proposed design should cater to activities for different user groups at different times of the day for both formal gatherings and planned activities as well as for informal gatherings that occur throughout the day. The project team would also explore creating a community garden to benefit the residents.