IDEO Designer Proud of Shophouse Office in Singapore, Curious About Adaptable Use (via TownhouseCenter.org)

The Asian shophouse is an urban model that was common here in the Victorian era and a common feature of most colonial small towns , it is once again found in our informal settlements, albeit in a different form, it is once again a key element in the creation of mixed use urban environments, but in most current zoning and planning laws is not legal – it is interesting that it should be afeature of the highly contrived Singapore landscape – we saw many of them being “gentrified” in the middle eighties when we were there and its was sad how the local interesting ethnic environments were being “sanitized”…

IDEO Designer Proud of Shophouse Office in Singapore, Curious About Adaptable Use From the Curiosity Chronicles writer Paul Bennett: "I’m sitting in one right now writing this, so it seems to make sense that today we take a look at an Asian architectural curiosity, the shophouse.  A shophouse is a vernacular architectural building type that is commonly seen in many parts of urban Southeast Asia.  Typically, shophouses consist of shops on the ground floor which open up to a public arcade or 'five-foot way', and which have resid … Read More

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