IDEO Designer Proud of Shophouse Office in Singapore, Curious About Adaptable Use (via

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


Photo of the Week: Fracking (via Encountering Urbanization)

With all the hullabaloo over the threat of Fracking here in out own Karroo – this post is relevant to the controversy…

Photo of the Week: Fracking This week’s photo was taken by me at the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington D.C. on October 30, 2010. I am posting it, because earlier this month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement which offers new guidelines on h … Read More

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