Cities never stand still. Singapore is no exception. This is palpably
evident in the recent disappearance of cherished spaces such as Rochor
Centre, Sungei Road Flea Market and Pearl Bank Apartments. As Janadas
Devan once aptly stated, “forgetting is the condition of Singapore.” 2
This leads one to wonder: in a cityscape where the only constant is
change, how can we foster a sense of place and belonging? How and where
do we develop social relations beyond our own homes? Are we still able
to form meaningful experiences with others as well as our surroundings?
Perhaps we could turn to creative placemaking—which champions arts,
culture and creativity as critical elements to improving the quality and
vitality of a place—as a viable solution. In particular, our artists
and arts spaces could be viewed as creative placemakers who (re)activate
our public spaces and transform them into beloved places with infinite
capacity to connect communities and grow ideas.
Read more at From Liveable to Lovable City: The Role of the Arts in Placemaking Singapore