Development and Urbanization
Co-Authors: Hae Young Yun - Research Fellow, National University of Singapore; Zhi Wei Ho - Student, National University of Singapore
Fallov’s (2010) call to think of the neighbourhood as a third way alternative to state and market approaches to building the city will require a reconceptualization of the neighbourhood as capable of collective action. Yet this capacity cannot be taken for granted, given that we spend most of our everyday lives outside our neighbourhoods in schools and at work and that being a good neighbour requires a respect for another’s privacy. The reconceptualization which takes into account the urbanist’s practices require (a) the need to rescale the area of everyday sociability to the home area (Kearns and Parkinson) where the regularity of our everyday journeys create the potential for repeated encounters; (b) a rethink of the concept of the neighbourly relation as a casual greeting relationship which is easy to maintain in the stressful lives of urbanites; (c) the inclusion of amenities such as parks, neighbourhood shops and eating places which draw us out of our homes and (d) the inclusion of shopkeepers and other non-resident regulars who enter to the neighbourhood set of relations; (e) an extension of Bachelard’s (1958) phenomenology of the home to the immediate neighbourhood and with this, an understanding of the power of the neighbourhood to evoke desires which are shared with other residents; (f) the power of biography and place memory as a building block of place identity. Using a mixed methods approach the research team will set about testing these ideas in a new neighbourhood.