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What a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing this.

I have had my opinion about the shoe box apartments in Singapore for a long time now. I know that we don't have the space as other countries do. Our homes have become smaller because more foreigners have been invited to call this city their home. Perhaps a more systematic approach to make sure that HDB homes which are the primary homes of SINGAPOREANS to be designed with a more voluminous approach , higher ceilings and balconies etc to have fresh flowing air and more ventilation and just to get away and stand and stare at the world outside. Higher ceilings also help with the heat and as such require less air conditioning and as a result help the environment too. Lots of lessons to be learnt still from the Black and white houses.

I am mostly concerned about the psyche of people living in shoe box homes. There is no getting away from anything or anyone. One either stares at the tv or sleeps in a bed. Doesn't help at all that local politicians further claim that one does not need more space even to procreate. How did we go so wrong and how did we become so disengaged with our people and climate? Did we not learn from the past at all?

As a designer, we often try and educate our clients that not all new is good. Not all trendy is sustainable. We love pass me downs from our family as it brings meaning to our lives and further bonds us to who we are and where we come from.

I am strong supporter of roof top gardens. Perhaps these spaces could be used to grow food too , beyond just aesthetic landscaping. We need to plant more fruit trees as part of our landscaping so that we attract birds.

We hope that more designers and architects think of sustainable design and think of the carbon footprint.

https://www.sadecor.co.za/interior-design-blog/designers-decorators-and-architects/spotlight-meet-the-sugarbakers-team/?fbclid=IwAR0UE2G_AeyfyqJHtmfbySYCtgTO0uBVtimZGvfJNBhrpUuhNsAMgztQR-8

   
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