CITY AS A FLAT


 

Singapore planning has produced a unique urban condition: The whole territory can be understood like a traditional apartment floor plan. The area is either segmented into seperate rooms (urban interiors of certain categories) - or it belongs to linear corridor space. Like a conventional apartment, rooms are rarely interconnected directly. Commuting has to go through the corridor space, which is optimized towards fast and safe travel. The only way from the study room to the bed room leads through the corridor.

What presents itself in Singapore seems to be the ultimate implementation of the idea of specialized urban spaces - to the degree that they become actual urban interiors. The only exemption in Singapore is the city center with Rochor and adjecent areas with its open street grid. As a consequence, 

 

The public realm has been streamlined into infrastructure corridors, made to ensure fast, save and optimized travel.