In Brief

How a architecture is contributing to maintaining harmony among the diverse population of Singapore.

As part of Singapore’s social policies to ensure peace and harmony among its diverse population, most of its residential buildings have a large, empty spaces on their ground floors. Called “void decks,” these open air spaces are put to a variety of uses that help residents interact with each other. Its not surprising to see void decks host parties, makeshift childcare centers and recreational games where residents from various ethnic groups can meet and understand each others’ cultures. An excellent way to use architecture to bring people closer.

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