Kien To

Kien To
Singapore University of Technology and Design · Architecture and Sustainable Design

PhD

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This paper aims to provide a brief overview on urban public space development in global context as well as in Japan with a focus on their livability aspect, and the role of public-private partnership (PPP). First, it introduces urban livability concept and trend, the role of public space as a key enabler and drive, and common types of public place....
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Along with intensifying urbanization, nature exploitation and climate change, our modern era is witnessing a rising number of disasters and their rising severity. In ASEAN region, due to climatic and geographical conditions, numbers of disasters and their risks are high. This paper introduces a sub-project of a larger one, which aims to strengthen...
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Trong vấn đề bản tồn di sản, Singapore, Nhật Bản và Việt Nam đều có một số điểm tương đồng như có các thể loại công trình lịch sử văn hóa đa dạng của nhiều thời kỳ lịch sử, đều có sự tương tác với văn hóa phương Tây mà qua đó để lại các công trình mang phong cách thuộc địa; phần nào có sự tương đồng về văn hóa, cách tư duy, quản trị xã hội mang tín...
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Traditionally, cities around the world compete globally on the basis of economic development. However, nowadays cities are progressively competing on the basis of sustainability and livability, which continue to attract considerable attention of governments, policy makers, developers, planners, academics and others. How can we achieve Sustainable a...
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English abstract: This paper discusses and demonstrates three interrelated buzzwords - public space, liveability, and participatory approach. Today, instead of economic development, cities around the world increasingly compete on the basis of liveability to attract investment, businesses and high-skilled workers. Public space can be a key drive to...
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This paper focuses on public space in the city. It reviews the discourse of urban liveability and aims to explore how public space can be a key drive to archive that. Judging various basic elements that make the city liveable-from healthy and green environments to safe, accessible and well-designed open spaces, from good public transport, connectiv...
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This paper reviews the cultural sustainability discourse and discusses how community culture, community cultural capital and the elderly play a key role in helping communities sustain themselves over time. It argues that the elderly are resources, transmitters and multipliers of culture and a key driver in promoting ‘ageing-friendly’ cities. In par...
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This paper seeks to investigate how ground-level public circulation space in Singapore public housing neighbourhoods is used by diverse user groups, towards improving their liveability. Yuhua estate is chosen as a case study. Studied circulation spaces include sheltered linkways, ground-floor corridors, foot paths, as well as parks, playgrounds, pa...
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This is the century of the city. Climate change, fossil fuel depletion, rapid urbanization and the continued escalation of energy consumption are accelerating the critical and global need for resource efficiency toward a future of low-carbon cities. To that end, new waves of development in novel urban technologies may play an important role in sust...
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This is the century of the city. Climate change, fossil fuel depletion, rapid urbanization and the continued escalation of energy consumption are accelerating the critical and global need for resource efficiency toward a future of low-carbon cities. To that end, new waves of development in novel urban technologies may play an important role in sust...
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This paper seeks to explore how identity – the key input for conservation of historically and culturally valuable housing estates in Singapore - is perceived and valued by their residents and ‘outsiders’. Tiong Bahru, the oldest housing estate which was recently gentrified by influx of new businesses and residents and transformed into a hip enclave...
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Hanoi is one of the ancient capital cities in Asia with diverse historic urban areas of rich architectural layers. Along with Asia’s drastic economic growth and intense urbanization during the last decades as well as Vietnam’s shift to Market Economy in 1986, Hanoi has transformed swiftly and often uncontrollably. The city has been caught between d...
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Among Hanoi's different housing forms, the traditional "Tube house" in Hanoi's Old Quarter (built before and in the 19th century) and the modem "Street house" (built after the Vietnamese Economic Reform in 1986 and called the "Neo tube house" in this paper) are the 2 dwelling forms that have certain similarities as well as basic differences. Yet, t...
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Hanoi is the oldest capital city in Southeast Asia. During its long urban evolution, indigenous cultural elements gradually formed up that are best found in its Old Quarter. With regard to architecture, "tube house" should be the most significant dwelling form here. Under strong urbanization and modernization processes within the last decade, many...
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To research on the Vientnamese traditional "tube house" as well as its neighborhood-Hanoi Old Quarter focusing on some new and/or unanswered aspects of 3 respective categories : (1)identity (2) transition and (3) conservation, with (4) a complete main case study that are expected to be original, pioneer and somehow innovative.
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Many architecturally valuable old buildings in the world have been downgrading or being torn down for new constructions. Among them, while public buildings are somehow concerned for conservation, pnvate houses are mostly abandoned. When these houses eventually collapse, it will be too late to preserve and difficult to restore due to lack of histori...
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Among Hanoi's different housing forms, the traditional "Tube house" in Hanoi's Old Quarter (built before and in the 19th century) and the modern "Street house" (built after the Vietnamese Economic Reform in 1986 and called the "Neo tube house" in this paper) are the 2 dwelling forms that have certain similarities as well as basic differences. Yet,...

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