Reclaim Land: The Fight for Space in Singapore


“This lack of physical space is why the state justifies such a tight control over how land is used. But it is not so much the physical size that limits this city but rather the looming shadow of the state that clouds it. But in the everyday life, one finds pockets of resistance: a street barber, a kampung community and a crew of skateboarders. These are some of the ordinary people in our stories who through their daily actions re-imagine a new geography of Singapore, one of their own, one that gives birth to the question: Whose city is it anyway?”– From the Reclaim Land About Section.

Reclaim Land started out as a final-year project by four journalism students — Justin Zhuang, Wong Shu Yun, Sam Kang Li and Serene Cheong — from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in August 2008.

On their website, you will find stories about ordinary people who have created their own places despite living in the city-state of Singapore. A multiple-exposure series shows how the city is reclaimed through time, and you can go in-depth with academics and experts on ways to look at the city and learn how to make Singapore more livable and lovable.



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