Dakota Crescent - Conservation Conversation


By Dakota Adventures and Save Dakota Crescent, in collaboration with Diploma in Environment Design, Temasek Polytechnic

What is the big deal about Dakota Crescent? What could be her fate and who decides? Are problems that resettled residents face settled? Conservation Conversation sets the stage for fresh dialogue on these fundamental issues of conservation and resettlement in Dakota Crescent, and perhaps for the rest of Singapore.


2.30-2.50pm: Architectural Heritage

Some refer to Dakota Crescent as a curious retro estate with the famous HDB-designed dove playground. But how many of us understand its rich history beyond the lens of nostalgia? Jonathan Poh, architect and founder of the “Save Dakota Crescent” initiative will bring you through this journey into Dakota Crescent’s past and its significance as a pioneer in Singapore’s housing scapes.

(The friendly residents who were so generous in sharing their world with visitors)

2.50- 3.10pm: Living Heritage

Countless platforms have been created on mainstream media to showcase the memories of past and present residents in response to the announcement of Dakota Crescent’s development. But as one delves deeper, there are other social impacts and issues that are usually glossed over and seldom talked about. Cai Yinzhou, founder of Geylang and Dakota Adventures has currently teamed up with a group of like-minded individuals to study the impact of resettlement on affected residents and has in the process unearthed meaningful stories and anecdotes, which will be shared during this session.

3.10-3.40pm: Presentation by Temasek Polytechnic School of Design, Diploma in Environment Design students

As part of an academic project, final year students from the Diploma in Environment Design, School of Design, Temasek Polytechnic attempt to re-imagine Dakota Crescent’s distinctive environment. Drawing from our memories of an era past, the design proposals give a glimpse of the aspirations that fester from within their youthful minds – a look at our past, a hope for our collective future.

(Photo: Students from TP's School of Design, Diploma in Environment Design, presenting site analysis on Dakota Crescent)

3.40-4.00pm: Q&A

Complimentary session, Registration encouraged

(All photos courtesy of Dakota Adventures | https://www.facebook.com/Dakotaadventure/)

An event of Archifest 2016:

Archifest is an annual public festival for Singapore to celebrate architecture and the built environment, is organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, in partnership with Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects. 2016 sees the festival celebrating its 10thanniversary, which will be held from 23 September to 9 October 2016, at Raffles Place Park. The 2016 theme is titled “EXHALE”. Visit www.archifest.sg for more events.

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  • The event description was updated. Diff 2016-09-07 06:32:46
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Sat Oct 8, 2016
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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5 Raffles Place, Singapore 048618 Singapore
Raffles Place Station (EW14/NS26) Take Exit A or B, towards One Raffles Place/ Clifford Centre/ Chevron House/ Raffles Place Park. We are located right between Exits A & B.
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