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IJSSH 2020 Vol.10(3): 73-77 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2020.V10.1017

Project Kampong Lorong Buangkok — Singapore Mainland’s Last Rural Village

Intan Azura Mokhtar

Abstract—Social sustainability is an increasingly important concept in urban development and renewal. Other than looking at preserving the greenery, ecosystems, and physical environment, urban scientists are also looking at ensuring the conservation of social capitals, social cohesion and the general well-being of people involved. There is keen interest in capturing the multi-sensory experience of individuals as they interpret what they sense or recall, what they interpret of their surrounding environments, landscapes and experience, and at the same time, improve the process of harvesting, processing and disseminating this information. In addition, with increasing demand for public participation in the process of urban conservation and planning, and heritage conservation, social sustainability and sustainable urban redevelopment cannot be achieved without the involvement of communities and individuals. In Singapore, Kampong Lorong Buangkok is the last remaining village or kampong on the mainland. It has come under threat of having to make way for urban redevelopment as indicated in the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Masterplan 2014. In its place, the kampong is supposed to be replaced by a 3-lane bi-directional highway, 2 schools (primary and secondary), and a public park. There is thus a need to capture and document as much information and history about the kampong before it eventually makes way for urban redevelopment. This paper provides an overview of a planned project to capture the rich oral history accounts and heritage information about the kampong and its people before the kampong is lost to gentrification and urban redevelopment.

Index Terms—Heritage preservation, historical anthropology, oral history, personal narratives, technology-enabled documentation

Intan Azura Mokhtar is with Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore (e-mail: Intan.Mokhtar@singaporetech.edu.sg).


Cite: Intan Azura Mokhtar, "Project Kampong Lorong Buangkok — Singapore Mainland’s Last Rural Village," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 73-77, 2020.

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