Evaluating Cultural Impact: Precincts, Participation, and Placemaking:

Placemaking is a central policy theme for arts and cultural programming in Singapore. Areas such as the Civic District, Marina Bay, and Bras Basah.Bugis have together seen billion-dollar redevelopment and refurbishment efforts, resulting in new artistic styles and increased cultural participation. But there is no sustained study on how their cultural impacts have supported place-based belonging and identities. This project by the Cultural Research Centre gathers a cross-disciplinary team of experts who work, through different quantitative and qualitative methodologies, to contexualise our local arts and culture placemaking efforts, and understand them though Big Data and analytics.  This Project is Singapore’s first large-scale cultural impact evaluation of placemaking in four arts precincts—the Civic District, the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct, Gillman Barracks and Marina Bay.

This Project is presently (Feb 2019) under SSRC grant consideration.


Prof. Audrey Yue (Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore)


Prof. Jane Jacobs (Yale-NUS)

A/P Chang Jiat-Hwee (Architecture, National University of Singapore)

A/P Lilian Chee (Architecture, National University of Singapore)

A/P Bige Tuncer (Architecture and Sustainable Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design)

Asst. Prof Hoe Su Fern (Social Sciences, Singapore Management University)

Asst. Prof. Lu Weiquan (Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore)




Digital Citizenship in Asia:

How do Asia’s youths stake out spaces for their citizenships in digital public spheres? The study of digital citizenship has emerged as an important site of study in the past two decades. Youth, in particular, have emerged as key stakeholders in this field. The Digital Citizenship in Asia grant project builds on, but breaks away, from studies done on youth living in developed Western countries with more stable democrartic and civic engagements. Rather, it works out how youth in Asian societies from (among others) China, Hong Kong, India, the Phillipines, and Singapore actively participate and engage in digital citizenship. The Project bases its frameworks of inquiry from work which breaks away from normative ideas of citizenship in favour. These frameworks see the process as multidimensional and non-linear “fluid interface” which remake the idea of citizenship for a digitally deterritorialised era.

This Project is presently (Feb 2019) under grant consideration.

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