Tay Hao Yang Mark

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Intertwining concerns of the waning hawker trade key to Singaporean culture and an ageing population that lack places to develop a sense of purpose, this project works through a series of careful observational studies and interviews on Redhill Food Centre to propose a simple chair as a catalyst for empowerment of Singaporean elderly in the hawker centre.

By consideration of the chair as a structure, a form of storytelling, and an inhabitable space, the elderly are given the medium through which they can exercise agency, contribute to their neighbourhood and build communities that can support them as they age.