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Small Spaces, Big Dreams
Chris Yap

SINGAPORE

I believe that human beings are born with an innate resistance to the changes around us. While we constantly hear about people caving in under pressure be it physical or spiritual, we don’t give in easily.

One wonders if we live to suffer? Or is suffering just a state of mind?

In land-scare Singapore, we learn to deal with limits in living spaces. One space can have a multitude of uses, simultaneously or otherwise. The void deck below the public housing blocks is both a place for the living and the dead. The bathroom can be a private sanctuary. The home is a workplace, and a workplace is often more hospitable than home.

Make space, make space. We are resistant. We can. City dwellers have little time to think. Giving in, in many cases, is just too difficult compared to living.

 
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