The ‘Void' Is Not Empty: Space, Culture and Materiality at Singapore's Void Deck
The fieldwork was undertaken in Singapore and a spectrum of residential estates was chosen as sites for primary research. Primary research methods such as interviews and participant observation, coupled with literature review were used. These were supplemented with personal involvement in activities organized within the void deck – such as weddings, religious ceremonies and grassroots events.
Through the exploration of discourses involving the physical as well as ideological understanding of the void deck, this thesis contradicts the apparent ‘void-ness’ of the space – suggesting a paradoxical relationship between the ‘void’ and its adapted uses. Therefore, there are implicit connotations within the ostensible explicit ‘emptiness’ of the void deck, alluding to wider social, political and cultural phenomenon.