• Time: 6:00-7:00PM
  • Date: Wednesday, 11 November
  • Venue: CB123W, University Museum


As a Sino-Singapore joint project, Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) has incorporated into its own construction Singapore’s planning and spatial concepts since the beginning of its establishment, exemplified by the use of void decks in its residential buildings. This research reflects on the essential differences between SIP’s void deck and Singapore’s. It has been argued that this spatial form was only transplanted to SIP as a physical spatial form. However, due to the controversy of publicity among residents and the neglect of its social nature in the initial planning and design, it ultimately impossible for SIP’s void deck to become a social space. It proposes specific ideas and policy suggestions for the renovation of the existing void deck and the development of residential public spaces in SIP.


Jiawen Han is a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou. She is the author of China’s Architecture in a Globalizing World: Between Socialism and the Market (2018). Her multicultural experience allows her to see architecture through multiple lenses, balance what may seem like irreconcilable values and detect the potential innovations emerging from the new architectures and urban conditions in Asian cities. Her research interests range from new architecture and architects in China to community design.