The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

Rochor area's diversity attracts researchers

Data will be used for planning, and comparing urban trends in region


Researchers have started to map part of the Rochor area to analyse its urban use and identify changes in the neighbourhood.

They began the survey in June, going door to door to study the buildings and interview people who live and work in the area.

Conducted by the Future Cities Laboratory - a research centre jointly established by Singapore's National Research Foundation and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - the study will allow the researchers to compare urban trends and design in Singapore with other cities in the region, like Shanghai, Shenzhen and Bangkok.

The researchers said they chose to study Rochor because of its physical and social diversity. The area includes the historic Kampong Glam and Little India.