chapter  8
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Nostalgia for the kampung

Here in Singapore, there is to be no respite for the government as its ideological work continues. However, the site has shifted from the materiality of housing to the imaginary of 'community'. The desire to escape from the squalor of overcongestion and an unhygienic living environment has been realized by universal public housing. But desire realized is also a desire forgotten and replaced by another. This time, ironically, it is a desire to return to the razed but not erased habitat of old, the 'village'.