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The Space Issue

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The Space Issue

Syafiq Rafid

I don't know if we think enough about the spaces we inhabit. We leave things behind in places we have been. We create entirely new spaces every time we enter a room (new or old) at any given time. A space is something we actively create, destroy and recreate without a choice. That said, a space would also change independent of our actions. Time passes and thus our spaces age and turn, with and at the same time free from us. I fear I have brought the conversation to a form of obscene abstraction. Let me try to explain what I mean in more concrete terms.

A few weeks ago (or a month or two, memory often fails me), I managed to see the National football team go up against our eternal rivals across the causeway. I admit I am not a consistent fan of local football (or rather sports in general) but I do occasionally enjoy these spectacles.

Entering the new National Stadium (nowadays called the Sports Hub) I had a very vague sense of both nostalgia and newness. Recently opened in mid 2014, the new stadium was a monster compared to its predecessor. I tried to recall the old Kallang Stadium. The concrete pillars, the rows and rows of wooden benches. Now the stadium had plastic seats with backs for you to lean on. On the whole, it felt very much sturdier. For one, you couldn't feel the Kallang wave as much as you did in the old stadium where the reverberations from the crowds all stamping their feet together literally made the place shake.

Perhaps it was because, now older, I was less in tune with the vibrations of the seats and more preoccupied with the match at hand (Singapore lost). Nonetheless, the Kallang Roar was still there, though not as loud as I remembered, and I left the stadium with a scarf that said in words so bold “IN KALLANG WE TRUST.”

Places, or rather spaces change, independently from us and yet also because of us and our perceptions. We need to constantly assess the world around us lest we lose our grips with our own spaces where our identities dwell. All of the features for this issue deal with space. Whether it is creating a space for people to gather and find themselves, a space to be creative both internally and physically, or even just about transforming the world around. Once again, gentle reader; we invite you to explore these carefully curated features (spaces), to perhaps set you thinking or set you off on your own journeys 

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