FORT TANJONG KATONG A Community Problem Solving Project By: Shona Tan, 412 Gracia Lee, Megan Quah, Sarah Giam, 413 Tjoa Shze Hui, 414 Tan Wei Qing, 415
AREA OF CONCERN Historical significance of Fort Tanjong Katong Recent excavation and subsequent reburial of Fort Tanjong Katong 3. Current state of Fort Tanjong Katong
45 residents surveyed, all living within 1.5 km of the fort. 64.4% of residents surveyed did not know about the fort’s existence 35.6% of residents surveyed knew about the fort. About 2/3 of the people surveyed living around the fort do not know about its existence. SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
CHALLENGES IDENTIFIED Isolated location of excavated bastion of Fort within Katong Park
CHALLENGES IDENTIFIED 2. Derelict appearance of the excavated bastion
UNDERLYING PROBLEM Given that Fort Tanjong Katong is on the verge of being disregarded, how might we publicize its existence and promote its significance through tangible means, such that this valuable historical site will be more widely-known, especially among the Katong community, and will hopefully receive continued protection in the year 2008 and beyond?
SOLUTIONS BRAINSTORMED • Collaborate with NParks, Katong CC to: • Paint mural/banner on wall on stage in Katong Park • Set up an interactive exhibit of the Fort in pavilion • Make informative mobiles hung from walkway ceiling • Design a Fort-themed playground • Organize funfair in Nov 08 with Fort-related activities • Set up a Fort-themed café
INTENDED PLAN OF ACTION • Conduct preliminary research on the Fort • Establish partnerships with relevant authorities • Promote the Fort amongst the Katong community • Evaluate effectiveness of actions taken
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 1: Preliminary Research (April – Sept ‘08) • Determined extent of problem • Conducted survey with residents in Katong area on their knowledge of Fort Tanjong Katong
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 1: Preliminary Research (April – Sept ‘08) • Conducted research on Fort Tanjong Katong’s historical background, recent news pertaining to it • Conducted site survey at Katong Park • Interviewed Ms. Ang Chiean Hong, NParks Head (Bishan-Punggol), and Mr. Oh, Manager Our group at Katong Park
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 2: Establishing Partnerships (May – Sept ‘08) • Established Partnerships with: • Mr Lim Biow Chuan, MP for Marine Parade GRC and Mountbatten CCC
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 2: Establishing Partnerships (May – Sept ‘08) • Established Partnerships with: • Dr. Widodo Johannes, Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore (Architecture Department)
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 3: Community Outreach: Obtaining Sponsorship • (Oct ‘08) • National Youth Council (NYC): Young ChangeMakers scheme
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 3: Community Outreach: Set up a Website (Sept ‘08 – Apr ‘09) • Website(http://savethefort.wordpress.com)-Reach out to wider (online) community- Chronicle project’s progress- Provide updates on any new happenings
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 3: CommunityOutreach (Sept ‘08 – Jan ‘09) • Schools Visit (link to video here) • Collaboration with: • National Heritage Board (NHB) Public Education Division, NHB
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 3: Community Outreach: Set up a Signage (Sept ‘08 – Apr ‘09) • Liaised with NParks: Proposed setting up an informative signboard at Katong Park entrance- Designed signage- Obtained approval- Contacted construction company- In process of finalising manufacturing details
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN OF ACTION • Phase 4: Evaluating Effectiveness of Actions (Nov‘08 – Apr ‘09) • School Visits/Presentations • Surveys/Feedback Forms • Merchandise/Information Booklets • Surveys/Feedback Forms • Website • Hit counter/Comments • Collaboration with Authorities
ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Comprehensive preliminary research • Concretised action plan based on external feedback and research • Explored possibility of collaboration with NHB • Presented project to Young ChangeMakers, received grant • Held outreaches at various schools • Designed and produced merchandise • Set up website • Submitted signage design to NParks • Confirmed signage design and currently in process of setting up signage at Katong Park
CHALLENGES FACED • Largely ambivalent attitude of the community towards Singapore’s heritage and a lack of support for our project • Circumstances made our project’s initial objective unfeasible • Nature of project highly dependent on liaison/ response from the authorities. Hence, project progress often slowed, beyond our control
REFLECTIONS • Focused too much on some aspects, instead of diverging our interests and increasing our chances of success • Good group dynamics • Overall, we believe we have made an impact on the community through encouraging them to learn about their heritage, and by providing them with the means to do so.
THE END Are there any questions?