A Park Over a Lake? Welcome to the Future of Asia's Public Spaces

The number of public spaces across Asia are shrinking rapidly due to the increasing rate of urbanization that brings with it highways and department stores instead of traditional spacious areas. A combination of grassroots efforts and government projects are addressing this. In Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, container markets— similar to night stalls — pop up in concentrated areas. In Singapore, the government holds an annual competition called "My Ideas for Public Spaces" to create new ones and has committed to building 27 new hawker centers over the next decade.

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