Everyday life and spatial transformation: The construction of a community's interiority in the void deck

Jiawen Han*

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The void deck, originally developed for housing projects in Singapore, refers to the open space located on the ground floor of a residential building. The model of the void deck was exported to Suzhou Industrial Park and later used in a growing number of high-rise residential developments in China. Taking community interiority as a new perspective, the discussion of void decks and everyday life investigates whether the void deck endows a new layer of interiority to communal life as a special type of threshold space in China's highly dense and high-rise residential environments. The growing number of domestic objects in the void decks represents a consensual reconstruction of community interiority, allowing the reflection and rediscovery of the resonant membrane that mediates every relationship between people and things living in a substantially enclosed community. The study of void deck, its status and its transformation reflects how neo-liberal community spaces and new social relations in the communities in China have been changing: the communities are evolving from a consumption-based and top-down designed space, circling back to a deeper relationship between people and community within the urban transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-201
Number of pages19
JournalTechnoetic Arts
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • China
  • community interiority
  • everyday life
  • gated community
  • neo-liberal housing
  • public-private
  • Singapore
  • Suzhou Industrial Park


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