Author Archives: Chang Jiat Hwee

Exhibiting a historian’s archives: Kenneth Frampton at the CCA

A historian typically explores archives of others. But what happens when a historian’s archive becomes the subject and object of exploration and even exhibition? I was recently at the Canadian Centre of Architecture for a seminar/workshop (on an entirely unrelated … Continue reading

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Kumpulan Akitek: A pioneer architectural firm under the radar?

In the past few years, quite a bit has been researched and published — either online or through physical publications — on pioneer architects and architectural firms in Singapore. In my view, one of the important local firms that has been slightly … Continue reading

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Just released: A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new monograph — A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience. See the publisher’s website for more details. Below is a preview of the book from Google Books (although the … Continue reading

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The personal archives of Lim Chong Keat, part 2

In my previous post, I blogged about Lim’s anthropological collections. But the main reason for my visit to Lim’s archives is of course his architectural materials. And there are indeed plenty of materials on Lim’s architectural designs, including many previously unpublished … Continue reading

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The personal archives of Lim Chong Keat, Part 1

Since the book that I have been working on for more than 10 years is finally almost done (it should be out in a few months time), I have recently embarked on a new research project exploring the post-independence architects … Continue reading

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The Singapore Conference Hall and the Singapore Polytechnic

Aerial view of the environs of Shenton Way and the Telok Ayer Basin, circa 1965, with the Singapore Conference Hall and Trade Union House Building in the centre and the Singapore Polytechnic at the back (near the top right hand corner). Source: … Continue reading

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T. K. Sabapathy on Michael Sullivan

Last night eminent local art historian/teacher/curator/writer T. K. Sabapathy delivered the NUS Museum Anniversary Lecture “About Michael Sullivan” at the University Cultural Centre. Although the title of the lecture is ostensibly about Michael Sullivan, the founding curator of the University … Continue reading

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SEAARC Session Report 2

This is the report on Session 4: Modernisms and Modernities, written by the session chair Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University.  The papers in this session grappled with where to locate Southeast Asian architecture within histories of multiple modernities and modernisms. They encountered … Continue reading

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4th International Meeting of EAHN – Call for Papers

The 4th International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) will be held in Dublin, June 2-4, 2016. The Call for Papers has just been announced (see here). If the last EAHN conference held at Turin is any indication, … Continue reading

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On pioneer architectural educator David Lim

Mr David Lim standing in front of his house, which he designed and was completed in 1968. Earlier today Kheng Soon, John Chye, Imran and I interviewed Mr. David Lim, a pioneer architectural educator, at his house. Before receiving his … Continue reading

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