Category Archives: research

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 And there are indeed plenty of materials on Lim’s architectural designs, including many previously unpublished … Continue reading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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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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On pioneer Malayan architect Lim Chong Keat

Thanks to the “Pioneer architects lecture and dialogue series” organised by Tay Kheng Soon, I have the privilege of listening to Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat’s lecture last night at the URA Centre and participating in a dialogue with him … Continue reading

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The (ab)use of Foucauldian Analytics of Power in Architectural History

One of the themes of the forthcoming SEAARC Symposium is on “Space, Society and Power”. In the Call for Papers, we argue that scholars of architectural history in general might have over-relied on formal analysis in their understanding of power … Continue reading

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