Tag Archives: modern architecture

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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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 And there are indeed plenty of materials on Lim’s architectural designs, including many previously unpublished … Continue reading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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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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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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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 27: “Constructions of an Asian Woman Architect: Minnette de Silva, Architecture, and History”

by Dr. Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Bryn Mawr College Much recent attention has been paid to an erasure of Minnette de Silva’s work from a global canon of modern architecture. This reading of exclusion has been predicated in part on the demolition and … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 26: “A Throne Hall and a Temple: The Public Works Department and the Construction of Modern Siamese Identity, 1889 – 1910”

by Dr. Pirasri Povatong, Chulalongkorn University This paper examines the establishment and operation of the Siamese Public Works Department (PWD) during the latter half of the reign of King Rama V (r.1868-1910), in order to understand the intricacies and effects … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 20: “Beyond Styles and Isolation: Towards the next step of a Historiography of Modern Architecture in Thailand as a part of Southeast Asia”

by Dr. Chomchon Fusinpaiboon, Chulalongkorn University This paper provides a thorough survey of how the historiography of modern architecture in Thailand has been developed.   It discusses the unique circumstances, namely the economic boom and a concern about national identity in architecture, that … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 17: “In serving Chinese Modernity: The Rise and Fall of Singaporean Architecture in Contemporary China 1980 – 2000”

by Dr. Xiao Jing, City University of Hong Kong This paper examines the Chinese government’s brief period of acquiring architectural modernity from Singapore during the last two decades of twentieth century in order to contribute to its own national identity. Behind China’s contemporary … Continue reading

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