Tag Archives: modernism

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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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 And there are indeed plenty of materials on Lim’s architectural designs, including many previously unpublished … Continue reading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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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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Post-symposium tour: “Reclaiming the past: The royal port town at Kampong Glam, and the Precinct N1 and Golden Mile schemes”

by Dr. Imran bin Tajudeen, NUS (Signing up details to be announced at a later date) Saturday, 10 January 2015, 9am-12pm (with a short break) Nineteenth-century Singapore once operated as a dual port with twin settlements, one centred around Singapore River 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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New documentary on Van Molyvann

In past two decades or so, there has been a surge of interests in modernist architecture in around the world, especially those outside Western Europe and North America. These modernist architecture are typically not considered “canonical” nor are they included … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 9: “Modernity and modernities. Emerging challenges for the historiography of modern architecture”

by keynote speaker Prof. Hilde Heynen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Since Marshall Berman first theorized modernity as the experience of all that is solid melting into air, we have come a long way in discussing modernity as a fundamental category for the … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 6: “Batik into Blueprints: the International Style in Pre- and Post Independence Malaya”

by Assoc. Prof. Mark Hinchman, Taylor’s University A group of modernist architects was active in the Malay Peninsula in the 1950s and 1960s, including E.S. Cooke, Berthel Iversen, T.Y. Lee, Yoon Thim Lee, and Kington Loo. Their collective works constitute … Continue reading

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