When was the last time you walked down a street in Singapore that did not have construction works going on? Our red dot might be little, but it houses an architectural landscape that's fast-changing — for better or worse. This publication recognises the anxiety towards this, and seeks to craft a tribute and reminder of the choices we make to strengthen our national identity.
Published earlier this month, Architecture and the Architect: Image-making in Singapore is written and edited by Dawn Lim from Virginia Who, a Singapore-based independent writing house focusing on architectural and design-focused research. The 260-page hardback book is careful not to be a critic. Instead, it celebrates 40 buildings including shopping malls, offices, institutional spaces, public housing and private residential developments.
Featuring a collective gathering of voices, essays and interviews with architects including William Lin and Alfred Wong can be found. But it's not just the image-makers who are heard — anecdotes from the likes of residents, tenants, shopkeepers as well as security officers come together to celebrate what makes Singapore, Singapore.
For more information on the book and how to purchase, click here.