Our Modern Past – Volume 1: A Visual Survey of Singapore Architecture, 1920s–70s

A book launch in conjunction with the exhibition opening of
Moderns In Our Midst: A Photographic Tribute to Singapore’s Modern Architectural Heritage

Our Modern Past Volume 1

Date: Friday, 17 April 2015
Time: 6:30pm to 9pm
Venue: Concourse, National Museum of Singapore. 93, Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Please RSVP by 7 April 2015.
Email: shs.secretary@gmail.com

About the Book
It is not obvious to many that Singapore boasts an exemplary Modernist architectural legacy. Built during the mid 20th century, these structures were the result of progressive, even utopic impulses to shape a new society — a vision of the future, built to last. But the future turned out to be startlingly short-lived. Relentless development is rapidly depleting the built heritage of the nation-building period in particular, which is relatively less well studied or protected. Recipient of the URA AUDE Grant and the NHB Heritage Project Grant, the Singapore Heritage Society’s decade-long ‘Our Modern Past’ project constitutes a sustained effort to document the city-state’s Modern heritage, promote appreciation of this architecture, and present a case for its selective conservation.

The first of two volumes, Our Modern Past: A Visual Survey of Singapore Architecture 1920s–1970s by Ho Weng Hin, Dinesh Naidu, Tan Kar Lin and photography by Jeremy San, provides a photographic guide organised into three sections: the Interwar Period (1919–1942), the Post-War Years (1945–1965), and Post-Independence Years (1966–1970s). Each section begins with a survey of that period’s architectural Elements, illustrating how locally typical Modern expressions of form, type, materiality, and detail have been shaped by their contexts. Feature Buildings then complete each section, providing a closer look at definitive works that capture the times. The book contains a total of 1,500 photographs illustrating 35 design elements and 44 feature buildings, including several that have since been demolished.

Guest of Honour: Associate Professor Kwok Kian Woon. Associate Provost, NTU and Past President, Singapore Heritage Society.

6.30 pm Guest arrival and registration
7.00 pm Welcome Address by SHS President
7.10 pm Speech by co-publisher SIA Press Director
7.20 pm Special Dedication by Dr Kevin Tan in memory of Jeremy San
7.30 pm Speech by the Guest of Honour
7.45 pm Launch of book, photo-taking & refreshments
9.00 pm End of event

A 25% discount on the book will apply (U.P is $120) at this event.

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