Venue: The Salon, Level 1
Date: WED 21 JUL 2010 7:30pm
Self-governance in Singapore sparked off various initiatives to reconsider, imagine and mould the island’s post-war and post-colonial era landscapes. These included the new urban and industrial infrastructure as well as national buildings including the National Theatre, the Singapore Conference Hall, the National Library and the National Stadium. Elsewhere, the tasks of public housing provision were transferred from the Singapore Improvement Trust to the Housing Development Board. This talk discusses these architectural projects of the 1960s as spatial constructions engaging the concentric national, regional, as well as global spheres, and as intersections of social and cultural networks and contexts then prevalent.
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Dr Lai Chee Kien is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He is a registered architect, and graduated from the National University of Singapore with an M Arch. by research , and a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley . His areas of research include histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia. He is also the author of A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), and Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007).