Nanyang Technological University architecture
Singapore Architecture: The Historical, Cultural and Socio-Economic Perspectives
[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]Advertisement
To introduce to students a critical overview of Singaporean architecture from a social, historical and cultural point of view.
The study of Singaporean architecture examines the historical, cultural and socio-economic inﬂuences on the architectural development of Singapore. The practice of architecture and urban development are clariﬁed and illustrated by the critical analysis of selected case studies of architectural designs at different periods in the history of Singapore. These offer a broad overview of the multi-cultural inﬂuences, as well as the innovative technological advances, that have come to characterise Singapore architecture. These serve to place emerging architectural developments within the context of socio-economic and cultural inﬂuences.
• Intro to course
2 – 6
• Introduction to Singaporean Architecture and Development.
• Early Architecture Development in Singapore
• European Influences
• Architecture and Development
• The Architectural Development of the 60’s
• The Architectural Development of the 70’s
• The Architectural Development of the 80’s
• Mid Sem review of assignments
8 – 12
• The Architectural Development of the 90’s
• Historical and Continuity of Change
• Innovative Technological Changes and Improvements
• Future directions of Singapore Architecture
• Final review of assignments
The students will be able to place current architectural practice in Singapore within a broader socio-historical context. The students will realise that Singaporean architecture is subject to ongoing influence by a range of external and internal influences.
Final Written Examination: 30%
Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)
Continuous assessment components may include:
K C Ho, Valerie Lim N E, Backlanes as Contested Regions: Construction and Control of Physical Space, Singapore University Press
G L Ooi, Future of Space; Planning, Space and the City, Eastern University Press
R Powell (Ed), Singapore: Architecture of a Global City, Archipelago Press.
Victor Savage, Street Culture in Colonial Singapore, Eastern Universities Press
B H Chua, N Edwards, Public Space: Design, Use and Management, Singapore University Press
URA, Government Circular on Communal Landscaped Terraces, Sky Terraces and Roof Terraces
BSA Yeoh, Contesting space in Colonial Singapore: Power Relations and the Urban Built Environment, Singapore University Press
URA, Duxton Plain Public Housing, Singapore; International Architectural Competition. Urban Redevelopment Authority & Ministry of National Development & Housing Development Board