Our Modern Past

Our Modern Past: A Visual Survey of Singapore Architecture 1920s-1970s constitutes a broad, systematic effort to appraise and raise awareness of Singapore's modern architectural works as significant markers of history.

This book is organised chronologically into three sections: INTERWAR PERIOD (1919-1942), POST-WAR YEARS (1945-1965), and POST-WAR YEARS (1966-1980s). Each section begins with an appraisal of architectural elements commonly observed in modern buildings of the respective period. A visual guide to spatial types, material palette, and details, ELEMENTS is followed by FEATURE BUILDINGS of the period, which comprises select works presenting how building elements come together as a fluid architectural works.

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