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New PDF release: Beyond description: Singapore space historicity

By Ryan Bishop, John Phillips, Wei-Wei Yeo

ISBN-10: 0203643224

ISBN-13: 9780203643228

ISBN-10: 0203683900

ISBN-13: 9780203683903

ISBN-10: 0415299810

ISBN-13: 9780415299817

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ISBN-13: 9780415299824

This publication addresses problems with area, historicity, structure and textuality by means of targeting Singapore's singular place within the sector and as a world urban. The articles examine how numerous stories of Singapore, either from inside and from open air, support to complicate latest assumptions approximately worldwide urbanism, postcolonialism, and architectural thought whereas generating difficult new rules from quite a few disciplines occupied with how house, historicity, structure and textuality tell each other.

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41 And yet in both Mee Pok Man and 12 Storeys Khoo shows characters who are curiously as displaced from Singaporean society as they are impossible to place outside of it. In Mee Pok Man necrophilic acts take place in a one-room flat with frames showing a typical HDB landscape. In 12 Storeys a young man jumps off his block of flats and his ghost follows an obese woman, a resident in the same block, silently around. The films seek to provide an alternative perspective of Singapore, alternative to that found in the official discourse of Singapore’s success story.

26 ᮀ Of Trees and the Heartland ᭿ The heartland implies by its name that it is the core of Singapore. Geographically the heartland is spread out all over Singapore, but in its representations it is a space that denotes national and local identity beyond coordinates. It is an exclusionary space. Like the old tree in Changi that was felled, it is part of a myth of origins, of a belief that history and landscape that are exclusively Singaporean exist. 48 They are also narratives of how the “native” or the local is a vexed notion – that its presence is located in trees as well as in public housing estates says as much.

Eventually the tree is pruned, not felled because of the girl’s protest; still, it is incapacitated by the pruning, shorn of its branches and leaves. As if to remind itself of what is possible, the tree tells the story of an older tree’s triumph and regeneration, of how it survived the severing from its roots. The miraculous survival of the rootless tree and the other tree’s threat of being felled for development bring myth and reality together, painting a picture of how the first compensates for the powerlessness that conditions the second.

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