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Title: Encoded histories: Design review and regulations in Singapore, 1819-2006
Authors: LEE KAH WEE
Keywords: Design review, Singapore, urban design, architecture, Government Land Sales, Marina Bay
Issue Date: 13-Aug-2007
Citation: LEE KAH WEE (2007-08-13). Encoded histories: Design review and regulations in Singapore, 1819-2006. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Design review is increasingly becoming a legitimatised tool in shaping and imaging cities. As a crucial moment in which design is set out for scrutiny by the public or a public body, this research foregrounds design reviews in Singapore as integral to the construction of architectural and urban meaning, especially through various forms of rhetoric which might be nuanced for public consumption or hardened to have legal teeth and powers. By canvassing legal debates, institutional shifts and government documents, the written forms of design reviews a?? such as standards and tender conditions a?? are framed in a larger cultural-political milieu and begin to serve as a record of an urban discourse that encodes the complex relationships between authorities, practitioners and users. In Singapore, this a??codinga?? of urban aesthetics is largely premised on the avoidance of controversy, privileging of professional arbitration and the trivialization of discourse in the public realm.
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