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Title: CONSTRUCTING MODERNITY: CHANGI AIRPORT IN THE SINGAPORE STORY
Authors: JONATHAN KOH YEW HWEE
Keywords: Aviation
Changi Airport
Modernity
Representation
Symbol
Science and Technology
Issue Date: 22-Apr-2019
Citation: JONATHAN KOH YEW HWEE (2019-04-22). CONSTRUCTING MODERNITY: CHANGI AIRPORT IN THE SINGAPORE STORY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Beginning with Changi Airport’s opening in 1981, it has since been continuously expanding with Terminal Five to be constructed by 2030. The success of Changi has overshadowed the previous airports in Singapore’s history with many Singaporeans not being aware of the previous airports. To better understand the success of Changi, it is necessary to examine the developments of Singapore’s airports beginning with Seletar Airport in the 1930s and ending with the completion of Changi’s Terminal Three in 2007. It will explore the reasons why the various airports were chosen to be built at their respective locations and the process which eventually led to the decision to develop Changi. The purpose of this thesis is to provide an account of all the airports in Singapore before Changi. Beyond a narrative account, it will also show how the learning lessons gleaned from the various airports eventually contributed to Changi’s success. Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, once described Singapore’s development from 1965 as that from Third World to First. Modernity, which could broadly refer to a rejection of tradition differs from country to country. Changi Airport, as a place that connects Singapore to the world, is also an icon of Singapore. This academic exercise seeks to investigate the representations of Changi in order to better understand Singapore’s conception of a modern, first-world nation.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/155612
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