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Title: A HIGHER CALLING: REPURPOSING TELEPHONE EXCHANGE BUILDINGS AS INFRASTRUCTURES OF COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE
Authors: YEE CHENXIN JONATHAN
Keywords: 2020-2021
Architecture
Master's
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
Ho Weng Hin
Design Thesis
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2021
Citation: YEE CHENXIN JONATHAN (2021-06-25). A HIGHER CALLING: REPURPOSING TELEPHONE EXCHANGE BUILDINGS AS INFRASTRUCTURES OF COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Following the improved capabilities of present-day telecommunication equipment, telephone exchange buildings in Singapore are increasingly being decommissioned. Despite their architectural rarity and heritage significance, these markers of modernity are often left disused and demolished. As purveyors of interconnectivity, they heralded in a new era of mass communications, but also expedited the onslaught of unwarranted and widespread surveillance. Building upon their characteristic architecture and fundamental ethos of providing unrestricted communication, this thesis argues that telephone exchange buildings should be conserved and repurposed as spaces of refuge and avenues for recourse, against an increasingly inevitable surveillance climate. Positioned as secure amenities, this reimagined network of telephone exchange buildings serves as counter-surveillance infrastructures open to all, providing the masses a choice to opt-out of the ambient surveillance present in our everyday - to live, work and play in a secured environment, away from the prying eyes of the state, and listening ears of corporations.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/220130
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