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Title: STATE OF ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTION IN SINGAPORE: EVOLUTION OF SPECIALISATION WITHIN THE ARCHITECTURAL FIELD
Authors: TEO MEI YI FELICIA
Keywords: Architecuture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Wong Yunn Chii
2015/2016 Aki DT
Architectural Production
Cultural Production
Field
Foreign Architect
Global City
Golden Shoe
I.M.Pei
OCBC Center
Pierre Bourdieu
Project Architect
Sale of Sites
Singapore
Skilled Technicians
Starchitect
State
URA
Urban Renewal
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2015
Citation: TEO MEI YI FELICIA (2015-12-14). STATE OF ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTION IN SINGAPORE: EVOLUTION OF SPECIALISATION WITHIN THE ARCHITECTURAL FIELD. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Imbued with an infectious atmosphere of nationalistic optimism and fueled by the promise of independence in the 60s, local architects were fiercely enthusiastic and excited when it came to matters of the nation and architecture, and were charged with several projects that made up most of the urban environment in Singapore. For the first time, the local architects were leading the fore in architectural production in Singapore. Thus, when news regarding the commissioning of I.M.Pei for the OCBC Centre in 1969 spread through the architectural community in Singapore, it was not recognized as the harbinger of a new wave of changes that would descend upon the local architectural field. However, despite the nationalistic sentiments, the establishment of key institutional structures orientated to the goal of industrialization, the ambition of economic success and the state‐sanctioned ‘open‐door’ policy for the best expertise to place Singapore in a position to compete on the global arena, meant that the local architectural field was open to influences from global movements of economic and cultural capital; and the commissioning of I.M.Pei in collaboration with BEP Akitek for the OCBC Centre was first manifestation of such ambitions. The OCBC Centre had set the precedent for foreign‐local collaborations and I.M.Pei’s presence in the local architectural field brought to the fore the dynamics between the dominant cultural producers within international field and the members within the local field of cultural production. The effects of such dynamics have characterized the state of architectural production today, namely the relationship of the field with the media, the presence and normalization of design consultants, and the development of specialization within the local field of architecture. Various published articles, speeches, essays and interviews regarding the euphoria of the 60s, the dynamics of collaboration between the foreign and local firms, and the opinions of the foreign design consultants’ impact on the local field of architecture; they offer substantial material that reveals the effects and the significance of the OCBC Centre in its contribution to the state of architectural production in Singapore today. The analysis is offered within Bourdieu’s framework for the analysis of the fields of cultural production to understand the reasons and motivations behind the significance, effects and evolutions of the local field of architecture.
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