Koh Kim Chay & Eugene Ong
Singapore's Vanishing Public Housing Estates
25.4cm x 19.05cm, 206pp
The 27 public housing estates and precincts featured in this collection are expunged forever. Singapore’s Vanished Public Housing Estates is a photographic essay about early architectural forms and living spaces. From the lush expanse of colonial-era Princess Elizabeth Park estate to the brick-clad heights of Pickering Street, these photographs may not be turn-of-the-century archaic but neither are they contemporary enough to be familiarly recognised. As pictorial records of our first homes in historically significant and newly emerging estates then, they are an invaluable window into Singapore’s changing housing landscape in the 50s and beyond.
The book includes more than 200 pages of photographs of vanished SIT and early HDB estates with accompanying write ups on each estate. The book also features essays on Singapore’s early housing history by Dr Eunice Seng (HKU Arch), Dr Eddie Tay (CUHK), and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow.