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Beyond Description

Singapore Space Historicity, 1st Edition

Edited by Ryan Bishop, John Phillips, Wei-Wei Yeo


244 pages

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This book addresses issues of space, historicity, architecture and textuality by focusing on Singapore's singular position in the region and as a global city. The articles consider how various experiences of Singapore, both from within and from outside, help to complicate existing assumptions about global urbanism, postcolonialism, and architectural theory while producing challenging new ideas from a variety of disciplines concerned with how space, historicity, architecture and textuality inform one another.


'Considers the spatial history of discourses and the political uses of 'emergency' as well as the militarization of daily spaces in the city.' - Space and Culture

Table of Contents

1. Beyond Description: Space Historicity Singapore: Introductory Essay 2. Ghosts, Spectres and the Other Presences 3. 'The Vertical Order has Come to an End': The Insignia of the Military C3I and Urbanism in Global Networks 4. Emergency and 'The Return to Normal' 5. As the Wind Blows and Dews Came Down: Ghost Stories and Collective Memory in Singapore. 6. Evangelical Economies and Abjected Spaces: Cultural Territorialisation in Singapore 7. At Home in the Worlds: Community and Consumption in Urban Singapore 8. The Economic Valuation of Land Space in Singapore and its Impact on the Development of Intangible Assets 9. Urbanism and Postmodernity 10. Inside/Outside Architecture 11. Urban Archives 12. Kampong Bugis Guide Plan: The Tale of Two Movements 13. Natural History and Myth: The Garden City of Singapore 14. Conclusion. Index.

About the Series


The Architext series brings together recent debates in social and cultural theory and the study and practice of architecture and urban design. Critical, comparative and interdisciplinary, the books in the series will, by theorizing architecture, bring the space of the built environment centrally into the social sciences and humanities, as well as bringing the theoretical insights of the latter into the discourses of architecture and urban design. Particular attention will be paid to issues of gender, race, sexuality and the body, to questions of identity and place, to the cultural politics of representation and language, and to the global and postcolonial contexts in which these are addressed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching