Journal article

Re-reading singapore’s “black and white” architectural heritage: The aesthetic affects and affectations of adaptive reuse

A Pieris

Architectural Theory Review | Routledge | Published : 2018


Colonial-period military estates in Singapore are being gentrified for adaptive reuse producing high-end hospitality and retail venues for expatriate and tourist consumption. These include the feted “Black and White” residential enclaves synonymous with Singapore’s tropical aesthetic. But underlying this reinvention is a disturbing history of wartime repurposing under the Japanese Imperial Army, which temporarily destabilised the meanings and representations of these buildings. The seemingly undisturbed architectural typologies of barracks, bungalows and timber huts were backdrops to war, military occupation and captivity. This paper explores how the aesthetic affects and affectations that a..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The research for this paper has been funded by an ARC Future Fellowship, "Temporal Cities, Provisional Citizens: Architectures of Internment," FT140100190 (2015-18).: FT140100190/ARC Future Fellowship, "Temporal Cities, Provisional Citizens: Architectures of Internment"