Equatorial Utopia: 50 Years of Visionary Architecture in Singapore

"Equatorial Utopia: 50 Years of Visionary Architecture in Singapore" presents a design survey from 1970 to the present. Presenting a systematic effort to raise awareness and demonstrate the utopian dimension of architecture in Singapore, the exhibition showcases a selection of projects that have had significant impact on the discourse on architecture and urban design in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Singapore’s urban development has been fast-paced over the past half century. After becoming an independent republic in 1965, the small island state with limited land and natural resources and a current population of approximately 5.6 million, embarked rapidly on industrialization and urbanization programs to provide jobs and housing for its people. Ever since, the built and the natural environment have been high on Singapore’s agenda and the vision for its built environment has evolved from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’, a concept seen to strengthen the city state’s brand as a distinctive and livable city. Against this background, Singapore has been the place of a number visionary projects.

Equatorial Utopia portrays how visionary architecture and urban design in Singapore, often with strong Western influences, have been tempered, adapted, and transformed by the socio-cultural, economic, climatic and political conditions of the location. Rich documentation of a selection of built projects, lavishly illustrated through drone videography, architectural drawings and explanatory texts, trace the building of Singapore as a nation and a ‘modernist utopian construct’.


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Cite: "Equatorial Utopia: 50 Years of Visionary Architecture in Singapore" 08 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/947345/equatorial-utopia-50-years-of-visionary-architecture-in-singapore> ISSN 0719-8884

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