Architecture and culture (Source: Tiong Bahru, Infopedia, National Library Archives) Tiong Bahru’s SIT flats reflect a blend of imported and local styles, including Art Deco and the influence of the International style, which focused on simple, clear lines and planes. The style was prominent in Europe during that period, and SIT architects and managers took inspiration from public housing in British New Towns like Stevenage and Harlow. Architects involved in the design of Tiong Bahru estate included Lincoln Page, Robert F. N. Kan and A. G. Church. The design of the flats was based on a modified shophouse plan featuring rounded balconies, exterior spiral staircases, courtyards, and air-wells while combining privacy and aspects of a modern apartment. The layout of the estate incorporated open spaces and emphasised small neighbourhoods. The pre-war flats circled a communal zone that included a market […]
Sunday, May 12, 2013. Source: Tiong Bahru Estate: The Sunday Times : Conserve facade, owners of pre-war units told The Sunday Times: Conserve facade, owners of pre-war units told The Sunday Times By Melody Zaccheus 12th May 2013 Some new residents living in conservation flats in Tiong Bahru who have had work done to the exterior of their flats may find themselves in a bind. This, after the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) stepped up efforts to ensure renovation guidelines for the exterior of the 20 pre-war conservation flats and some shophouses are adhered to. Notices were posted across the estate earlier this year informing and reminding both old and new residents to seek permission from the URA before works on the facade of their units are carried out. Some of the guidelines, for instance, do not allow new awnings and planter […]
In Vogue’s September 2014 issue, we highlight street style’s new paradigm—a seismic shift, essentially, away from the look-at-me and take-my-picture vibes of yesteryear. 2014’s chicest city-strutters are now dressed in, well, all things normal—though before you cry “normcore,” think ultra-chic basics by the likes of A.P.C. and Common Projects, along with intelligent, original daywear from the kids at Public School, Hood By Air, and Marques’Almeida. “Fashion at large is readjusting,” writes Sarah Mower, “grounding itself in different sensibilities.” Case in point: the new street style marks a collective sartorial mindset that manages to be simultaneously chic and pragmatic. In honor of the new street style, we’ve put together a list of the globe’s hippest neighborhoods, from Mexico City to Tokyo. And if you feel inspired for a last-minute early-fall getaway, just remember when packing: Reality trumps fantasy.