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Images of Construction
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Singapore aims to have “a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment” (BCA). Construction plays an important part in the country’s desire to have the best built environment for Singapore and to be a distinctive, global city.
It is interesting to consider how a building gains its form through the process of gathering and organising a wide range of parts and materials. The convergence of the constructed buildings then determines the cityscape.
You may also think about the relationship between a building and the land. How is the earth reshaped during the building process? To what extent does destruction precede construction?
In some instances reclamation may be needed before construction can begin; either reclamation of materials or reclamation of land.
Construction is a wide and varied topic that is a perfect starting point for an arts project in any discipline. Explore this page for ideas and inspiration around the theme of construction…
Singapore's first section of Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) was opened in 1987 and within 3 weeks a million journeys had been recorded (LTA website).
Today, the system has developed to cover a much wider area and is still developing.
This video shows how the MRT is constructed.
Find out more about Singapore's MRT system on the LTA website.
The Remember Singapore website includes an interesting page about the history of the MRT with photographs and hisorical MRT maps.
Construction in the news
Here are some examples of news articles, from the past and present, about construction in Singapore.
Click on the headline to read the aticle.
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Photographs by Paul Makselon
Books in the Senior Library
Zaha Hadid and Suprematism by
Call Number: 720.922
The book documents an extraordinary, imaginative exhibition curated and designed by Hadid, which examines the conjunction across four themes: Abstraction, Distortion, Flotation and Fragmentation.
A Living Architecture by
This book showcases the work of the Taliesin Architects. They are guided by a desire to create buildings in harmony with nature; to make a positive contribution to the way people live; and to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's vision alive.
New Japan Architecture by
Call Number: 720.952
This book takes the reader through a journey of current trends in contemporary Japanese architecture and predicts future directions. While some buildings strive for the ultimate Zen white cube, others exemplify the search for the 'Wow' factor.
Tree Houses by
Call Number: 728.9
This book presents 25 innovative examples of contemporary treehouses and 10 conceptions of treehouses created by Andreas Wenning. Includes large-scale photos.
Eccentric structures in architecture by
Call Number: 721
This book presents studies in architectural form focusing on the relationships between force, form, and space to develop structure. The design processes of different structures vary from inherently unstable forms to multi-span spaces in buildings to the creation of multi-layered spaces within physical shells.
London architecture by
Call Number: 720.9421
The Swiss Re building, known as the Gherkin the huge London Eye ferris wheeel, the millennium Bridge, the 02 Arena and the futuristic buildings at Canary Wharf are among the landmarks of a city that confidently mixes tradition and cutting edge.
Architectural surfaces: details for architects, designers and artists by
Call Number: 721
This book contains over 1,600 outstanding, vibrant colour photographs capturing a range of details and surfaces, organized by architectural elements: walls, facades, windows, doorways, ceilings, roofs, floors, pavements, staircases, balconies, columns and arches.
Changi Airport - Project Jewel
Changi airport are currently constructing a new "A world-class attraction of glass and steel wonderland".
They are looking for input from the public on their vision for Project Jewel.
Constructing Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is a landmark building situated in Singapore's Central Business District.
Housing in Singapore
Look back at photos of housing development in Singapore from the 1970s and 1980s - Straits Times
Explore the HomeDSGN website to see some of the stunning modern designs that can now be found in Singapore.
||Find '16 impressive examples of bamboo scaffolding' on the Oobject website.