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Postcards from the Disposable City

2010-2013

Using images from lost civic landmarks and structures, this project seeks to explore the public’s perception of urban spaces and landmarks using the device of postcards as analogy for cultural memory in Singapore.

 

The project polls responses from the public in exploring the notion of cultural relevance of urban landmarks and civic institutions and spaces, to see how these urban contexts have altered in memory by gathering a sample of public opinion as an inference of the collective civic consciousness. The idea of seeking random public responses is essential since the idea of civic space in a democratic republic needs to embody the voice of the citizen and the extent of his/her relationship to the memory of the city.

 

Thousands of "postcards" were sent out to the public to poll their memories, experiences, and opinions on faded/erased landmarks. The responses explores the question of how architectural form could still have the urban authority to consolidate a shared cultural meaning.