The latest edition of Singapore Architect (SA) magazine contains an extensive feature on last year’s ArchiFest ‘Common Spaces’ forum. As part of SA’s coverage, I interviewed the sole Singaporean speaker at the forum – Siew Man Kok of MKPL Architects. We had an interesting chat about Singapore’s common spaces, MKPL’s designs for tropical high-rise residences, and HDB housing. Siew is a member of the HDB’s Architectural Design Panel, the URA’s Design Advisory Committee, and the Preservation of Monuments Board – quite a spectrum of activity alongside his professional practice. I enjoyed the opportunity to pick his brain!
This issue of SA also contains two reviews authored by me – one exploring a light-filled house in Windsor Park, where MAKK Architects investigated the courtyard as a spatial organiser; and the other delving into the recent BMW Young Asian Artists Series III [3 parts] exhibition at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. The latter presented the opportunity to contemplate the nature of the “Southeast Asianness” and conditions of anxiety in the work of artists Genevieve Chua (Singapore), Lyra Garcellano (Manilla), and R.E. Hartanto (Bandung). The exhibition was curated by artist and writer Heman Chong (Singapore).
My thanks to all parties who gave their time to assist with the production of these articles. SA issue 266 is on sale now.