Singapore - Exhibition

Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

29 Oct 201629 Jan 2017

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On the occasion of the upcoming 85th birthday of eminent Singaporean architect and thinker William S. W. Lim, the Centre presents “Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice, an open-ended exhibition that serves as a laboratory of ideas, exploring the indeterminacy and changeability of urban living. Borrowing its title from Lim’s book “Incomplete Urbanism: A Critical Urban Strategy for Emerging Economies”, 2012, this multifaceted project takes his practice and the initiatives of the Asian Urban Lab that Lim started with colleagues in 2003, as a point of departure. It presents various researches into the spatial, cultural and social aspects of city life according to the publications Lim was involved with.

Acknowledging Lim’s contributions as a prolific urban theorist and catalyst of ideas, whose vision asks that we reconsider the traditions of Asian architecture for the “contemporary vernacular”, “Incomplete Urbanism is a direct response to his critical ideas – a space is generated to encourage participation and agency.

Lim’s key ideas will be explored by commissioned projects from several contributors, including Dr Marc Glöde (Germany/Singapore), film curator, Visiting Scholar, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Shirley Surya (Indonesia/Hong Kong), Associate Curator for Design and Architecture, M+, Hong Kong and NTU CCA Singapore Visiting Research Fellows; Dr Etienne Turpin (Canada/Indonesia), Research Associate, Urban Risk Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States; and Sissel Tolaas (Norway/Germany), smell researcher and artist.

“Incomplete Urbanism seeks to present a dynamic space to engage urban issues, through discussions, debates, a programme on classic Singapore films, workshops and other collective efforts.

  • Interior of People’s Park Complex, 1973. Designed by Design Partnership (succeeded by DP Architects). Courtesy DP Architects.Interior of People’s Park Complex, 1973. Designed by Design Partnership (succeeded by DP Architects). Courtesy DP Architects.
  • Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial PracticeIncomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
tue, wed, thu, sat, sun 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm; fri 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon

ADMISSION:
Free

ESTABLISHED:
2013

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Meta Bauer Ute


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