Monday, 17 September 2007

the architecture of Chinatown.....

a visit to Chinatown should be on everyone's agenda......for the sights, the smells, the food, the architecture, the colours and the festivities.

here is one example of Chinatown architecture with this shopfront and shutters:

This site leads you to the Singapore Heritage Centre:

Singapore is a green city, but it has a very groomed greenness. There are two small national parks. Only at the fringes of the island and on the islets is there rural life, and it is disappearing fast. Highways crisscrossing the island, the huge port on the southern tip, vast industrial areas to the west, and the airport to the east create an air of swift efficiency.

The most striking features of the landscape are the high-rise buildings. This is a distinctly modern architecture with roots in the functionalism of the 1960s. In the 1980s and 1990s, there was more diversity in building styles. The typical domicile is a small apartment off the ground. Ethnicity is not an issue in the public use of space; communal differences are clearly discernible in the layout of the interiors of homes and certain town areas.

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