An Architectural Heritage Season highlight event, this symposium brings together conservation practitioners, architects and scholars to offer diverse perspectives on heritage, conservation practices and its pedagogy. Viewed through the lens of Singapore and Melaka, the rich urban history of these port cities can be traced back to their intertwined maritime origins which predate colonial presence.
By treating the city as text, aspects of tangible and intangible heritage are brought to the fore to offer insights into the lived conditions and how these have evolved over time. At the same time, critical reflections on conservation practices and education programmes are reviewed through two specific resource centres – NUS Baba House in Singapore and Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka – and their long-term contribution to heritage awareness and pedagogy.
To conclude the day’s proceedings, participants have the option to join one of two guided tours – a historic stroll along Neil Road or a private house tour of Baba House. These are free but registration is required.
SPEAKERS PANEL 1: CULTURE AND FORM
Housing Ancestral Altars: The Rumah Abu and the Integration of Ancestral Shrines in Peranakan Residences of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia
- Peter LEE, Scholar
Morphology of Cosmopolitan Cities: Melaka and Singapore
- Johannes WIDODO, NUS Department of Architecture
PANEL 2: TRAJECTORIES IN URBAN HISTORY
Malaccan Voices – Documenting and Restoring Place, Identity and Memory
- LIM Huck Chin, Architect and Scholar
What Does a Focus on Conservation Reveal and Conceal in Complex Historical Sites? Some Parallel Issues on Forgotten Diversity in Singapore and Melaka
- Imran bin Tajudeen, NUS Department of Architecture
PANEL 3: CONSERVATION PRACTICES – ARCHITECTURE, HERITAGE AND POLICY
Navigating between Heritage and Community – Where is the Middle Ground?
- Kelvin ANG, URA Conservation Department
54 & 56 Heeren Street: Building on Pedagogical Affordance
- CHEAH Kok Ming, NUS Department of Architecture
Conservation Practicums at NUS Baba House
- FOO Su Ling, NUS Museum
PANEL 4: “FOLLOW THE LINE(S)” – TTCL-AIR WORKSHOP 2017, MELAKA AND SINGAPORE
Introduction: Pedagogical Intentions and Workshop Outcomes
- Simone Shu-Yeng CHUNG, NUS Department of Architecture
Reflections on Workshop Activities
- Victor CHIN, TTCL Artist-in-Residence
This seminar is organised by NUS Baba House, NUS Department of Architecture and URA Conservation Department.