The People’s Park Complex, with its cornucopia of activity and visual clutter, has played a pivotal role in the transformation of Chinatown and Singapore’s architectural, spatial and social landscape since its birth in the 1970s. Known for many firsts, including being the tallest
residential space and mix-used building encompassing residential, office and carparking facilities, the Complex continues to capture our imagination, as it shapes and is shaped by the activities, movement and humanity in and around the building. It is one of the most important modern Asian architectural heritage, which is under tremendous pressure of development.
Through 90 minutes on-site walking tour, starting from the streets of old Chinatown area, walking through the new corridors and “City Rooms” of People’s Park Complex, the tour will try to trace the persistence and evolution of the “DNA” in the Architectural typology and urban morphology of the complex and its context.
Dr Johannes Widodo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, Director of the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (Malaysia), and Executive Editor of JSEAA (Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture). His research areas include Architecture History, Typology & Morphology, and Heritage Management. He is the founder of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network) and iNTA (International Network of Tropical Architecture). He has been serving as a jury member for UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee and Shared Heritage Committee, founding member and director of ICOMOS National Committee of Singapore, and associate member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management. He is also a founding member and director of DoCoMoMo Macau, and the co-founder of mASEANa networking platform (modern ASEAN architecture).