31 Mar '18, 9pm

If this is home, truly, it should look like home

If this is home, truly, it should look like home

Steel, glass, Starbucks, Uniqlo. Looking out at the skyline to anchor ourselves in this perfectly functional but completely generic city we call home in the near future, what might Singaporeans see? Moshe Safdie's three phallic structures rising out of Marina Bay, Russell Johnson's prickly Esplanade, Kisho Kurokawa's Singapore Flyer - there's some specificity for you. But while these structures were built to make us look good, were any of them built for us in any real sense of the word? They may play host to tourists, performers, celebrities and oil-sheikh millionaires, but they do not serve the uncle who slicks what's left of his hair back with Brylcreem at 2.30pm before staking out the corner table at the kopitiam downstairs, where he knows he will run into the hairdressing-salon auntie taking a late lunch break - living communities with familiar routines that cannot be ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/housing/if-this-is-...

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