Activist Architecture: Thoughts on Asian Architectural Education
- About the Author
Shortlisted for Singapore Book Awards 2022 (Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title)
Esteemed architect Tay Kheng Soon is known for his out-of-the-box architectural designs—think iconic, multifunctional brutalist buildings such as the People’s Park Complex and the Golden Mile Complex. Tay seeks to implement Asian philosophy and local design elements for the enhancement of spatial planning, urban development and buildings. In this book, he reimagines architecture and architectural studies—from design, education and aesthetics to going beyond architecture as an Art objective—with a uniquely Asian approach.
Adj. Prof. architect Tay Kheng Soon is from the first locally trained architects graduating in 1963 from the Singapore Polytechnic School of Building and Architecture. The architecture school was later relocated to the National University of Singapore. As such, he is acutely concerned that architecture and living environment must be rooted in climate, culture while modernising and humanising people and place. He was founding chairman of the Substation, the experimental centre of the arts community. He was chairman of SPUR (Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group) in the 1970s and later president of the Singapore Institute of Architects, receiving its Gold Medal in 2010. His design research extends beyond architectural scale to urban planning, and finally to the global scale.
Cover Type: Flexibound
Page Count: 336
Year Published: 2021
Size: 255mm x 170mm