A Nation by Design

After independence, the city-state of Singapore embarked on one of the most extensive projects of modernist nation-building ever seen.

Block 82 Commonwealth Close is a 16-story apartment building developed by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) in Singapore. Completed in 1964, Block 82 is home to the oldest extant leaseheld HDB flats. (Darren Soh)

In the 1960s, the wave of countries gaining their independence from colonial powers coincided with the peak of the modernist movement in architecture. It’s no surprise that some of these young nations began to express their national identity through design. Singapore was no exception. But while some of its “heroic modernist” public buildings have been […]

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