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Bawa Staircases is a compelling addition to the works on the architectural legacy of Sri Lanka’s preeminent architect, Geoffrey Bawa.
Aimed at students, professionals and his numerous admirers, Bawa Staircases focuses on his fascination with staircases through the ages and how Bawa incorporated these elemental features into his innumerable designs — residential, public works and hotel and resort architecture.
MAIN SELLING POINTS:
- It showcases how staircases provide buildings and gardens with not only efficient horizontal and vertical movement, but also the opportunity of ever-changing vistas, many imbued with arcane religious or cultural significance.
- The first book to focus on Geoffrey Bawa’s interest in European architectural movements, especially influences from the Italian Renaissance and German Baroque, written fluently and compassionately by the maestro’s official biographer.
- Elegant, serene photography that combines architectural significance with the beauty of Sri Lanka’s and Europe’s heritage
The story of modern Singapore as told through its living heritage is encapsulated in this handsome book, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Singapore’s founding as a city-state. Today’s vibrant, cosmopolitan country developed a singular identity through the many colourful `ingredients’ outlined in this book. Starting with the founding of modern Singapore by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, we review the many events, people, artefacts, legends and lifestyles pre- and post-1819 that contributed to make Singapore the unique city it is today. This is the first book to encompass all aspects of Singaporean heritage, be it sociological, environmental or man-made. Historic personages, monuments, architecture and the arts, cultures and traditions, and flora and fauna are all covered in their many facets. The book showcases how much of 1800s and early 1900s Singapore remains today, thereby presenting a lesser-known side to the city-state – one that is surprisingly historic and richly evocative, a different face to a place more often associated with a stark modernity. Insightful, lively texts by museum director and heritage expert, Kennie Ting, are accompanied by archival images, contemporary photographs, maps and more, to present a comprehensive picture of the city-state – past and present.
Singapore: A Very Short History — From Temasek to Tomorrow is a fresh, new, and highly-readable account of Singapore’s history. It is a sweeping story of discovery, abandonment, rediscovery and development of what is today one of the world’s greatest port-cities. Brief as this account maybe, it incorporates all the latest research and findings about Singapore’s past, and weaves a concise yet coherent and comprehensive account of the island over the last 700 years.
Beyond familiar foundational myths and stories, this new account weaves Singapore’s story on a wide tapestry – through a cast of princes,
sultans, colonial administrators, occupiers community leaders and politicians – and tells the tale of how they struggled to answer that all-
important question: How do we make this island succeed? Two recurrent themes emerge from this gripping account. First, that Singapore was an unlikely or accidental nation-state; and second, that given its vulnerability to wider regional and international forces, it survived and flourished only because it was able to constantly change and adapt to make itself useful and relevant to the world. And what of tomorrow? Will Singapore survive?
This book is a hopeful response to these questions.