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06 August 2012
Students and mentors involved in the project
Some of the exhibits at NUS Museum
The showcase comes about from a two-week trip to the West Malaysian town of Ipoh where the students studied the city's heritage, assessed its current state of development, and conducted detailed exploration on four shophouses - a trade house, a Sinhalese bar, a charcoal vendor's shop and a seamstress' modern shophouse. The buildings, along with Ipoh's citizenry, comprise an intricate narrative fabric woven from the untold stories and familiar spaces of Old Town and New Town. The fabric defines a cultural richness that appears to resist the test of time.
The telling of Ipoh's heritage poses a challenging task since much of its luster from the past has dimmed. But with a rigorous study of the urban issues concerning its current state and an understanding of the perspectives of the people who call it home, the city's historical essence can be appreciated through the students' perceptive portrayal of its subtle nuances.
A project from the UM-NUS Joint Studio Programme started in 2005 in conjunction with the centenary celebrations of the two Universities, the programme has been funded by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. The first exhibition entitled "Re:Claiming Heritage" was presented at NUS Museum in 2009, followed by "Tracing Taiping" and "Narrating Muar" in subsequent years.
By NUS Museum and NUS Department of Architecture