The Hard State, Soft City of Singapore
The Hard State, Soft City of Singapore
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Introduction: The Master Narrative and the Lived City-Half a Century of Imagining Singapore
Simone Shu-Yeng Chung and Mike Douglass

Part I (De)-Constructing Master Narratives of the City
1. Singapore Songlines Revisited: The World Class Complex and the Multiple Deaths of Context
Mark R. Frost
2. On the Banning of a Film: Tan Pin Pin's To Singapore, with Love
Olivia Khoo
3. The City State of Singapore's Territorial and Social Management Dilemmas: Reminiscing about Classical Athens
Rodolphe De Koninck

Part II The Arts as Prisms of the Urban Imaginative
4. The Address of Art and the Scale of Other Places
Weng Choy Lee
5. Forming Cityscapes: Small Interventions and Appropriations in the City
Gideon Kong and Jamie Yeo
6. The Sinophone as Lyrical Aesthetics Redefined: In the Case of Contemporary Singapore Chinese Language Poetics
Chow Teck Seng
7. Noisy People, Noisy Places: Trouble and Meaning in Singapore
Steve Ferzacca

Part III The City Possible in Action
8. Place Management/Making: The Policy and Practice of Arts-Centred Spatial Interventions in Singapore
Hoe Su Fern
9. Conviviality in Clementi: The Flowering of a Local Social Housing Community
Goh Wei Leong
10. Mediating Community in Bukit Brown
Natalie Pang and Liew Kai Khiun
11. Collaborative Imaginaries: Social Experiments, Free Schools and Counterpublics in Singapore
Huiying Ng
12. The Invisible Electorate: Political Campaign Participation as the Production of an Alternative National Space
Emily Chua Hui Ching

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"The virtue of Hard State, Soft City lies in provoking challenging questions to the reader. Do humans live by bread alone?"
Susan S. Fainstein, Pacific Affairs, Volume 96, no. 1 (March 2023).

Simone Shu-Yeng Chung, Mike Douglass (red.)

The Hard State, Soft City of Singapore

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With Singapore serving as the subject of exploration, The Hard State, Soft City of Singapore explores the purview of imaginative representations of the city. Alongside the physical structures and associated practices that make up our lived environment, and conceptualized space engineered into material form by bureaucrats, experts and commercial interests, a perceptual layer of space is conjured out of people’s everyday life experiences. While such imaginative projections may not be as tangible as its functional designations, they are nonetheless equally vital and palpable. The richness of its inhabitants’ memories, aspirations and meaningful interpretations challenges the reduction of Singapore as a Generic City. Taking the imaginative field as the point of departure, the forms and modes of intellectual and creative articulations of Singapore’s urban condition probe the resilience of cities and the people who reside in them, through the images they convey or evoke as a means for collective expressions of human agency in placemaking.

Simone Shu-Yeng Chung

Simone Shu-Yeng Chung is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and a M.Phil. in Screen Media and Cultures from the University of Cambridge and has practiced as an architect in the UK.

Mike Douglass

Mike Douglass is Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning, University of Hawaii. At the National University of Singapore (2012-2018), he was a Professor at the Asia Research Institute. His research includes globalization and the city, progressive cities, creative communities, and environmental disasters.