You know how in the filler episodes of long-running TV shows the cast will say something like; “Hey, remember that one time we were all road trip to a ski lodge in Aspen for a fun weekend getaway in a misguided bid to heal our divisions, but then got stuck on the road leading to the lodge and Karen had to go out and find help and our social tensions burst open for a good 22 minutes but eventually we ended up feeling better through mediated confrontation?”; yet you’re just like everything about this plot is so ludicrous, this was a massive waste of an episode, but you still watch the episode? This post is like that. I have found the fast-paced essay writing that I have made Site Visits to be enormous fun, but the research-heavy side of things has led me to lose productivity elsewhere in the content creation pipeline. Mainly, the high-quality photographing part. So I want to make today’s article short and sweet so I can go out and photograph this view again and bring you better images.Read More
If it wasn’t for a leaf and a nut, Singapore would not be what it is today, and I learned this by looking at Emerald Hill Road. This history starts with the introduction of colonialism to Singapore in 1819, connecting the small tropical island with the European economy. Once the profitable relationship with the East India Company became available, colonizers and Chinese Immigrants alike took to the disastrous task of deforestation to satiate the demand for gambier leaves and nutmeg seeds. By fitting in the middle of three distinct periods, the history of Emerald Hill represents how suburban Singapore is connected to the colonial origins of the nation through agricultural deforestation, suburbanization, and urbanization.Read More
How could a building possibility hold cultural value? Architecture is not just about bricks and mortar. The structural design imbues ideologies and beliefs into our built environments, and from that our human responses are what define us. Culture comes from the peculiar habits and ongoings that are afforded by the places we call home, which is why Dakota Crescent is of such great significance to the history of architecture.Read More
Pulau Ubin is a small island northeast of mainland Singapore accessible to tourists by bumboats from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The boat is the first environment to signal the island's identity. The fare is a mere $3 per ride, and passengers are to sit on a basic wooden bench facing each other. It appears like a miracle that anything in Singapore could be in such a condition considered the harsh domination of modernity in mainland Singapore. There are none of the HDB flats and expressways so common to the city. The island’s identity is as an escape into the past, but its very existence is dependent on Singapore’s Modernity.Read More
LITTLE COMPTON—Rhode Island. Yes, it’s real, and not a conspiracy by Delaware to avoid being labeled the smallest state in the US! The images for this post were captured in late August.
This is just my second time visiting Little Compton, but the first time visiting with a keen eye for architecture and landscaping. Also, the first time was November and the weather was absolutely miserable. I’m pleased with how the images have turned out, and it also turned my interest in getting to understanding a bit about how the area came to be what it is now. At the surface, a deep admiration for colonialist tradition was evident. The British-style stone walls and rolling green fields look like an attempted carbon copy of the British countryside. So, I do that. Join along for a little dig into the origins of Little Compton.Read More