“Visualising ‘Asia as Future’ through speculative Southeast Asian Aesthetic Futures” on ARIScope

Following from the ARI Roundtable on Speculative Southeast Asian Aesthetic Urban Futures held on the 31st of May 2022, I discuss Southeast Asian speculative fiction and art as critical and ethnographic counterpoints to the plethora of technological and financial urban futures promoted in Southeast Asia here in this piece, Visualising ‘Asia as Future’ through speculativeContinue reading ““Visualising ‘Asia as Future’ through speculative Southeast Asian Aesthetic Futures” on ARIScope”

ARI Roundtable with Jason Wee and Tita Salina on Speculative Southeast Asian Aesthetic Urban Futures (31st May 2022, 4 – 5.15pm SGT)

Under the Asia Research Institute Asian Urbanisms cluster, I am organising a conversation between Singapore artist/writer Jason Wee and Indonesia artist Tita Salina, two artists based in two different Southeast Asian cities and whose work engages with the notion of ‘Asia as Future’. The artists will be invited to introduce their works and discuss theirContinue reading “ARI Roundtable with Jason Wee and Tita Salina on Speculative Southeast Asian Aesthetic Urban Futures (31st May 2022, 4 – 5.15pm SGT)”

“Words of Weather: A Glossary” (companion publication to ‘Weather Engines’ exhibition)

The art exhibition Weather Engines, which is curated by Daphne Dragona and Jussi Parikka, is running until the 15th of May 2022 at Onassis Stegi in Athens. Edited by the curators, the publication Words of Weather: A Glossary complements the exhibition with entries by academics, artists, philosophers and architects. My entry Extremes in the volumeContinue reading ““Words of Weather: A Glossary” (companion publication to ‘Weather Engines’ exhibition)”

A Critical Conversation for NUS Arts Festival 2022 – “Illuminating the Poetics of Space – Light as Meaning-Making” (16th March 2022, 7.30pm UCC Atrium, National University of Singapore)

I will be participating in a critical conversation with design cartographer Wong Zi Hao, one of the four artists featured in the NUS Museum’s group show Intimate Landscapes. Moderated by Dr Kamalini Ramdas of NUS’ Geography department, we will be discussing nature, urban planning, public space and Zi Hao’s work on embodied mapping of theContinue reading “A Critical Conversation for NUS Arts Festival 2022 – “Illuminating the Poetics of Space – Light as Meaning-Making” (16th March 2022, 7.30pm UCC Atrium, National University of Singapore)”

“Revisiting Jane Jacobs’ Urban Complexity in Global Sustainable City Discourse” published in Architecture_MPS

Recently, my article “Revisiting Jane Jacobs’ Urban Complexity in Global Sustainable City Discourse,” was published in Architecture_MPS, the home journal of Architecture_Media_Politics_Society (UCL Press). The article examines the figural role that American urbanist Jane Jacobs and her idea of urban complexity play in global sustainable city discourse — the discourse that articulates the notion ofContinue reading ““Revisiting Jane Jacobs’ Urban Complexity in Global Sustainable City Discourse” published in Architecture_MPS”

“Smart City, Smart Residents” and “Oakland Ecopolis”

Here are two written articles/entries that I co-wrote with different groups of people. One is a thinkpiece on Seoul’s Smart City developments that I produced from my research internship with The Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore in 2016. The other is an entry on an Oakland-centred ecotopian “plan for a plan” from 1997 thatContinue reading ““Smart City, Smart Residents” and “Oakland Ecopolis””

Salon talk at The Substation for “Discipline the City”

I was very glad to have participated in the Salon Series at The Substation running this year under the theme of ‘Discipline the City’ with Joanne Leow as speakers. Both of us wanted to open up a conversation about ‘street’ art in Singapore, a heavily regulated Southeast Asian city-state — that is, art of theContinue reading “Salon talk at The Substation for “Discipline the City””

Launch of “Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary”

Columbia GSAPP books, through The Avery Review,¬†has published¬†Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary with Lars Mueller Publishers, and it was recently launched at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, along with an installation of books that reflect the intersection of climate with architectural ideas. I am proud to be a contributor to this massive and beautifulContinue reading “Launch of “Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary””