Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice
Interior of People's Park Complex, 1973. Designed by Design Partnership (succeeded by DP Architects). Courtesy DP Architects.
Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice
29 Oct 2016 - 29 Jan 2017  EXHIBITION HOURS
Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice is an open-ended exhibition that serves as a laboratory of ideas, exploring the indeterminacy and changeability of urban living. Borrowing its title from eminent Singapore architect William S. W. Lim’s book Incomplete Urbanism: A Critical Urban Strategy for Emerging Economies (2012), this multifaceted project takes his practice and the initiatives of the Asian Urban Lab that Lim started with colleagues in 2003, as a point of departure. It presents various researches into the spatial, cultural and social aspects of city life according to the publications Lim was involved with.

Acknowledging Lim’s contributions as a prolific urban theorist and catalyst of ideas, whose vision asks that we reconsider the traditions of Asian architecture for the “contemporary vernacular”, Incomplete Urbanism is a direct response to his critical ideas – a space is generated to encourage participation and agency.

Lim’s key ideas will be explored by commissioned projects from several contributors, including Dr Marc Glöde (Germany/Singapore), film curator, Visiting Scholar, School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore; Laura Miotto (Italy/Singapore), Associate Professor, NTU ADM; Shirley Surya (Indonesia/Hong Kong), Associate Curator for Design and Architecture, M+, Hong Kong and NTU CCA Singapore Visiting Research Fellows; Dr Etienne Turpin (Canada/Indonesia), Research Associate, Urban Risk Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States; and Sissel Tolaas (Norway/Germany), smell researcher and artist.

Incomplete Urbanism
seeks to present a dynamic space to engage urban issues, through discussions, debates, a programme on classic Singapore films, workshops and other collective efforts.

Curators, NTU CCA Singapore
Ute Meta Bauer, FoundingDirector
Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Exhibitions, Residencies and Public Programmes
Magdalena Magiera, Curator, Outreach and Education

The Impossibility Of Mapping (Urban Asia)
14, 25 – 26 November 2016

Keynote Lecture in Honour of William S.W. Lim: Contesting Modernity in Asia: reaching towards a Non-West Modernist Past; reflections on the thinking of William Lim
14 November 2016
URA Function Hall, Level 5, The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road
By Professor Leon van Schaik (South Africa/Australia), Innovation Professor of Architecture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia.

25 – 26 November 2016
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road
Imagining the Unimaginable, panel conceived and chaired by William S. W. Lim (Singapore). Mid-Century Modern: Forms and Spaces in Cities extends the debate to the wider Southeast Asian region and is chaired by Roger Nelson (Australia/Cambodia), independent curator.

Projects, Workshops and Activities
13 – 22 January 2017
Gillman Barracks, various locations
Titled CITIES FOR PEOPLE, this pilot edition comprises a wide diversity of events. Artists, architects, designers bring to life some of the ideas through collaborative experiences. Issues of sustainability, food, biodiversity, energy and water resources will be addressed in various parts of the Gillman Barracks arts precinct.

19 – 21 January 2017
Gillman Barracks, various locations
A summit will take a broader look at spatial practices on the social, cultural, and political constructions of space.

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)
Exhibitions: Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109443. Research Centre and Office: Block 6 Lock Road, #01-09/10, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108934

Exhibition Hours
Tue - Sun: 12.00 - 7.00pm
Fri: 12.00 - 9.00pm
Mon: Closed
Open on Public Holidays
Free Admission

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