A city's future is built - literally - on its past; many ways to approach conservation

Conservation does not just mean turning a building into a monument that prohibits commercial use. There are many other approaches, including integrating a new building with the old. When done well, conservation is part of a visual telling of the Singapore story.

The loss of Singapore's modern architectural heritage - such as the National Theatre at the foot of Fort Canning Park and the National Library in Stamford Road - is still lamented by some Singaporeans.

And their sense of loss has been heightened since the news in February of the sale of Pearl Bank Apartments, and in the next month, the announcement that People's Park Complex and Golden Mile Complex have been put up for collective sale.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2018, with the headline 'A city's future is built - literally - on its past'. Print Edition | Subscribe