Conserve a building, save the planet

There’s a new reason to preserve Singapore’s landmark modernist buildings: the reduction of carbon emissions by extending their lives instead of demolishing them

Buildings like Golden Mile Complex (left) – which the Urban Redevelopment Authority has recently proposed for conservation – are not just cultural capital that speaks to our sense of history, say the writers. They are also environmental capital suggesting a pathway to a low-carbon future. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
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Many heritage enthusiasts have been discussing the value of 1950s-1970s modernist icons as cultural capital that embodies the visionary ideals and architectural prowess of Singapore's pioneering planners, developers, builders and architects.

But buildings such as Golden Mile Complex - which the Urban Redevelopment Authority has recently proposed for conservation, People's Park Complex and Wing On Life Building are not just cultural capital that speaks to our sense of history. They are also environmental capital suggesting a pathway to a low carbon future.

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