Is that building ugly, or a vital part of Singapore's heritage?

From far left: Senior research analyst Paveena Seah; Dr Leong Chan-Hoong, head of the Institute of Policy Studies' Social Lab; and senior research fellow Natalie Pang. The researchers hope the study's findings can better equip policymakers in their a
From far left: Senior research analyst Paveena Seah; Dr Leong Chan-Hoong, head of the Institute of Policy Studies' Social Lab; and senior research fellow Natalie Pang. The researchers hope the study's findings can better equip policymakers in their approach towards built heritage conservation, education and engagement.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO
Clifford Pier was among the top five most important heritage places to focus group respondents.
Clifford Pier was among the top five most important heritage places to focus group respondents. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The dove playground at Dakota Crescent was among heritage places deemed less important to respondents.
The dove playground at Dakota Crescent was among heritage places deemed less important to respondents. ST FILE PHOTO

Public may not share experts' sentiments on importance of some old structures: Study

Many in the architecture and heritage communities believe the horseshoe-shaped Pearl Bank Apartments in Outram - which is at risk of demolition - is a beacon of modern Singaporean architecture and should be retained.

But a new study indicates that members of the public do not share that sentiment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 24, 2018, with the headline 'Is that building ugly, or a vital part of heritage?'. Print Edition | Subscribe