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“Progressive Once More”: Rejuvenating Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Southeast Asia

This year, mASEANa (Modern ASEAN Architecture) is honoured to have Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Singapore officiating at the conference. Gathering approximately 200 policy makers, building professionals, developers and students across South East Asia and Japan, we will be discussing an alternative model of redevelopment that fulfil land-use objectives without wholesale demolition, feasible for rapidly developing cities in Southeast Asia.

Modernist buildings and landscapes in South-East Asia stand as a tangible and concrete embodiment of the region’s heroic post-independence nation-building era. Built between a couple of decades in the mid-20th century, the best examples possess high urban, architectural, social and economic significance. However, unrecognised as heritage and faced with mounting redevelopment pressures, these modern complexes are at a watershed moment. What are the alternative models of urban regeneration without tabula-rasa renewal?

The conference aims to uncover and showcase how innovative adaptive reuse of modernist buildings and sites - once seen as avant-garde and progressive - could imbue a new lease of life and recover their 'cutting edge' through creative planning, programming and design, tackling pressing global issues such as environmental sustainability and urban liveability.

31 October from 2pm to 6pm (Opening Keynote and ASEAN panel #1) and 1 November from 9am to 1pm (ASEAN panel #2 and #3)

Keynote speakers

  • Yamana Yoshiyuki | Docomomo International
  • Chua Ai Lin | Executive Director, Singapore Heritage Society
  • Prominent scholars and practitioners from ASEAN countries including:
    • Eunice Seng | Singapore | Associate Professor, HKU
    • Setiadi Sopandi | Indonesia | Architect, Curator, Lecturer
    • Wong Chung Wan | Singapore | Director, MAEK Consulting

1 November, from 2pm to 6pm (M-6PM)

  • Special Plenary Session: ‘Rejuvenating Modern Buildings: The Social and Economic Values of Heritage’
  • Opening Remarks by Mr Desmond Lee | Minister for Social & Family Affairs + Second Minister for National Development


  • Donovan Rypkema | Heritage Strategies International | US
  • Elain Harwood | Historic England | UK
  • Mark Latham | Urban Splash | UK
  • Susan Macdonald | Getty Conservation Institute | US
  • Malone Lee Lai Choo | NUS Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities | Singapore
  • Moderated by Sarah Ichioka | Desire Lines | Singapore

Post conference tours/exhibitions/film screenings

More information on these events will be posted on the Docomomo Singapore Facebook page.

About the mASEANa project

mASEANa (Modern ASEAN Architecture) is series of conferences and workshops coordinated by Docomomo Japan and the University of Tokyo, and supported by Docomomo International and ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for 20th Century Heritage. The series receives funding from the Japan Foundation and Toyota Foundation. Previous conferences have been held in both Tokyo and Southeast Asian cities, such as Bangkok (2018), Jakarta (2018) and Hanoi (2017). This year, it will be held in Singapore before next year's final conference in Tokyo to coincide with Docomomo International Conference and Tokyo Olympics. The local organizing committee consists of Docomomo-Sg working group-in progress, NUS-Dept of Architecture and Singapore Heritage Society.

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