kent ridge

Place Histories of Kent Ridge

By Lai Chee Kien



Kent Ridge is part of the older Pasir Panjang Ridge that straddle parallel to the old southwestern coast of Singapore. Named for the visit of British royalty, it is now associated more with the university that has nestled onto its slopes, NUS. Sited midway between the downtown area and Jurong industrial estate, it was hoped that it would serve the interests of both these areas during the days of early independent Singapore. These are, however, just some of the better-known aspects of the area’s past. This talk will discuss many more strands of histories that gave the area its distinct histories and identities.


About Lai Chee Kien

Lai Chee Kien is an architectural and urban historian, and also a registered architect in Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an M Arch. by research [1996], and a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley [2005]. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur (2007), Cords to Histories (2013), Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin (2015) [Best Non-Fiction Title, 2016], Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence (2016) [Book of the Year, 2017] and The Merdeka Interviews (co-written 2018). He researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia.

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