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Saving Singapore’s Architectural History, One Building at a Time

Soaring skyscrapers dominate Singapore’s skyline, but the city-state’s older structures—historic churches, temples and heritage buildings—are also gems that need to be preserved for future generations.

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For the past 20 years, architectural conservationist Yeo Kang Shua has devoted himself to that very cause. It’s painstaking work, but for Shua, it’s a labor of love. To date, he’s been honored with three UNESCO awards for his efforts.

His projects include putting together a database of the colour profiles and paint types used by the designers of Singapore’s historic buildings.

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This requires him to make tiny incisions in the walls of temples, shophouses and residential buildings, and analyse the samples taken at the university’s laboratory.The architecture of Singapore displays a range of influences and styles from different places and periods.