Exactly Foundation: Flat Out to Keep


There was much noise from many corners when the decision to demolish Rochor Centre was announced in November 2011. Many more voices probably went unheard by the time the residents of Rochor Centre completed their relocation seven years later in February 2018. Demolition began in June 2018 with scaffolding and sound barriers covering up the iconic rainbow-coloured public housing estate, like huge curtains falling on the Rochor Centre stage. It is as if a play has ended and the stage is now permanently closed, after 40 years of bringing joy and tears to audiences.

Flat Out to Keep is the second instalment of Lau Eng Seng’s three-part series titled Till We Meet Again, on the demolition of Rochor Centre to build part of the new North-South Corridor by the mid 2020s.

The keynote essay, Covering Up, Building Over, by Lai Chee Kien presents a thorough history of building in the Rochor Centre area that brings to light the many changes and displacements over time. Dr. Lai is an architectural and urban historian, as well as a registered architect in Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Master in Architecture by research [1996] and a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley [2005].

About Lau Eng Seng

Lau Eng Seng graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Nanyang Technological University. He has exhibited actively overseas and in Singapore, and won second place at the 2013 International Photography Awards.

About Exactly Foundation

Exactly Foundation is a not-for-profit, trademarked registered label established by Li Li Chung to commission photographers to create works that stimulate discussion of social concerns in Singapore. Its goal is to produce new knowledge by having viewers engage with the photographs and share them with friends and family over a 2-3 month period.

5 in stock


BY Lau Eng Seng
YEAR 2019
DETAILS Paperback, sale-stitched, 2 sections bound by belly band, 66pp
21cm x 29.7cm

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