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Big Thinking on A Small Island. The writings and ruminations of Tay Kheng Soon.

Big Thinking on A Small Island. The writings and ruminations of Tay Kheng Soon.


Tay Kheng Soon is one of Singapore’s most important public intellectuals and thinkers. A pioneering architect of Singapore’s post-independence era, Tay belongs to a select group of individuals who literally put their footprints on Singapore’s development — physically and intellectually. He was Chairman of the Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group (SPUR) in the 1970s and later president of the Singapore Institute of Architects, receiving its Gold Medal in 2010. His design research extends beyond architectural scale to urban planning and finally to the global scale. Tay is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a member of the World Ekistics Society, and founding Chairman of the Substation, the experimental centre of the Arts community.


Beyond thinking about suitable built forms for the tropics, and the aesthetics of design, Tay takes a holistic approach to planning the built environment and wrote prolifically about these ideas. This collection brings together, for the first time, Tay’s writings on these and various other topics that occupied him in a lifetime of thinking, teaching, building and expounding. His range is vast, traversing subjects as diverse as outdoor education, urban morphology, town planning, national identity, regionalism, ageing in place and the political economy of design.

SKU: 978-981-14-1098-9

    Kevin YL Tan is one of Singapore's leading scholars of constitutional law and legal history. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Visiting Professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Kevin has written and edited over 50 books on the law, history and politics of Singapore, and has co-edited, with Terence Lee, Voting in Change: Politics of Singapore’s 2011 General Election and Change in Voting: Singapore’s 2015 General Election (both with Ethos Books). He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law.


    ISBN: 978-981-14-1098-9

    Author: Kevin YL Tan & Alvin Tan

    Book Size: 260mm x 260mm, Flexi-bind

    Pages: 738

    Price: $120/- (before GST)

    Year: 2021

    Publisher: Equilibrium Consulting Pte Ltd

    Distributor: Word Image Pte Ltd

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