Monocle on Design

Conserving architecture in Asia

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6 April 2021

Episode 495

30 minutes


Photo: W Workspace, Courtesy of Chat Architects

We venture to Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore to find out how architects retain the local character and culture of historic buildings, while redesigning sites for contemporary use.

6 April 2021

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Chapter 1

11 minutes


Photo: W Workspace, Courtesy of Chat Architects

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Chapter 1

Chatpong Chuenrudeemol

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The founder of Chat Architects shares how the local design vernacular of his home city of Bangkok influences his approach to design.

11 minutes

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Chapter 2

7 minutes


Photo: Courtesy of Crafts on Peel

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Chapter 2

Crafts on Peel

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We visit the creative venue celebrating traditional craft in Hong Kong. There, we learn how the architect Annette Chu sensitively preserved and intervened with the tenement building to bring it up to date.

7 minutes

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Chapter 3

8 minutes


Photo: Courtesy of Thames and Hudson

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Chapter 3

Mok Wei Wei

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Singaporean architect Mok Wei Wei talks about his work and the role that designers, bureaucrats and designers play in conserving important architecture.

8 minutes

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