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26 August 2007

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Kenkudus

Progress means the lost of heritage. Even in food, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, dances, and other cultural practices gradually loses out to evolutionary changes.

The transformation is sometimes instant, or gradual, but inevitable.

Daryl

Hi,i'm doing a school project on the conservation of Kampung lorong Buangkok. Was wondering whether there's something very special about kampong buangkok that makes it worth conserving.

Mark

Hi i'm doing one too i was wondering what are the present measures taken to conserve this last kampong

Zoe

hi i am doing my pw project on the conservation of Kampong, too.

as far as i know, government is intend to tear it down and there is not much present measure taken to conserve it.

Daryl and Mark, maybe we can share our information on this subject. This is zoe from njc. you can email me at zozoyezi1991@yahoo.com

Tang Sookyi

Hi, I am also doing a project about the kampong and was wondering if you guys know who I can contact to ask permission to film at the Kampong? Thank you very much.

Tan Jing Xiang

I think the idea of conservation may seem too obvious an answer and might just turn the kampung into a museum - a dead piece of thing no longer LIVED. A case in point would be the conservation of the shophouses in Singapore where the facade of the building must remain original and unaltered while some alterations and additions can be made in the interior space. What happens there is that a strict image is reinforced superficially and may well be fine seeing that most shophouses under conservation laws today are rented for commercial purposes instead of being used a living space. The act of living itself changes and this changes how the spaces look be it outside or inside. Its like one’s bedroom, you change it to suit your fancy or at times for practical purposes. Conservation rules can be a hindrance to living.

The idea of ‘conservation’ is good but I would like to challenge people to think if there are other ways of ‘conserving’. For conservation usually means preservation but it shouldn’t just be about preserving it should also be about addling value (not monetary) to something.

On the question of WHY should we conserve. Again it is too convenient to look at its heritage value as in its immediate historical, cultural, social and economic relevance.

Inherently, I feel the answer is in all of us who feels that it should be saved from the hands of development. Intuitively there is a quality about the spaces there that invokes some feeling in us, and i am not just talking about its mere physicality or materiality I’m also referring to how people use the spaces, how the spaces are because of how people use them, and how in our culture of newness perhaps we are numbed by the newness of things and in fact things that are old are fresh… is progress about new? and is new about throwing away the past and forgetting one’s roots or an image that is part of one’s culture? This idea that progress is the new seems too convenient an equation as well.

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