Documenting Kallang, Singapore Heritage Festival (2020)

Detailed Documentation

Heritage assessments typically guide planners and decision-makers in charge of deciding the fate of a building or complex. Such assessments, which discuss the architectural, social and historical merits of a given structure, are in-depth and detail rich.

The Kallang precinct as we know it today, is home to Singapore’s premier sporting hub.

But the story of Kallang goes beyond the island’s active sporting scene. In fact, Kallang’s old landmarks are representative of some of the country’s important 20th century nation-building efforts. My Community weaved together a narrative of the pioneering developments which blossomed in Kallang for a series of exhibition panels commissioned by the National Heritage Board for its annual Singapore Heritage Festival which took place in June and July 2020.

My Community’s research homed in on Kallang landmarks such as the former Police Coast Guard Headquarters and the old Kallang Airport. It also detailed the history behind the Kallang Basin area at large. The organisation supplemented this research with exciting yesteryear photos of Kallang. Among the images it curated are photos of members of the old Police Coast Guard hard at work patrolling Singapore’s waters.

Kallang is one of three locations the Singapore Heritage Festival 2020 zoomed in on. The others were Tanjong Pagar and Pasir Ris.