ARCHITECTURE STUDENT ENTRY
SUMMARY:
A voice-over fiction story: ROCHOR DEMOLISHED

MY INTERPRETATION of BUILDING REVOLUTION:
BUILDING CHANGE PEOPLE'S LIFE

ABOUT:
The film was about the anticipated demolition of a historical building; Rochor centre in Singapore. The film was related to BUILDING REVOLUTION as the soon-to-be demolished building Rochor Centre had influenced & shaped its residents.
The film was a subtle interpretation compared to its broad & dramatic theme "Building Revolution"
To add on, Rochor centre was one of the 1st podium HDB flats built in Singapore in the 1970s. Soon, in 2016, it would be demolished due to a road expansion programme.
The building had a 3 storey commercial podium & 3 blocks of residential units. According to STOMP, "more than 570 families & 190 shops have been given marching orders to make way for the new North-South highway".
It was the 1st of its kind in S'pore housing where people could live, work & play under one roof. Some lived above & sold daily necessities on the podium level. Located within the Arts District , Rochor Centre sold traditional artefacts and handicrafts; attracting temple visitors & tourists nearby.
In the 20th Century, contemporary architecture started to occupy the area; bringing vibrant entertainment, food & fun into the area.

FILM BY LIM SENG HWEE ©

(Refer to news reports :
reallife.stomp.com.sg/stomp/reallife/Life/826150/booted_out_of_rochor_centre_rochors_residents_pt_1.html)

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