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Screenings: Re-Thinking the City – Film documentaries reflecting urban dynamics selected by Dr Marc Glöde, Visiting Scholar NTU ADM/CCA Singapore

7 Jan 2017, Sat 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
14 Jan 2017, Sat 04:00 PM - 07:30 PM
The Single Screen


03-FLATS, Lei Yuan Bin, concept and research by Dr Lilian Chee, National University of Singapore and 13 Little Pictures. Singapore, 2014, 90 min

03 - FLATS - Lingnah Promo Still

Image credit: Lei Yuan Bin and Dr Lilian Chee, 03-FLATS, Singapore, 2014, 90 min. Courtesy the filmmakers.

Singapore’s public housing programme—an inclusive space that prioritises families and intergenerational living—is arguably the most successful in the world. Amidst this backdrop, 03-FLATS follows the domestic experiences of three single women who are at different stages of their lives. Looking from within each flat, the architectural essay film moves between the women’s distinctively lived interiors and the ordered public spaces beyond. It records how domestic resilience might resist the ennui of mass housing, turning housing into home. 03-FLATS is a key filmic output of a research initiative led by Dr Lilian Chee (Department of Architecture, NUS). Chee conceptualised the project and made the architectural essay film in collaboration with award-winning Singaporean director and filmmaker Lei Yuan Bin (13 Little Pictures). The film probes how domesticity—a critical component wherein home is produced—may be viscerally represented and experientially encountered.

03-FLATS has screened in 12 cities worldwide. It was in chosen to compete at the Busan International Film Festival (2014) and won the best ASEAN documentary at the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival (2015). It was recently featured in the Singapore Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2016).

The screening of this film is supported by Asian Film Archives, Singapore.

Building Dreams – In search of Singapore Architecture, Singapore, 2002 – 2004, 198 min

Building Dreams

Image credit: Building Dreams – In search of Singapore Architecture, an 8-part series directed by various filmmakers, produced by XTREME Media Pte Ltd, 2002 – 2004. Courtesy XTREME Media Pte Ltd.

Building Dreams is an eight-part documentary that explores the development of Singapore’s built heritage. The series features key architects and planners who have played an important role in the shaping of Singapore’s present cityscape.

Episode 1: Dawn of a New Era, directed by Tan Pin Pin, 25 min
Episode 2: Reinventing the Skyline, directed by Tan Pin Pin, 23 min
Episode 3: The Living Landscape, directed by Tania Sng, 24 min
Episode 4: Reflections on the Urbanscape, directed by Gek Li San, 24 min
Episode 5: Living in the Tropics, directed by Yee Chang Kang, 25 min
Episode 6: Spaces of Memory, directed by Tan Pin Pin, 26 min
Episode 7: Constructions of Identity, directed by Juan Foo, 26 min
Episode 8: Future Landscapes, directed by Gek Li San, 26 min

The screening of this film is supported by XTREME Media Pte Ltd. For more information, visit or

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This Screening is part of the public programme of Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice.


Lei Yuan Bin (Singapore) is a founding member of the film collective 13 Little Pictures. He was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2012 by the National Arts Council. 03-FLATS, his sophomore feature was selected for documentary competition at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival. FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY, his third feature, was co-directed with Tan Bee Thiam, featuring the cinematography of Christopher Doyle.

Dr Lilian Chee (Singapore) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Trained in architectural design, history, and theory, her research interests intersect architectural representation, domesticity, gender, and affect. Dr Chee conceptualised and researched on the award-winning architectural essay film 03-FLATS (NUS and 13 Little Pictures, 2014) which has been shown in 12 cities. She was also co-editor of Asian Cinema and the Use of Space (Routledge, 2015). Her current book project looks at affect and architectural discourse in the Singapore context.

Dr Marc Glöde (Germany/Singapore) is an independent curator, critic and film scholar. He studied film studies, comparative literature and Dutch philology at the Free University in Berlin where he also received his PhD. Dr Glöde has curated numerous exhibitions and film programmes since the mid-1990s, and was the curator of Art Basel Film (2008-2014), and the curator/senior advisor of the abc Berlin (2010-2012). Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department for Architecture at the ETH Zürich as well as a research fellow at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf. Dr Glöde is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.

Image credit: Lei Yuan Bin and Dr Lilian Chee, 03-FLATS, Singapore, 2014, 90 min. Courtesy the filmmakers.