Huey Hoong Chan

The Monument

Modes of urban authority traditionally seen to be wielded by the State, such as the production of public realms, provision of security and administration of infrastructure, are now shifting into the hands of the private Corporation.

In line with such erosion of state sovereignty is the emergence of a specific type of capsular urbanism - the mixed-use masterplan.

The Monument extrapolates this tendency to produce an image of capitalism in the countryside that is stripped of its current pretences, namely the nostalgia towards a past means of production, the postcolonial idea of sustainable tourism, and the fetishization of nature as a picturesque object whose fragility must be dealt with nimbly.