City Stories: Mapping the Spatial Narratives of Singapore’s Landscapes (Beta version)

ADM/URA research collaboration “City Stories” to be launched as part of the 2020 Singapore Heritage Festival:​

19 June – 5 July, 2020

A research project developed at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) under the direction of Assistant Professor Kristy H.A. Kang and supported by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), this multimedia platform invites viewers to learn more about the rich history of Telok Ayer Street and Amoy Street. This community storytelling website combines urban and ethnic studies to help share public narratives of place and geographies of cultural memory embedded in this historic district. 

Explore the transformation of this area from shoreline to skyline through maps. Go on a virtual tour of the streets via video interviews with past residents as well as researchers and scholars. Scroll through the neighbourhood as if you were strolling in a panoramic streetscape of photos from the URA. Select a shophouse to explore its stories. See photos of the 1960s to 1980s, taken from the vaults of the URA archives and made public for the first time. Browse through a gallery of selected paintings and historic images from the National Archives and National Museum and view other materials that capture a glimpse of these streets as they’ve evolved over time.

The BETA version of the platform is available at so do take a walk down Singapore’s street of harmony and diversity.