Photographs to remind what demolished old estates in Singapore looked like

Hobbyist photographer Koh Kim Chay feels deeply rooted in Singapore's public housing estates. For almost three decades, using an analogue film camera, he has documented thousands of homes before they were demolished.

Mr Koh hopes to publish a photo book of 27 old estates, titled Singapore's Vanished Public Housing Estates. Working with him is photographer and former teacher Eugene Ong, 39, who helped to curate the pictures and did research for the accompanying text.


Last month, they started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise US$10,000 (S$14,000) to cover the design and printing cost of 500 copies.

The book is designed by Do Not Design, a creative agency specialising in work for art, culture and commerce. So far, the duo have raised about 86 per cent of their target. The campaign will end on May 10. Go to igg.me/at/svphe to support the crowdfunding campaign.

Photo: A field in Seletar West Farmway 6 in March 2004. The estate, which comprised seven blocks of four-storey flats, was completed by the HDB in 1979 and located in an area of pig and poultry farms. Small self-contained public housing estates were built to resettle rural dwellers displaced by land acquisition. After residents were relocated in 2004, the blocks were converted into a foreign workers’ dormitory.