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Study of Abandonment: Chosen sites

  • The Face of Abandonment: exploring abandonment as a visual form

I did some searches on the abandoned places in Singapore and made a list of sites I was comfortable documenting:

Bukit Timah Railway station, Keppel Hill Reservoir, Mount Serapong, Istana Woodneuk, Dakota Crescent

A useful site which updates on the accessibility

I further narrowed down to 3 places using these 2 factors:

  1. Accessibility and safety
  2. Uniqueness of site
  3. History

Chosen sites are Bukit Timah Railway station, Dakota Crescent and Keppel Hill Reservoir.

Bukit Timah Railway Station


  • Accessible and open to public
  • announced conservation in 2011, part of ‘Rail Corridor’
  • The first railway in Singapore, constructed in 1903 and subsequently bought by Malaysia’s KTM
  •  Unique architecture of identifiable cast iron railway bridge

Dakota Crescent


  •  built by the colonial government’s SIT organisation in 1958
  •  substantial history and has many valuable architectural styles which cannot be found in the modern public housing estates anymore
  •  various unique architectural elements of British architectural styles

Keppel Hill Reservoir

Textures of Abandonment│Final

The kind of paper was difficult. I got 2 kinds of paper, 1 heavily textured one, which is wayyyy warmer. You can’t really see the texture here but its pretty in real life!!

I think you can see the textures under light better:

Another one is off-white, not much of a texture but you can see the grains. Is it recycled paper?? idk I’m not a paper pro. Are they even called grains? Just know there are dots.

Here they are side by side:

I choose the one on the right as it is more yellow and textured(since my project was about textures). I also liked that the yellow gave a very old and aging feel(which also matched Dakota crescent’s circumstances).

So yes, here are the rest of my pages: 

That’s all for my zine! I enjoyed this journey very much. Overall I think my zine turned out like a nice ageing notebook and I’m very satisfied with that.