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Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group is registered 13th Oct 1966

The Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group (SPUR) was formed around 1964–1965 to discuss issues related to the physical planning and development of Singapore at the time.[1] SPUR  registered as  a society on  13 October 1966.[2]

SPUR was made up mainly of young architects and planners from Singapore’s private and public sectors, who were idealistic and passionate about the efforts to modernise Singapore.[3] Among them were Tay Kheng Soon and William Lim.[4] Their alternative ideas and strategies were discussed at workshops, seminars, lectures and exhibitions, and in magazines they published.[5] One of SPUR’s successful proposals was the call to move the airport from Paya Lebar to Changi.[6]

SPUR de-registered as a society in 1975.[7] By then, it had contributed much to the debate over the planning of modern Singapore.[8]

References
1. Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group. (1967). SPUR 65/67 (unpaged). Singapore: Singapore Planning & Urban Research Group. Call no.: RCLOS 711.4095957 SIN; Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group. (1967). SPUR 68–71 (p.1). Singapore: Singapore Planning & Urban Research Group. Call no.: RCLOS 711.4095957 SIN.
2. Republic of Singapore. Government Gazette (1974, June 21). (G.N. 1956, p. 2311). Singapore: Singapore National Printers. Call no.: RSING 348.5957 SGG.
3. Lim, W. S. W. (2004). Architecture, art, identity in Singapore: Is there life after tabula rasa? (pp. 21–22). Singapore: Asian Urban Lab. Call no.: RSING 720.95957 LIM.
4. Elite told: Guard the social order. (1971, May 19). The Straits Times, p. 21. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Lim, 2004, p. 22.
6. Lim, 2004, p. 22; ‘Develop Changi airfield’ call by SPUR. (1971, February 24). The Straits Times, p. 7; Airport expansion plans: SPUR to answer govt arguments. (1971, March 1). The Straits Times, p. 19; Spur to progress. (1971, March 6). The Straits Times, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. Heng, R. (1990, December 30). This is the year of civil society… The Straits Times, p. 18. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Republic of Singapore. Government Gazette (1975, July 4). (G.N. 2056, p. 2598). Singapore: Singapore National Printers. Call no.: RSING 348.5957 SGG; Government Gazette, 21 Jun 1974, G.N. 1956, p. 2311.
8. The Straits Times, 30 Dec 1990, p. 18.

 

The information in this article is valid as at 2014 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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