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Students revive old Kg Glam in 3-D

Project gets permanent spot at heritage centre
The Straits Times - May 4, 2012
By: Miranda Yeo
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Students revive old Kg Glam in 3-D (L-R) Mr Iskandar Nasri, Mr Ooi Zheng Wei and Mr Shafiq A. Razak with a mock-up version of their 3-D digital model of Kampong Glam. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

THREE Temasek Polytechnic students will see their final-year project come to life in the form of a new permanent exhibit at the Malay Heritage Centre.

Mr Ooi Zheng Wei, Mr Shafiq A. Razak and Mr Iskandar Nasri have created a three-dimensional digital model of Kampong Glam.

The trio, all final-year students in Temasek Polytechnic's 3-D interactive media technology course, said they chose the area due to its complex architectural features.

The place also holds rich historical and cultural significance for Mr Shafiq, 22, and 20-year-old Mr Iskandar, who are both Malay.

Mr Ooi, 20, wanted to immerse himself in another culture. 'Singapore is so cosmopolitan, I want to learn about another culture since I have so many good Malay friends,' he said.

The trio approached the centre - which has been undergoing an extensive $3 million makeover - with the help of their lecturer, after learning that it is in the middle of revamping its main exhibit.

As luck would have it, the revamp aimed to emphasise Kampong Glam's historic significance as a trading hub.

A spokesman for the National Heritage Board, which manages the centre, said: 'This is part of our broader aim to reach out and appeal to more young people.'

The students have analysed blueprints retrieved from the national archives, interviewed previous residents of the area and even profiled the former tenants of Kampong Glam in a bid to piece together a historically accurate picture of the area.

'We want it to be portrayed the way it really was in that era so people get a real walk-through of the old Kampong Glam,' said Mr Ooi.

The final product will take visitors through an interactive 3-D tour of the area on a large screen.

It will be complemented by artefacts, information panels and audio aids, and will make up one of five new permanent galleries which will follow the layout of a traditional Malay house.

The centre occupies the site of a palace, Istana Kampong Glam, which was the seat of Singapore's Malay royalty in the 19th century when the British administered the island.

It will re-open to visitors on Sept 2.

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