Singapore fling at Raffles

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Screenshot of the Raffles Hotel, along the waterfront in Singapore. (

Trump has landed in Singapore and so have we, courtesy of Expedia. I’ve noted the virtuosity of Expedia’s travel videos, which tend to focus on cities’ historic districts and ancient architecture, leaving the modernist kudzu to shock you once you have already got tickets and already arrived. Seriously, Expedia merely recognizes human nature, and caters to its desires – which yearn more to quaff a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel (in a traditional building) than to bear up under the glare of modern architecture – so like a dictator’s haircut! Nah. Been there, seen that, as most people have. So beat the news cycle and enjoy Singapore before the summit begins!

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Singapore fling at Raffles

  1. Beautiful and lush…getting a kick out of hearing the reporters talk abut the humidity and how bottled water is room temperature (of course) and not ice cold…


  2. petervanerp says:

    Been there, paid too much for a drink in the Long Bar…. it’ll be there long after Marina Bay is a smoking ruin.


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