Sri Lanka should avoid destroying historical buildings: Singapore don

Oct 07, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka should avoid the mistake of destroying historical buildings when cities are modernized and demand for land and real estate rises, a Singapore-based academic told a forum in Colombo. Separately an advisory board to the National Museum has written to the president saying that the boundary wall has been declared as being part of a national monument and pulling it down would also fully expose the museum to pollution from the road. “Obviously the issue of renewal, re-development and regeneration is something you cannot avoid,” Yu Shi Ming, a professor from the real estate department of the National University of Singapore has said.

“I just want to put as a word of advice. As you progress, hopefully you will not repeat the mistake of many Asian countries including Singapore, which is to take out a lot of our historical buildings.

“We only realized a bit too late in the case of Singapore.”

Singapore, a small Malay fishing village in 1819, was eventually transformed into Asia’s most advanced city. It has a land area of 712 square kilometres and a population of over five million.

Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is going through a rapid modernization after the end of a