Many cities in Asia have a number of colonial-era buildings that remain standing till today. Often, these buildings were conceived as public institution, built with good ‘bones’ to support their lives for decades—if not centuries—to come. Yet, many of these buildings have stood empty and unused. This could be due to their functions falling out of relevance, or the architecture falling out of favour, deemed as being ‘too old’ as a result of rapid urbanisation in the city context that hankers for new and newer.

Some of these buildings could still be reused, if not for their historical value, then surely from a sustainability stance of minimising demolition and all its negative effects. If so, keen, thorough analyses need to be done to determine their present-day condition; ...

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