Ngee Ann City Reviews – Singapore Shopping Malls
Ngee Ann City is a commercial and civic project, the result of a collaboration between Ngee Ann Development Pte Ltd (NAD) and Orchard Square Development Corporation Pte Ltd (OSDC). The complex emphasizes the continuous philanthropic concern of Ngee Ann Kongsi in its efforts to work for the future of Singapore and the Teochew community. It enables the Kongsi to continue with its support of welfare, education and culture. An architectural wonder standing prominently at the heart of Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City is a city-within-a-city that showcases 7 levels of 110,450 square metres of sheer shopping and gastronomical adventure. Its unmistakably Oriental façade complements its Western interior to create a unique cosmopolitan shopping ambience. This building of polished granite and marble makes a majestic statement along Orchard Road and ranks as a must-visit for every resident and visitor. Officially opened by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong on 21 September 1993, the $520 million complex has a gross floor area of about 1.
Nursing Room – Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Takashimaya Shopping Centre Singapore is known for their beautiful nursing mothers rooms. Here breastfeeding and breastpumping mums can access multiple diaper-changing stations (all with individual mats) and five comfortable nursing cubicles with plenty of space to bring a stroller inside. If older siblings and dad go along, they can hang out in the seating area and watch flat screen TV. Hot water and washbasins are also provided for breastfeeding mamas.
Location: Level 4
Size: Elephant-large (accommodates more than 2 strollers)
Available: Sink, electrical point, hot & cold water dispenser, waiting area with TV, high chair, bottle warmer (request from staff).
Nursing area separated from changing area?: Yes
Mode of separation: Door with lock
More Details: Beautifully decorated, very spacious, relatively clean and has adequate amenities. A staff was also present to render assistance when required and ensure that the facility is not misused. The nursing room has recently been renovated such that the nursing area is a lot more spacious than before. There were 5 individual cubicles that were big enough for diaper changing tables and even a stroller inside each cubicle. There was also a sign outside that informed people that the rooms were for nursing mothers only and “strictly no males allowed”. Family members could also wait in comfort at the waiting area outside and be entertained by a TV mounted on the wall. This is definitely a big improvement from the previous design. Nevertheless the improved design makes this nursing room extremely popular with parents. I personally witnessed all 5 nursing cubicles being utilised and with 4 other mothers waiting in the queue to use it (staff ensured that there was order) on an ordinary weekday afternoon! Hence, be prepared to wait or come up with plan B such as nursing under a nursing cover (like I did) or use the nursing rooms located at Ngee Ann City
NGEE ANN CITY – Mall SG
Ngee Ann City is a commercial and civic project. The complex emphasizes the continuous philanthropic concern of Ngee Ann Kongsi in its efforts to work for the future of Singapore and the Teochew community.
An architectural wonder standing prominently at the heart of Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City is a city-within-a-city that showcases 7 levels of sheer shopping and gastronomical adventure. Its unmistakably Oriental façade complements its Western interior to create a unique cosmopolitan shopping ambience. This building of polished granite and marble makes a majestic statement along Orchard Road and ranks as a must-visit for every resident and visitor.
Officially opened by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong on 21 September 1993, the $520 million complex has a gross floor area of about 1.75 million square feet. The massive shopping and office complex sits at the major business and retail crossroads and is easily accessible by public transport. Today, Ngee Ann City stands proud as a shopping complex of distinction, an impressive regional brand name that has made its mark at home and overseas.
Ngee Ann City houses over 130 specialty stores, putting international fashion labels such as BOSS, Dior and Cartier alongside other renowned brands such as Club Monaco, Zara and A|X Armani Exchange.
Ngee Ann City’s anchor tenant is the impressive Takashimaya Department Store, a retail giant in Japan, which occupies a gross floor area of 35,000 square metres. With a choice of fashion and accessories for adults and children, enrichment centres, hair and beauty salons, health stores and pharmacies, restaurants and bars, even a fitness club, shoppers can indulge in some serious retail pampering.
Ngee Ann City also impresses with its available event spaces. The indoor Takashimaya Square comes alive with regular bazaars and fairs that draw shoppers by the throngs. Outdoor, the complex’s main attraction is its semi-circular Civic Plaza which has been a venue for many prestigious events. Capable of holding 3,000 people in the heart of the major shopping belt, the Civic Plaza has established itself as a great place to hold concerts, fairs, product launches, roadshows, fashion showcases, carnivals and lifestyle launches. The Civic Plaza is indeed a great asset to the community, a welcome relief to shoppers and an added attraction to Ngee Ann City.
With its spectacular range of products and services, Ngee Ann City sets out to elevate the shopping experience to new heights. Guided by its corporate vision and directive, Ngee Ann City aims to offer visitors a total lifestyle shopping experience with a never-ending list of activities, good buys and great customer service.
Ngee Ann City is especially proud to be a consecutive six-year award winner in the Singapore Tourism Board annual Tourism Awards. We clinched the Best Shopping Experience Award – Shopping Centre from 1999 to 2004. This string of accolades is once again, testimony to our status as the iconic shopping centre in Singapore .
A development that dominates a sizeable part of Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City has already transformed the area into a microcosm of the city state of Singapore – a city that is pleasant to live and work in, and a city of beauty, character and grace. With its wide range of choice, Ngee Ann City is indeed the watchword of this city-within-the-city.
Ngee Ann City – Shopping mall in Singapore, Singapore
5i.1 year ago Always a good place to shop n eat even during CoVid-19 period.
5Yung D.11 months ago (Translated by Google) It is 1 $ (Original) Es 1$
5Tanya M.11 months ago This shopping mall is big and spacious, and it has different varieties shops ranging from fashion, clothes, branded goods, household products, and many other things. The mall is very well designed and looks beautiful. As usual, nowadays it is pretty empty but I would still Highly recommended for a trip to this mall.
5.11 months ago Great office space
5Dennis P.11 months ago Huge range of stores here, love it as usual. Great staff as well. Perfect location for any tourist.
5sachith j.1 year ago Nice place to do shopping
5I.1 year ago (Translated by Google) Lululul (Original) Lululul
5QuekKim H.1 year ago Must explore this place, so many shops available here. One of my favorite is the bookstore. So much great selections.
5ADy L.1 year ago Everything is good …
5sandeep k.1 year ago Nice mall
5Yanni H.1 year ago The best book store Kinokuniya. I love it
5Amelia c.1 year ago Its was clean
5Budi N.1 year ago (Translated by Google) Here mah want to ABC Cooking hehehe (Original) Kesini mah mau ke ABC Cooking hehehe
5Nurjannah T.1 year ago Our family favorite bookshop located here kinokuniya
5Cheryl T.5 months ago Visited here for this, loved the Taro series. Would be great if they have more caffeine-free options in their menu, for caffeine sensitive people. The only caffeine free option in their menu seems to be the Fresh milk with Taro. Taro is fragrant and mildly sweet, taro bubble have a nice chewy bite but not much taste to it.
5Chong H.6 months ago Welcome 2021 and Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations 🎉. Hopefully everything will be back to normal. May all stay Safe and Healthier. Press on , Don’t give up.
5Cherry C.5 months ago Classy and luxurious shopping mall full of branded goods retail stores and well dressed customers. Many non- Singaporean shoppers ( expats or permanent residents?) Loved wandering around window shopping, but food and prices make neighborhood shopping malls seem economical but comparatively shabby. Some shops positively discourage price comparison and have less than welcoming staff. But a nice place to while away time in aircon comfort.
5Bobby W.5 months ago Very crowded on a Saturday. Other than wearing of masks. Nice big place to dine and shop.
5Andrew P L K.6 months ago Enjoyed my Grilled Fish Lunch and then Hong Kong Desserts ❤🧡💛
5MohdAbuBakar R.11 months ago Clean n comfy
5William H.11 months ago Not crowded and plenty of shopping options.
5Tawana F.1 year ago Very nice mall full of very high end stores. We went here because it was the home of the Goyard store in Singapore. Definitely worth visiting if you want to do some shopping.
5Kristine C.1 year ago Great shopping place for luxury brands. Good variety on food choices. Suitable for families and group gatherings. Do take note of the high parking charges in Ngee Ann City, u may opt to park elsewhere like Lucky Plaza and stroll over.
5Yasir A.1 year ago Super luxury mall, wonderful shopping experience
5Eunice T.11 months ago Bacha Coffee in Takashimaya, B1. Beautiful concepts n gifts. Excellent coffee. Don’t expect capsules. Love their hazelnut and pistachio coffee. Excellent service and packaging. Will continue to buy their other blends.
5Team O.11 months ago Great shopping mall with a huge kinokuniya. Only compliant is the expensive parking!
5Yi Y.11 months ago Outaku’s favourite place to come to the book store ,Kinokuniya.
5yan l.11 months ago due to covid entrance is at the middle of both towers
5Kevin K.1 year ago Fantastic place to shop. Car parking prices is horrible thou. Park elsewhere if possible
5Zhan Wei L.11 months ago I like the Japanese shopping mall vibe here.
4Y.6 months ago Good place to shop for quality items from established brand in takashimaya. The mall is pretty old, but still decently maintained. Check out takashimaya during seasonal holidays as they might have good discounts that you can leverage on.
4feidzal m.1 year ago Clean avenue, well lit, spacious malls. Can get crowded, luckily for Covid 19 measures, get to shop without rubbing into others.
4Jaslyn L.11 months ago Mall has many nice offerings but many shops didn’t have their unit number displayed. No clear signage of floor level which makes it difficult to find a shop. I hope Ngee Ann City can make it mandatory for each unit to display their unit number on the shop signage or at the side. This will make it much easier for shoppers to locate them. They are known for many good food and shopping options, as well as Kinokuniya book store.
4Eric W.5 months ago A relatively big mall in orchard road. I was there to a specific store to indulge in my childhood hobbies haha.. great place for food and shopping 😊
4pramila n.1 year ago Best place to shop
4K.11 months ago Many stores and retail outlets to shop for a full day.
4Melvin C.1 year ago Great shopping and food place
4Cavan P.1 year ago Exciting place ,many shops Better to go in the morning/afternoon as night time there will be many people
4J.1 year ago Another mall with a more old fashioned feel to it, there are some designer stores here though and Takashimaya has lots of options with varying price points for those who don’t have a clear image of what they’re out to buy. Can’t recall if they have lots of options for food or entertainment. It’s a good mix for window shopping and maybe passing time with friends before going somewhere else.
4rudeboyrock o.11 months ago ??
4Peter L.1 year ago Comfortable place
4David L.1 year ago Alot of stores to see
4Zack M.11 months ago Might be difficult to navigate for first time visitors. Many luxury shops can be found there. The gem would be the Kinokuniya Bookstore.
4Bluely H.11 months ago An ordinary shopping mall in orchard. Doesn’t feel Singapore to me
3Maxim K.1 year ago With covid procedures you have to scan in 4 times to enter some stores. Troublesome.
3Fauziah Z.11 months ago Nice mall…
3p.10 months ago One of the pioneers in Orchard Road shopping enclave. There are 2 office towers (that has many clinics and aesthetic services) and a main shopping mall. In it is the Japanese anchor tenant department store Takashimaya and bookstore Kinokuniya. Food court is available at basement level. Luxurious brands are on the upper storeys.
3Melvin N.11 months ago Nice food
3Yam Y.5 months ago Takashimaya – One of most famous Japanese shopping mall. They came here long time ago, now it is in front of Orchard road, like a landmark of Orchard now. In the morning when they open, many staffs welcome guests. “Welcome” with smile. I feel Japanese culture. The mall is very big, I think biggest in Singapore. Fashion, Books, home equipment, middle to high-end restaurants, food court, supermarket….. Everything here. I prefer Taka much more than Isetan because of luxury feeling and hospitality. * Because of COVID, a little complicated to visit some area.
3Hamlet The D.11 months ago Too crowded. Even in this time of Covid-19………..
1Shamz B.1 year ago Jam all the way..poor control of traffic2
5 Stores to check out at the mallTarandip Kaur Tuesday, May 26, 2015 updated the Tuesday, October 6, 2015
RedValentinoAs the younger counterpart of the luxurious Valentino, RedValentino is where you go to for all your quirky needs. Designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Creative Directors of Valentino, the wholly white space essentially acts as a blank slate for fairy tales to take place – fairy tales being the distinct design element of their collections as well. Head on in and you’ll feel like you’ve just gone down the rabbit hole into a whole new dimension.
Rue MadameEveryone knows that French fashion is synonymous with looking chic and effortlessly put together. We mean, who wouldn’t want to look that graceful riding a bicycle down the street? Henceforth, enter in Rue Madame, the multi-label store that houses some of the most lauded-after Parisian labels such as Majestic Paris, Athé by Vanessa Bruno, Hartford and Gat Rimon.
American VintageWith comfort and practicality the main tenets of American Vintage’s design philosophy, this label fits right into Singapore’s sartorial needs. The brand is particularly known for giving the nondescript T-Shirt a heightened recognition and with that you can expect to find the JAC collection of T-shirts and MAS Supima Basics made from Supima – world’s finest cotton.
Lululemon AtleticaAnyone who indulges in a session or two of weekly yoga will own probably multiple atletic outfits from Lululemon. With the first store in ION Orchard and now open in Ngee Ann City, there’s no longer a need to head online for your yoga pants and sports bra needs.
ASHThere was a time when high-heeled wedges were all the rage and at the forefront of that was shoewear brand, ASH. While they still do carry that style, there’s also a whole other range of shoes the label boasts – from booties, boots and comfortable flats. Made with exquisite craftsmanship and fine Italian leathers, one style you should definitely be bagging are the classic motorcycle boots for that rock chic look. We know we will be.
It’s not as though you need any more reason to shop but if you do, here are a couple more places to hit up when you’re in one of Orchard Road’s busiest shopping centres.
Located right smack in the middle of Singapore’s main shopping belt is a massive dark brown building that boasts of multiple luxury designer stores, a department store, a legion of food establishments, a sprawling bookshop and a picture-worthy fountain up front from their main entrance. And if you thought that was all, well, there is now even more reason to take a gander there.
After some renovation works that saw Kinokuniya, one of the leading stores for bibliophiles lose an entire level, Ngee Ann City’s refurbished third level now has a bunch of new retail fronts to feed your shopping fancy. From a chic French invasion with American Vintage and Rue Madame to popular fitness apparel, Lululemon and cult shoewear brand, ASH, here are 5 stores that we’ve rounded up for your next shopping trip in the city – which, let’s be honest, is everyday isn’t it?
Marie France Asia, women’s magazine
Ngee Ann City | Infopedia
Ngee Ann City is a shopping and office complex located along Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping belt that was officially opened on 21 September 1993. A collaboration between Ngee Ann Development and Orchard Square Development Corporation (OSDC), the complex was the largest commercial project in Singapore when it opened. 1 The complex is popularly known as “Taka” in reference to its anchor tenant, the Takashimaya Department Store.2
In 1845, the Ngee Ann Kongsi purchased a 29-ha plot of land along Orchard Road from the East India Company to be used as burial grounds. As the Singapore settlement grew, this parcel of land became part of the city hub. Parts of the land were subsequently leased to various parties who built the Mandarin Hotel (opened in stages starting from late 1971),3 Orchard Theatre (opened in 1965 and later redeveloped into the Cineleisure Orchard complex in 1997)4 and Wisma Indonesia (completed in 1964 and subsequently demolished to make way for the Wisma Atria shopping mall, which opened in 1986).5
In 1973, the Kongsi leased 38 acres (around 15 ha) of its land in Orchard Road to OSDC to develop a multipurpose complex to be known as Orchard Square. The complex would comprise a shopping centre, office blocks and residential units. 6 At the time, the British Crown Agents for Oversea Governments and Administrations owned 75 percent of OSDC, with the remaining shareholders being also British nationals. In 1975, the Crown Agents decided to dispose of the Orchard Square project because of a company restructuring.7 Metro Holdings took over the project by acquiring all the shares in OSDC.8
Even after the handover, the project did not take off. Metro Holdings had difficulty getting government approval for its development plans and subsequently faced opposition from the Kongsi for its revised plans.9 In 1980, the Ngee Ann Kongsi sought to repossess the property. Citing breaches to the 99-year lease by Metro Holdings, the Kongsi sought compensation for loss and damage caused by Metro Holding’s failure to build the complex that resulted in the government acquisition of parts of the site for general development.10
The case was eventually settled out of court and the two parties agreed to put up the site for sale through a public tender in 1984. Unfortunately, the tender failed to attract a serious bid. In 1987, Ngee Ann Kongsi and Metro Holdings announced that they would jointly build an office and shopping complex on the site. The land area of the earmarked site was substantially smaller than the original Orchard Square site due to government acquisition of around 13 ha of land for development.11
On 2 December 1988, Ngee Ann Kongsi and Metro Holdings’s subsidiary OSDC signed an agreement to jointly develop a S$400-million commercial complex at the Orchard Square site. Under the agreement, Ngee Ann Kongsi would get a 73 percent stake in the complex with OSDC holding the remaining 27 percent stake.12
At the groundbreaking ceremony in 1989, the complex was referred to as Ngee Ann City rather than Orchard Square.13 After the ceremony, Japanese retailer Takashimaya signed an agreement with Ngee Ann Kongsi to take a 30 percent stake in its property arm, Ngee Ann Development, for S$300 million. Takashimaya also agreed to lease 48,000 sq m of retail space in Ngee Ann City for 20 years.14 In 1990, Takashimaya struck a leasing deal with Metro Holdings that gave the Japanese retailer full control of the 66,000 sq m of retail space in Ngee Ann City.15
Design, construction and development
Ngee Ann City was designed by architectural firm Raymond Woo and Associates. The complex consisted of two 27-storey office towers and a 7-storey retail podium clad in “African Red” polished granite.16 Initially the towers were planned to be 34-storeys high, which was the same height as the neighbouring Mandarin Hotel. In the end, the height of the towers had to be reduced as one of them was in the way of Singapore Telecoms’s microwave links.17 Architect Raymond Woo’s design of the podium was inspired by the Great Wall of China.18
The contract to build the superstructure of the complex was awarded to Shimizu Corp for S$334. 5 million.19
Opening and first year of operations
On 6 August 1993, Ngee Ann City’s retail podium – Takashimaya shopping centre – opened for business.20 The complex was officially opened by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong on 22 September 1993. At the time, it was the largest retail space in Singapore and home to the biggest departmental store. PM Goh said that the complex would raise the standard of the retail industry and benefit the tourism sector.21
In addition to introducing new brands and retail concepts to Singapore, the complex also boasted impressive features such as the region’s first 24- screen high-definition video-wall.22 Takashimaya was also the first retailer to offer a smart card for customers and had 100,000 cardholders by May 1994.23
Takashimaya also promoted the shopping complex as a lifestyle store by setting aside 15 percent of its retail space for lifestyle features and customer services. These included an art gallery, a cultural centre and a fitness centre with an indoor swimming pool. Takashimaya was also the first in Singapore to introduce a nursery room where mothers could breastfeed or change their children’s diapers.24
At the end of the first year of operations, Takashimaya had a turnover of S$280 million.25
In 1996, some 13,800 sq m of carpark space on the 5th floor of Ngee Ann City was converted for commercial use. This was done in response to a revision in the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s planning guidelines.26
In 1999, [email protected], the first lifestyle library targeted at young adults between the ages of 18 and 35, was opened on part of the premises of the converted carpark space.27 The popular public library closed in 2007 following the decision by the National Library Board (NLB) not to renew the lease due to rising rents.28
On 20 June 1994, an 11-year-old boy from India fell three floors from an escalator in Ngee Ann City. He was taken to the Singapore General Hospital but died 30 minutes after he arrived.29
1994: Best Buildable Design Awards, Commercial and Office Buildings category, awarded by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).30
1994: Construction excellence award, Commercial category, awarded by CIDB.31
1973: Ngee Ann Kongsi leased Orchard Road site to Orchard Square Development Corporation (OSDC).
1975: Metro Holdings bought over OSDC.
1980: Ngee Ann Kongsi sought to repossess site.
1984: Orchard Road site put up for public tender.
1988: Ngee Ann Kongsi and Metro Holdings sign agreement to jointly develop Orchard Road site.
1989: Ngee Ann City ground-breaking ceremony.
6 Aug 1993: Takashimaya shopping centre opened.
22 Sep 1993: Official opening of Ngee Ann City.
1996: Ngee Ann City converted 13,800 sq m of carpark space for commercial use.
1. Much to learn from success of Ngee Ann Kongsi: PM. (1993, September 22). The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
2. Tan, S. (1993, August 6). Takashimaya ready to face sluggish sector. The Straits Times, p. 48; Cho, K. (2000, May 26). Staying on top. The Straits Times, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. New coffee house opens today. (1971, November 15). The Straits Times, p. 23. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Its curtains for Orchard Theatre next month. (1995, January 25). The Business Times, p. 2; Rashiwala, K. (2000, February 19). Cathay Building is to be redeveloped for $100m. The Business Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Lim, B. T. (1964, April 4). Hotels and shops in Indonesia House from next month. The Straits Times, p. 11; What shoppers think of names. (2007, May 4). The Straits Times, p. 59; Lee, G. B. (1983, December 6). ‘Square’ that never took shape. The Straits Times, p. 15. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Chia, P. (1973, March 30). 700-ft tower will be the highest in S-E Asia. The Straits Times, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. Ngiam, T. H. (1975, October 3). Orchard Square project to change hands. The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. Metro is taking over Orchard Square project. (1975, December 25). The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9. What might have been. (1983, December 6). The Straits Times, p. 15. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10. Rodrigues, C. (1980, May 22). Ngee Ann files writ to take back Orchard Square. The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Ong, C. C. (1987, June 19). Orchard Square project being finalised. The Straits Times, p. 38. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
12. Wee, A. (1988, December 3). $400 m complex for Orchard Square. The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
13. Do more for education, Dr Yeo urges big companies. (1989, July 19). The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
14. Siow, D. (1989, July 19). Big Four sign $412m loan for Ngee Ann City project. The Straits Times, p. 37. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
15. Lee, H. S. (1990, December 24). Metro details deal with Takashimaya. The Business Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
16. Leading S. African granite producer sets up office here. (1993, August 6). The Straits Times, p. 44. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
17. Designing lower buildings a greater challenge. (1990, September 9). The Straits Times, p. 18. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
18. Wee, A. (1988, December 3). $400 m complex for Orchard Square. The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
19. Lim, M. K. (1990, August 7). Shimizu nudges out Takenaka to win Ngee Ann City job. The Business Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
20. Ngee Ann City comes alive. (1993, August 7). The Straits Times, p. 48. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
21. Ministry of Information and the Arts. (1993, September 21). Speech by prime minister Mr Goh Chok Tong at the official opening of Ngee Ann City on Tuesday, 21 September 1993 at 6.00 pm. Retrieved from National Archives of Singapore website: http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/; Much to learn from success of Ngee Ann Kongsi: PM. (1993, September 22). The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
22. What it takes to be a specialty shop. (1993, August 6). The Straits Times, p. 8; George, C. (1993, August 15). Set fact: You can’t miss it. The Straits Times, p. 16. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
23. Takashimaya plays its cards right. (1994, May 22). The Straits Times, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
24. Ong, S. C. (1993, August 6). Shop, swim, eat, dance. The Straits Times, p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
25. Kerk, C. (1994, August 20). Takashimaya sales hit S$280m in first year, on course to meeting its target. The Business Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
26. 13,800 sq m more in Ngee Ann City for commercial use. (1995, July 14). The Straits Times, p. 47; Lam, J. (1996, September 4). Ngee Ann City owners to lease out 5th floor retail space directly. The Business Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
27. Lim, R. (1999, October 21). A hot link for young adults. The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
28. Ngiam, Y. L., & Leong, W. K. (2007, July 26). [email protected] for now. Today, p. 4.Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
29. Pearce, S. (1994, June 21). Boy dies after fall from escalator. The Straits Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
30. Ngee Ann City, Junction 8 win on efficiency. (1994, December 2). The Business Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
31. Six projects get CIDB awards for excellence. (1994, December 17). The Business Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
The information in this article is valid as at 29 November 2013 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from out 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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Monday, March 21
The Irish Film Festival continues with the documentary Girls in Pajamas (Director: Maya Derrington. Ireland, 2010, 70 min.). Those who in recent years have been brought into the sleeping areas of the Irish capital could observe a curious sight – a handful (usually at various outlets) girls in multi-colored pajamas. One of the heroines of the film gives a detailed explanation of the strange phenomenon: “We live in dormitory areas, so why not wear pajamas on the street.”Derrington’s camera follows the two pajama generation Lauren and Tara everywhere.
Location: Cinema “Horizon”, Moscow, Komsomolsky prospect, 21/10.
Tuesday 22 March
Cinema Library named after CM. Eisenstein continues to acquaint moviegoers with “The Forbidden History of Soviet Cinema” and shows the first Soviet horror film “Bear’s Wedding” (Directors: Konstantin Eggert, Vladimir Gardin. USSR, 1925, 77 min. Cast: Konstantin Eggert, Vera Malinovskaya, Vera Alekhina, Natalia Rosenel, Yuri Zavadsky), who grew out of the revolutionary play of the People’s Commissar Lunacharsky based on the story of Prosper Merimee “Lokis”.
Place: Library of Cinematography. CM. Eisenstein, Moscow, st. Carriage row, 5/10.
The Irish Film Festival offers the audience a biopic “The General” (Director: John Burman.Ireland, UK 1998, 124 min. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Adrienne Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, etc.). The film contains a masterly portrait of the legendary Dublin bandit. Martin Cahill, nicknamed the General, was the most colorful hero of the Irish crime chronicle of the 1980s and 90s. On account of his dozens of feats of thieves, inscribed in gold letters in Dublin city folklore. What the mischievous General did not do: he stole weapons directly from the police station, took 2 million pounds worth of diamonds from a jewelry store, ransacked an art gallery, replenishing his collection with a dozen masterpieces of the small Dutch. Once he climbed into the house and to John Boorman, stole the gold disc that he got for the soundtrack to the movie “Deliverance”, taking the gold watch from the wrist of the director’s sleeping wife. In addition, Cahill was an ardent patriot of his native slums of southern Dublin – when his area was hit by a bulldozer, the General pitched a tent in the ashes, refused to move out and obeyed only after the mayor of the Irish capital paid him a personal visit. The film won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Irish Film and Television Academy Award (Best Film, Best Actor), the London Film Critics Association Award (Best Actor, Best Director), etc.
Location: Cinema “Horizon”, Moscow, Komsomolsky prospect, 21/10.
Wednesday 23 March
Cinema Library named after CM. Eisenstein holds a regular meeting of the Neformat club (curated by the film critic Alena Sycheva). Here we watch and discuss the work of the Russian studio “Toonbox”, which specializes in the production of cartoons and applied animation: music videos, advertisements, television screensavers and educational films.The studio also produces original films that regularly take part in festivals in Russia and Europe. The program included four jobs:
The real adventures of Belka and Strelka – Grand Prix of the International Vinnitsa Festival of Comedy and Parody Films in Vinnitsa (Ukraine), 2008;
Three brothers-acrobats – prize in the category “Animation” of the professional Flash-competition Russian Flash Awards, 2009;
Riddles of the Shaman – the prize for the best cartoon of the OMP of multimedia creativity “Multimatograf” in Vologda, 2010;
Raskolnikov from the cycle “History could have gone differently” – the prize for the best work in the field of applied animation at the XV General Assembly of Animated Films in Suzdal, 2010.
After the screening, a meeting with the artistic director of the studio Vladimir Ponomarev, general producer Pavel Muntyan, directors and leading animators of the studio will take place.
Location: CM. Eisenstein, Moscow, st. Carriage row, 5/10.
Documentary film Red Bittern is shown at the Irish Film Festival (Director: Alan Gilsenan.Ireland, USA 2009, 120 min. Cast: Liam Clancy, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Odette, Gene Ritchie, etc.) A documentary tribute to the idol of Irish folk music. Before the emergence of a man named Bono, the most famous (outside the green island) Irish musician was Liam Clancy, vocalist and guitarist of the legendary folk group The Clancy Brothers. In the 1960s, they gathered huge halls on both sides of the Atlantic, gave sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and Albert Hall, and sang in front of President Kennedy. Until his death in December 2009, Clancy continued to release records (solo and with a group), touring the planet, still remaining the most recognizable voice of Irish folk.In addition to Dylan, who once called Liam the greatest ballad singer in history, Tom Waits and Shane McGowan spoke about Clancy’s influence on his work, and a good half of the Irish government cabinet attended the musician’s funeral. Gilsenan’s documentary is a rare opportunity to meet a little-known popular music star in the second half of the 20th century.
Location: Cinema “Horizon”, Moscow, Komsomolsky prospect, 21/10.
Thursday 24 March
In the Library of Cinematography. CM. Eisenstein show the masterpieces of Italian cinema. On Thursday, we recall the work of Franco Zefirelli. Here you can see his film “Traviata” (Italy, 1982, 105 min. Cast: Teresa Stratas, Placido Domingo, Axel Gall, Ekaterina Maksimova, Vladimir Vasiliev). A screen version of the famous opera by Giuseppe Verdi based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas-son “Lady of the Camellias”.Curator of the cycle “Masterpieces of Italian cinema: great directors from A to Z” – film expert, director of the Library of Cinema named after S.M. Eisenstein Ekaterina Khokhlova.
Location: CM. Eisenstein, Moscow, st. Carriage row, 5/10.
In the Pioner cinema we are watching and discussing the film by Alexander Mindadze On Saturday (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, 2011.Cast: Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkevich, Stanislav Ryadinsky, Alexey Demidov, Sergey Kuzkin, Vyacheslav Petkun, etc.). The film draws a well-known hero – a little man, a petty official, who has just begun his movement up the party ladder – and puts him in unusual circumstances. Places at the very heart of disaster. Outside on April 26, 1986. Chernobyl. Saturday comes. Valery knows – “the reactor exploded.” The countdown begins – falling into death. I want to escape from her.And without escaping, I want to forget, because Saturday, weddings, parties, nobody knows yet, life is not confused as long as you can live. After the film, a meeting with director Alexander Mindadze will take place.
Location: Pioner Cinema, Moscow, Kutuzovsky Prospect, 21.
Friday 25 March
The “35 mm” cinema opens the French-language film festival “Francophonie”.Opening film – Copacabana (Director: Marc Fitoussi. France, 2010, 102 min. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Or Attica, Lolita Chamma). Cheerful, eccentric Babu lives, not particularly caring about social prestige, not paying attention to generally accepted norms of behavior. But when it turns out that the daughter is embarrassed to invite her to the wedding, you have to reconsider your attitude to life.
The film will be followed by a discussion with director Mark Fitoussi.
Location: cinema “35 mm”, Moscow, st.Pokrovka, 47/24.
Watching the film “Between the Canals” at the Irish Film Festival (Director: Mark O’Connor. Ireland 2011, 74 min. Cast: Peter Coonan, Dan Highland, Stephen Jones, Damien Dempsey). A day in the life of a North Dublin street gang. Mark O’Connor’s debut inherits the narrative model of Joyce’s Ulysses and traces the lives of his three heroes over the course of one typical day.However, he is not so ordinary. It is on this day that Liam (Highland) decides to give up his gangster past, become an electrician and take care of his family. What is in no way contributes to the life position of his best friends – Dots (Coonan), who only dreams of how to grow from a small fry into a large drug dealer, and Scratchard (Jones), a quiet addict who is content with his existence. In addition, this day is really unusual – because it is St. Patrick’s Day, the very day when the whole of Ireland gets up and goes crazy.
Location: Cinema “Horizon”, Moscow, Komsomolsky prospect, 21/10.
Saturday 26 March
On Saturday morning, the Tula cinema returns us to a fabulous childhood. Watch a fairy tale film here “The Story of the Shepherd Princess and Her Faithful Horse Falad” (Director: Konrad Petzold.GDR, 1988, 79 min. Cast: Regina Beyer, Angelica Bettiger, Andrea Gelhar, Carsten Janson).
Location: Cinema “Tula”, Moscow, st. Kukhmisterova, 4.
The Francophonie Festival of Francophone Films continues with Creative Life (Director: Marc Fitoussi. France, 2007, 107 min. Cast: Sandrine Quiberlain, Emilie Decken, Denny Podalides, Or Attica, Gregoire Leprinse-Rengue).Fitoussi in the film collects several characters, makes them dream of the future and locks them in a pipe dream, in the present. An actress who dreams of acting in theater and cinema has to voice Japanese cartoons. A writer who cannot achieve recognition in any way is to teach his native language at a lyceum. And the singer should be content with a karaoke bar.
The film will be followed by a discussion with director Mark Fitoussi.
Location: cinema “35 mm”, Moscow, st.Pokrovka, 47/24.
At the Irish Film Festival watching the film “Runway” (Director: Ian Power. Ireland, Luxembourg 2010, 101 min. Cast: Kerry Condon, James Cosmo, Damian Bihir, Mark Doherty, etc.). About how a South American pilot crashes in the Irish province. And so all the village cavalry, all the village men rush to his aid – to build a runway to send the pilot home. The result is a romantic movie about the kindness of a simple Irishman.
Location: Cinema “Horizon”, Moscow, Komsomolsky prospect, 21/10.
Sunday 27 March
The Francophonie Festival of Francophone Films continues with a Canadian drama tape The Vow Director: Bernard Aimont.Canada, 2005, 97 min. Cast: Eliza Guilbeau, Patrick Drolay, Marie-Jose Bastien, Claude Binet, etc.). Using the example of two people, the film shows how a person experiences the death of a loved one, which has already happened or is coming. Together with his characters, the director seems to be looking for a way to get used to the new reality. The film won the Jutre Award for Best Actress, the Bronze Leopard for Best Actor at the Locarno Film Festival, the Ecumenical Jury Prize, the Youth Jury Prize for Environment – Quality of Life and the Quebec Film Critics Association Award for Best Film.
Location: cinema “35 mm”, Moscow, st. Pokrovka, 47/24.
The Cinema Museum, as part of a cycle dedicated to the memory of Miron Chernenko (to the 80th anniversary of the birth of the first president of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics of Russia), shows Andrzej Wajda’s dramatic film Bereznyak (Poland, 1970, 99 min. Cast: Daniel Olbrychsky, Emilia Krakowska, Olgerd Lukashevich).The film is based on the story of Yaroslav Ivashkevich. Following the writer, but already on the silver screen, Vaida explores the inner conflict that eats away at a person from the inside, relentlessly breaking through to the outside.
Place: Central House of Artists, cinema and concert hall, Moscow, Krimsky Val, 10/14.
Watching the film Garage at the Irish Film Festival (Director: Leonard Abrahamson. Ireland, 2007, 85 min. Cast: Pat Shortt, Anne-Mary Duff, Conor Ryan, Tommy Fitzgerald, etc.) and explore the tragedy of a little man in Irish. It is not the first year that the eccentric Josie has been living in his village. He lives for himself and lives. Only the summer turned out to be unusual. Here is friendship and love. Inevitably, you will begin to look around your unpretentious life. The film won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Bratislava International Film Festival, the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor, the Irish Academy of Film and Television Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor), etc.
Location: Cinema “Horizon”, Moscow, Komsomolsky prospect, 21/10.
No comments found for this item.90,000 In the United States restricts the use of face recognition technologies
But for how long?
Law enforcement agencies, military structures and private companies have begun to use face recognition technology today, and they have been using databases of collected fingerprints for 40 years.
But in 2020, further diffusion of the technology suddenly stalled. In February, New York Times , a controversial report, appeared on Clearview AI, a face-recognition technology company. She has collected billions of images from social media to create a comprehensive database. Without public awareness, Clearview AI has provided it to thousands of police departments and companies around the world.
A specialized, comprehensive facial recognition database for law enforcement and private security services, built from social media user profiles, was a surprise for those who did not yet understand what the facial recognition industry was becoming.This technology has never been more accessible to corporations and law enforcement agencies, and the consequences of its use have never been more severe.
A ban on the use of face recognition technology by the police began in the United States in 2019 from San Francisco. And in 2020, he gained support thanks to pressure from activists from organizations such as the ACLU, Fight For The Future, and AI Now. Portland, Oregon has some of the world’s most stringent facial recognition laws. It is by far the strictest in the United States, prohibiting private companies from using this technology in their own territories.This means that companies like Walmart won’t be able to use facial recognition to track shoppers in their stores.
“It’s really about prioritizing our socially disadvantaged and non-whites,” said Portland City Council Commissioner Joe Ann Hardesty.
This year also banned the use of this technology by police in Portland, Maine, along with bans and temporary moratoriums in Madison, Wisconsin, Springfield, Massachusetts, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jackson, Mississippi and Boston.Even Los Angeles has imposed a limited ban on face recognition for the police department, which prevents the use of recognition based on image sources from social networks, as Clearview AI suggests. As reported by BuzzFeed News , LAPD will continue to use nationwide image-based facial recognition software for booking services.
Although lawmakers in Massachusetts upheld a police ban on the technology across the state, Gov. Charlie Baker refused to sign the law, claiming facial recognition is a must-have for police.This despite the fact that the Boston Celtics basketball team wrote an open letter to Baker asking him to sign the law.
“Baker’s refusal is deeply troubling because the police use of this technology promotes racial discrimination and leads to the wrongful arrest of innocent people,” the players wrote.
Players cite a case in Detroit where Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was illegally arrested due to a bug in the police facial recognition system.
With renewed congressional pressure to legislate the technology, the Federal Government has also paid attention to increasing the role of facial recognition. Democrats have introduced a bill that bans federal agencies from using facial recognition technology and allows funding to be cut off to municipalities unless they also enact similar bans. This bill came before the update of the report of the Government Accounts Chamber, which recommended the adoption of a law on facial recognition technology to protect the privacy of citizens.
Even tech giants like IBM, Amazon and Microsoft, which are among the main creators and proponents of facial recognition in the consumer market, have stopped selling this technology to the police, and IBM has stopped developing it altogether.
According to the report CNET Alfred Ng, the lawsuits filed in 2020 against Clearview AI and against the use of facial recognition technology in schools should be considered in 2021.
Clearview AI filed lawsuits in Illinois, which has the most severe restrictions on companies that secretly collect fingerprints, DNA, and facial images.These legal battles could set a precedent for facial recognition companies over data collection restrictions, as well as a call to action for other states.
All these developments to regulate and restrict the use of facial recognition technology run counter to the great interest of corporations and governments in being able to identify people in public space and private life. Marketers consider facial recognition and other identification technologies to be the best tools for understanding customers.And police departments often extol the ability to identify a suspect from a photo or video.
All of this makes the achievements of struggling activists in 2020 even more impressive, and the stakes are even higher.
Amazon’s moratorium on facial recognition expires in 2021, raising questions about the company’s intentions to stop using this technology. And Microsoft and IBM have sent letters to President-elect Biden asking for national laws on facial recognition technology.
Such laws could either restrict the use of this technology, or enable law enforcement agencies to use facial recognition in ways that we can hardly imagine.
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Already on July 8 to the building of the once legendary cafe “Kadriorg”, better known as “Black Swan”, a powerful technique to level it to the ground.
The Kadriorg Restaurant was built in the late 1960s by the architect Voldemar Herkel. The restaurant was immediately called “Black Swan”, because on the roof of the building there was an image of this beautiful bird, reports Postimees.
In the 1990s, the once popular restaurant was rebuilt several times, turning into a faceless shopping center, and the building lost its unique aura. Now its owners want to build a solid business building with apartments on this site.
Aleksandr Mazko, Project Manager of NG Eesti, the owner of the Black Swan Center, assured that when developing the project for the new building, architect Ann Rajasaar did everything to preserve the café’s appearance as much as possible. At the same time, the new purpose of the building had to be taken into account. The new building is planned to be three-storey. On the ground floor there will be offices, offices and, probably, several small shops. Part of the space has already been booked. Apparently, there will be a place in the building for a cafe on the terrace with an area of 500 m, a pastry shop, a cookery and a flower shop.