The NUS Prize Shortlist for the 2023 Inside World Festival of Interiors

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This year’s shortlist for the NUS History Prize features two books exploring the roots of modern Singapore Malay cuisine as well as one detailing a single suburban estate’s history. Established in 2014, this prize recognises research which contributes to Singaporean identity and understanding of global affairs.

Nominated books include 736 titles published by NUS Press in collaboration with the Department of History at NUS University Singapore. A panel of judges including historian Prof Kishore Mahbubani who first proposed this prize idea in 2014 through his Straits Times opinion column will determine its winner.

Professor Mahbubani of the NUS Asia Research Institute distinguished fellow and historian noted that nations are “imagined communities”. A shared understanding of history acts as the main binding agent between societies.

This year’s shortlist features historical tomes with a personal angle and novels that challenge our traditional understanding of history as the story of great men and women. A graphic novel on Chang Hock Chye, an early Chinese-Malaysian painter also made the cut, as did Kamaladevi Aravindan’s Sembawang (2020). Additionally, Kamaladevi Aravindan celebrated nonfiction works like his novel about an estate such as Kamaladevi Aravindan’s Sembawang (2020).

At the 2023 Inside World Festival of Interiors (WIFI), which takes place alongside WAF, winning works will be honored with special prizes including Best Use of Natural Light (sponsored by VELUX) and The Sustainability Prize (supported by GROHE Water), plus Readers’ Favorite Award which is determined through consumer voting. Ali Bin Salim, Daryl Qilin Yam, Pan Zheng Lei and rmaa cureess will each be given cash awards of 1,000 Singapore dollars ($719) as winners of readers’ choice awards (Davill supported by VELUX).

At least 4,000 voters cast ballots in this year’s readers’ favorite category – more than double what was received last year! Winners were selected from shortlisted projects from Woods Bagot, SHoP Architects and Osamu Morishita & Associates among others, with winners announced early June; runners-up will be announced during WAF awards ceremonies held September. See here for a complete list of shortlisted projects.