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THERE are plenty of buildings that stand out in Singapore, so why is there so much fuss about Golden Mile Complex, People's Park Complex and Pearl Bank Apartments?

Tell that to heritage specialists and architects who say that these are iconic structures that reflect visionary architecture, were designed completely by Singaporean architects and have shaped the visual character of our urban landscape.

In Friday's issue of Weekend magazine, we meet the heritage protectors - a group of passionate conservationists who are doing everything they can to keep these architecture icons from disappearing too soon.

Meanwhile, would you be more willing to give to charity if your donation came with a chance to win a luxury car? We speak to Charles Tan, co-founder of The Given Company, a technology firm that helps charities raise funds more efficiently through a rewards-based raffle system that he hopes will get people into the habit of donating regularly.

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In our dining section, veteran Australian chef Mark Best shares his concerns about the restaurant industry today, while Thai chef Thitid "Ton" Tassanakajohn of Bangkok's Le Du restaurant talks about elevating Thai cuisine onto the world stage.

And if your taste for art extends to the bizarre, check out the latest exhibition at Parkview Museum which showcases the works of artists with a taste for the surreal.

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