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2030 Singapore: Live, Work, Play...and Grow?

2030 Singapore: Live, Work, Play…and Grow?

Global Food Risks: Urbanization, Growing Population and Climate Change Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54 per cent of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. It is postulated that by 2050, 66 per cent of the world’s population will be residing in urban cities. Continuing population...
Incorporating urban landscapes within buildings: A high urban density model for Singapore’s public housing to learn from

Incorporating urban landscapes within buildings: A high urban density model for Singapore’s public housing to learn from

With ever increasing population in Asia’s major cities, the escalating density of the built environment has led to fewer green and open spaces. With dwindling views and access to nature and recreational facilities, there has been increasing pressure to maintain and increase productivity of existing open spaces in cities as well as finding alternative ways...
Building from the Ground-Up: Experience the Kampung Culture

Building from the Ground-Up: Experience the Kampung Culture

The Ground-Up Initiative in Singapore advocates community spirit initiatives, urban farming programmes to change the way of innovating, from the ground-up. GUI is now embarking on a new and exciting journey and experience the Heritage Kampung with them! Exploring Our Heritage Through Kampung Culture Heritage Kampung 2012 is a 5 months long event to celebrate the...
An alternative learning platform: Ruin Academy - Anarchist Gardener

An alternative learning platform: Ruin Academy – Anarchist Gardener

Ruin Academy (Taipei, Taiwan 2010 -) is an independent cross-over architectural research centre in the Urban Core -area of Taipei, Taiwan. The Academy is run in co-operation between the Finland based Casagrande Laboratory and Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture. Ruin academy is set to re-think the industrial city and the moden man in...
Invisible logic of the city #11

Invisible logic of the city #11

Taipei Community Garden  © All rights reserved by Purple_man  “Developers are true urban editors. They are linked with the city authorities and necessary political powers and they make the urban editing. Architects are in a secondary role – something like the hyenas after the lions have made the kill. Money is a good consultant and the generating force...
Community gardening - Community ungardening

Community gardening – Community ungardening

Clementi Makeshift Farm getting the boot, literally. Copyright © Matthew Allen, WSJ A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people.                                                      ...
Community Greens: A brief comparison between the gardening schemes in Singapore and Hong Kong

Community Greens: A brief comparison between the gardening schemes in Singapore and Hong Kong

Tampines Green Community Gardens in Singapore Sau Pau Ming Community Gardens in Hong Kong  Gardening as a social process Collective gardening is a huge trend in the city. There are rooftops, vacant land and underutilized spaces that can be used for gardening. In other words, there are lots of opportunities. But why it is in...
Green Wash

Green Wash

Observation: Hong Kong’s obsession with covering everything with slick coat of green paint and imaginary images of nature and the so called ‘green dream’ of the future. Everybody’s talking about Green these days.  Greenwashing has become the state-of-the-art marketing tool. Some politicians and developers misuse ecology and nature to promote their own agendas. Nature is...
The old Banyan Tree

The old Banyan Tree

This old Banyan Tree (Latin name: Ficus retusa) was preserved by Swire Properties Ltd. During the construction of Pacific Place, the tree is believed to have been planted in about 1870 as part of the British Military Forces Victoria Barracks which occupied this site until 1979. Preservation of this tree required the construction of a...
Funerary Network

Funerary Network

Who does Bukit Brown belongs to – the dead or living? How much of our heritage are we willing to sacrifice in the name of progress?        
Bringing a buzz back to the city

Bringing a buzz back to the city

Viewed from its tallest towers, Hong Kong is an endless expanse of concrete that stretches for hundreds of kilometers. Paradoxically, it is surrounded by nature, even though we hardly feel it when we are in the city. The density of the city has made many of its inhabitants ignorant of the potential of shared spaces...

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