The best urban outcomes start with a clear idea about purpose, a personality for the place if you will. Knowing what it is you are seeking to become brings order and clarity to design thinking and creates a clear framework around which investment can be prioritised and staged.
The ability for a city to positively evolve relies solely on the effectiveness of the plan behind it. If that plan is unclear or disjointed the urbanization will follow suit. If established correctly all parties involved in shaping a city can consolidate easier and efficiently achieve one clear vision.
“The best urban outcomes start with a clear idea about purpose, a personality for the place if you will. Knowing what it is you are seeking to become brings order and clarity to design thinking and creates a clear framework around which investment can be prioritised and staged,” says Tuma.
Singapore’s singular vision of ‘city in a garden’ is a clear example of clear purpose and key positioning. An example of urban design managed particularly successfully due mostly to the Singaporean style of governance. The implementation of this action plan has had a direct effect on the design, character and delivery of every part of the city.
Gardens by the Bay features ‘supertrees’ that loom up to 50m tall, providing shade in the daytime and an illuminated spectacle at night. Source: Gardens by the Bay.
In order to convert Singapore from a ‘garden city’ to a ‘city in a garden’ the government proposed the following urban strategies;
- Establish world-class gardens
- Rejuvenate urban parks and enliven streetscapes
- Optimise urban spaces for greenery and recreation
- Enrich biodiversity in urban environment
- Enhance competencies of the landscape and horticultural industry
- Engage and inspire communities to co-create a greener Singapore
With the key elements towards success being;
- Good Governance
- Good Planning/ Vision
- Whole Of Government – Strong Leadership, Effective Implementation, Pragmatism
- Co-Creation (Gov With People)
By 2030 the Singapore Government hope to achieve through this plan of action;
- 85% of Singaporeans will live within 10-15 minutes’ walk of a park
- 8 in 10 homes within a 10 minute walk of a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station
- 900ha of reservoirs and 100km of waterways opened up
- Park Connectors extend from 200km to 360km
- Improve recycling rate from 59% (2011) to 70%
- Reduce total domestic water consumption from 153 litres (current) to 140 litres per capita per day
- Increase greenery in high-rise buildings to 50ha
- 70% of journeys to be made by public transport