Pioneering A Greener Urban Environment In Singapore

Already globally recognised as a pioneer in developing environmentally friendly urban cultures, Singapore continues taking action

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Known as the City in Nature, Singapore has been leading the way for urban planners to incorporate nature into their designs. This has shown how other cities around the world could follow their example, through incorporation of green roofs or vertical gardens.

In 2021, following COP26, the Singapore Government launched Green Plan 2030. This is a national movement to get all residents to help transform Singapore into a jewel of sustainability. The main elements of this project are setting aside 50% more land for nature parks, planting 1 million more trees and increasing solar energy deployment to 2 GWp, with 200MW of energy storage.

 

This goal to create a City in a Garden has resulted in a pro-environment approach, with many parks catering for Singapore's inherent biodiversity, as well as allowing for ease of access for all citizens. 

 

Originally, the initiative to incorporate green approaches to the architecture of Singapore was simply to make the city desirable and distinct. But today, this approach has been hailed for its ability to tackle a lot of the issues that are associated with urbanisation, such as heat, water management and environmental damage. As well as this, it has been observed that the mental health of many within Singapore is far better than the mental health of adults observed in the West Midlands Region (13.9% of Adults in Singapore vs 23.8% of Adults in the West Midlands are observed to have a mental health disorder)

 

A lot of these architectural projects aim to restore the environments that have been lost as Singapore has grown, as well as massively increase the biodiversity of the city, but allowing many different environments to grow both outside and within buildings. 

This approach has seen much scientific appeal, and scientists from Future Cities Global have been using Singapore as a case study to research, understand and respond to challenges presented by the need for global sustainability. Future Cities Lab has stated that “Singapore has been a very interesting case study” and are confident that these types of cities will become the norm in future. However, they did identify that the primary challenge for this development is public acceptance that people will need to coexist with other creatures.