City Habitats

Featured Writers: F. Kaid Benfield, Bob Perry, Henry Steed, and Hwang Yun Hye 

ISBN: 978-981-09-8808-1

Published: April 2016

Frequency: Half-yearly

 

Abstract

In this issue of CITY GREEN, we examine how cities around the world, including Singapore, have taken steps towards integrating nature into urban spaces, and how these cities improve residents’ lives with the support of nature. Urban planner and environmentalist F. Kaid Benfield advocates for cities’ smart growth through the creation of designs that allow nature to support urbanity. The addition of green infrastructure, as well as trees and parks within the concrete spaces can provide solutions to improve residents’ way of life. Likewise, architects like Jeanne Gang demonstrate that cities such as Chicago can be transformed and revitalised simply by maximising its residents’ opportunities to enjoy nature. At a personal level, Singaporeans have realised the benefits of getting closer to nature. A report by Sarah Ichioka sheds light on the nascent urban farming community in Singapore, and the nation’s steps toward improving its food security. The many green spaces in Singapore also afford residents opportunities to commune with nature easily. Residents in a number of housing precincts, including The Interlace and Yishun Greenwalk, can admire and interact with nature from their doorsteps.

 

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards 2015: Exemplifying Tall Building Trends

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The 6th LIAS Awards of Excellence 2015: Celebrating the Achievements of the Singapore Landscape Industry

The 6th LIAS Awards of Excellence 2015

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The 10th Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards 2015: Going Beyond Beauty

Author: Yazid Ninsalam

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BCA Universal Design Mark Awards 2015: More Buildings Designed with Inclusiveness in Mind

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Food Security and Community Bonding in a Globalised City-State: The Case for Urban Farming in Singapore

Author: Sarah Mineko Ichioka

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Singapore Botanic Gardens: Gardens of Heritage

Author: Ada Davis

Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Forest Estate, Tengah Design Studio: Ten Landscape Architectural Tactics for Managing Deforestation in a High-Density Tropical City

Authors: Hwang Yun Hye and Feng Yuanqiu

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Photo Essay: A Celebration of Parks

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CapitaGreen: The Green Jewel of the Central Business District

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The Interlace: A Landscape of Interlocking Polygons

Author: Henry Steed

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Yishun Greenwalk and Nature Park: Connecting Residents to the Outdoors

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BASF Learning Campus (Singapore) at Rochester Park: When the Old Tree Stays

Authors: Stephanie Gautama and Goy Zhenru

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Coney Island: Ecological Efforts to Retain its Rustic Coastal Charm

Authors: Cybil Kho, Tan Yit Chuan, Lua Hock Keong, Ang Wee Foong, and Alex Tam

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Eco-Link@BKE: A Safe Corridor for our Biodiversity

Authors: Chung Yi Fei, Wong Tuan Wah, and Sharon Chan

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Reconnecting with the River: A New Look at the Chicago Waterways with Jeanne Gang

Author: Josephine Tan

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An Excerpt from People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities: Cities Need Nature

Authors: F. Kaid Benfield

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Ideas are Ecological: Human Ecology in the City

Author: Bob Perry

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