Water and the City

Water and the City

Featured Writers: Kenneth Er, Bruce Ferguson, Chris Silver, Jingle Wu and Esther Clews

ISBN: 978-981-07-2526-6

Published: July 2012

Frequency: Half-yearly

 

Abstract

This issue provides a balanced view on the broad spectrum of topics related to the theme of water in the urban landscape, ranging from how water can be managed for better quality or to be further transformed into an ecosystem service to activating spaces in cities using waterscapes.

For instance, in “Biomonitoring of Singapore’s Freshwater Ecosystems”, Dr. Esther Clews and her team describe their research on developing biotic indices for reservoir water quality and stream health. On water’s applications, Professor Bruce Ferguson writes about using permeable pavements to make a city more open, dynamic, and multi-functional. Professor Christopher Silver, on the other hand, looks into history to better understand the problem of urban flooding in Jakarta. In “Watering Grass in the Desert”, Dr. Jingle Wu demonstrates how vegetation plays an immense and complicated role in Phoenix’s history, ecology, and economy, with it being a desert city, as well as in individual backyards.

This issue also explores projects that have transformed water into significant resources of aesthetics and recreation. Implemented to beautify the waterscape in Singapore, Punggol Promenade rekindles emotional ties between the community and landscape, while the Bay South Garden lake system provides a waterfront view from within the city, as part of the water catchment and integral to the garden’s water-sensitive landscape design. The Kallang River @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, on the other hand, transformed a concrete canal and is the first river naturalisation project in the tropics to incorporate soil bioengineering techniques to stabilise riverbanks, while providing habitats for flora and fauna. Last but not least, an interview with Mr. Herbert Dreiseitl shares the renowned urban planner, landscape architect, and water artist’s insights and design philosophy behind his renowned water projects, including the mentioned and milestone Kallang River @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

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Biomonitoring of Singapore’s Freshwater Ecosystems

Authors: Esther Clews, Yijun Lin, and Hans Eikaas

Biomonitoring of Singapore’s Freshwater Ecosystems

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Permeable Pavements in Liveable, Sustainable Cities

Author: Bruce L. Ferguson

Permeable Pavements in Liveable, Sustainable Cities

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The Role of Bioretention Systems: Water and the City

Author: Benjamin Loh

The Role of Bioretention Systems: Water and the City

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Singapore’s First Eco-Business CleanTech Park: Planning for Biodiversity in Business Parks

Author: Magdeline Sng

Singapore’s First Eco-Business CleanTech Park: Planning for Biodiversity in Business Parks

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Principles of Waterfront Design Based in Aotearoa New Zealand: Water Fronting

Authors: Nick Jones, Martin Bryant, and Megan Wraight

Principles of Waterfront Design Based in Aotearoa New Zealand: Water Fronting

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Managing Water Quality in Gardens by the Bay

Authors: Kenneth Er and Ng Boon Gee

Managing Water Quality in Gardens by the Bay

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Punggol Promenade: Poetic Speculation of the Rustic Waterfront

Author: Lee Liting

Punggol Promenade: Poetic Speculation of the Rustic Waterfront

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Kallang River @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park: Integrating River and Park in an Urban World

Author: Tobias Baur, Evi Syariffudin, and Melissa Yong

Kallang River @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park: Integrating River and Park in an Urban World

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Flowing With Urban Water Design: Interview With Herbert Dreiseitl

Author: Jessica King

	 Flowing With Urban Water Design: Interview With Herbert Dreiseitl

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Watering Grass in the Desert: Can a Phoenix Change Its Colour?

Author: Jeffrey Ackley and Jingle Wu

Watering Grass in the Desert: Can a Phoenix Change Its Colour?

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Biodiversity Magnets in Urban Wetlands: Floating Islands

Author: Benjamin Lee

Biodiversity Magnets in Urban Wetlands: Floating Islands

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The Case of Cali Ciliwung in Jakarta: The Landscape Challenge

Author: Christophe Girot and Jorg Rekittke

The Case of Cali Ciliwung in Jakarta: The Landscape Challenge

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New Urban Storm Water Management Approaches: Using the Water Generated by Cities for Ecosystem Services

Author: Christopher J. Walsh, Tim D. Fletcher, Geoff Vietz, Ross Thompson, Nigel Tapper, Jason Beringer, Andrew Coutts, and Ross Allen

New Urban Storm Water Management Approaches: Using the Water Generated by Cities for Ecosystem Services

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A Case for Ecological Planning: Urban Flooding in Old and New Jakarta

Authors: Christopher Silver

A Case for Ecological Planning: Urban Flooding in Old and New Jakarta

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