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Best ideas for redesigning public spaces unveiled as part of URA exhibition

The Straits Times | Yeo Sam Jo | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee presented prizes to the masterminds behind the winning ideas, which included a giant football goal post which can be turned into a swing at the open lawn in Marina Bay, as well as a royal garden with colonnaded walkways in the middle of Kampong Glam.


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Here is the news released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA):

Swinging good ideas for vibrant public spaces

A community maze or a playful giant swing at an open lawn in Marina Bay; a sinuous elevated green deck at the Singapore River Promenade; a royal garden with colonnaded walkways in the middle of Kampong Glam; and a garden walk with a forested steel canopy for the Woodlands Civic Plaza.

These are some of the eleven winning design ideas that were unveiled at the launch of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)'s "PubliCity: Your Ideas for Public Spaces" exhibition and presentation ceremony today.

Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee presented prizes to the eleven winners during the launch of the exhibition which opened today at the URA Centre Atrium.

He also commended twelve teams from local pre-university institutions who contributed interesting plans that featured public spaces as part of their project for URA's annual Challenge for the Ur ban & Built Environment (CUBE) student workshop and competition.

Creative designs for public spaces

PubliCity is an initiative under the Draft Master Plan 2013 to involve the community in celebrating and enlivening public spaces through good design and programming. The "PubliCity: Your Ideas for Public Spaces" competition was launched on 22 November 2013. It threw an open invitation to the public to come up with creative visions of public spaces in the city, namely The Lawn @ Marina Bay; spaces along the Singapore River Promenade; the open space at Sultan Gate in Kampong Glam; and the Woodlands Civic Plaza.

The ideas competition attracted 160 submissions. Of these, the open space at Sultan Gate in Kampong Glam received the most number of entries. Other than entries from practitioners such as architects and urban designers, the mostly local submissions came from students and members of the public who are passionate about urban spaces. The ideas gathered will serve as an inspiration and catalyst for the development of these public spaces.

"Vibrant and inviting public spaces can enhance urb an life by sparking social engagement and building a stronger sense of community. The ideas competition gave us insight into what the public want to see in public spaces. Projects for vibrant public spaces need not always be permanent. We are keen to develop some of these ideas into pop-up projects as fun and temporary ways to activate public spaces," said Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of URA.

Youth ideas for public spaces

As an extension of URA's effort to raise awareness of good public spaces and make them more enjoyable for the community, the theme of public spaces took centre stage in URA's annual Challenge for the Urban & Built Environment (CUBE) workshop and competition.

Into its fifth edition, CUBE aims to create awareness of the built environment, and the dynamics of land use and urban planning among junior college and polytechnic students. With the Kampong Bugis district as their design canvas, the students from seven junior colleges and five polytechnics gave ideas on how to integrate public spaces into the waterfront by reducing road provision and encouraging a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

"PubliCity: Your Ideas for Public Spaces" & CUBE exhibitions

The "PubliCity: Your Ideas for Public Spaces" exhibition will feature the eleven winning ideas and all submissions received for the competition. The concurrent CUBE exhibition will showcase the final presentations by the teams from local pre-university institutions that took part in the four-day workshop.

Both exhibitions will be held at the URA Centre Atrium, 45 Maxwell Road Singapore 069118 from 17 April to 20 June 2014 (Mondays to Fridays, 8.30am to 7pm / Saturdays: 8.30am to 5pm / Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays). Admission is free.

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