Singapore faces a lot of challenges. Climate change drives the temperature and the humidity in the tropical city to unbearable levels. Land for construction in the growing city is getting scarce and at the same time the growing population has to be nourished. While the scarcity of land is tackled with land reclamation projects the other challenges need different solutions.
Today a growing number of citizens is focussing on projects to bring the nature back to the city – by turning buildings green or by bringing agriculture back into the city. As a lot of knowledge about nature has been lost in modern society one task is to reeducate and reintroduce the inhabitants to natural processes and basics in farming.
This project follows the efforts of small scale farmers, education institutions, architects and bloggers on their way to make Singapore a more liveable city.
A housing complex seen from a canopy walkway in Telok Blangah Hill Park, Southern Ridges.
Children playing in front of the Pinnacle@Duxton, a housing complex in central Singapore.
A city modell of Singapore displayed in a building of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). It shows the future development of the city.
The harbour of Singapore seen from the Pinnacle@Duxton.
The Pinnacle@Duxton is housing complex in central Singapore which consists of five tower that are connected via bridges on the 26. and 50. floor. The roof and the connecting bridges are open to the public and form the longest rooftop park in the world.
Olivia Choong, blogger and influencer
View from the Cloud Forest Dome in Singapore's Gardens By The Bay. It teaches visitors about the vegetation in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 and 3,000 metres above sea level.
Jonathan Choe is an associate architect at WOHA architects and runs the blog Archigardener. WOHA focusses on Green Architecture. Jonathan has set up a garden on top of the office's building.
The Hotel Parkroyal Collection on Pickering in central Singapore was designed by WOHA architects. The Singaporean architecture firm known for incorporating extensive greenery in their buildings.
Comcrop grows a variety of herbs on the roof of a mall and sells them to local restaurants.
The rooftop of a parking garage in downtown Singapore. As the room for new green areas is scarce place like these become more interessting for future development.
An urban farm on the rooftop of the Raffles City mall in Singapore.
Chef Oliver Truesdale-Jutras in the garden of the Open Farm Community.
The Henderson Waves are a pedestrian bridge which connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park.
The Oasia Hotel Downtown is a skyscraper in central Singapore, designed by WOHA architects. The intensive use of plants on the verticals ceates a small ecosystem.
The Christmas Wonderland in the Supertree Grove at Gardens By The Bay.
At Edible Garden City in Singapore the team researches the indoor cultivation of vegetables. The harvested plants are sold to local restaurants. Chrystal Chua checks the growth of different varieties of cress.
The team also researches the indoor cultivation of vegetables.
On weekends, inhabitants of Singapore often meet on the roof of Marina Barrage in Gardens By The Bay for a picnic or to fly their kites.
A beach on the leisure island Sentosa in southern Singapore.
View from the Cloud Forest Dome in Singapore's Gardens By The Bay. It replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain. The central Buisiness District (CBD) and the supertree grove can be seen in the background.