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Title: STORMWATER URBANISM : AN ENQUIRY ON THE RESERVOIR IN THE CITY
Authors: TAN YAW LIANG JASON
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Low Boon Liang
2010/2011 DT
Stormwater urbanism
Issue Date: 30-May-2011
Citation: TAN YAW LIANG JASON (2011-05-30). STORMWATER URBANISM : AN ENQUIRY ON THE RESERVOIR IN THE CITY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: For the past decade, the Marina South area of Singapore was a busy scene of construction and urban development. Even till this day, urbanization of the area is moving at a steady pace aimed at expanding the current Central Business District (CBD) of Singapore and at the same time create a great place to live, work and play in; a place to explore, exchange, and entertain.” Inevitably, urban developments that support a growing community have consequential impacts on the land and water environment. In 2008, the Marina Reservoir was created after the completion of the Marina Barrage at the mouth of the Marina channel. This reservoir served as an additional water supply for the country as well as flood mitigation in the low lying areas of the city. The reservoir which is located in the heart of the city has the largest and most urbanized catchment yet. According to PUB, the Marina Reservoir is a first in the world - having a water catchment and reservoir in an urbanized city setting. This dissertation deals with the Marina Reservoir and attempts to explore the impact of this city reservoir on the city as well as the impact of the city on this waterbody. It investigates the issues leading to the creation of the reservoir and questions the utilitarian function of the Marina Reservoir which is located in the highly urbanized city centre. The Marina Reservoir is a unique reservoir not only because of its highly urbanized setting but also because it is made up of four distinct waterbodies, each waterbody with its own character and different impact on the Marina Reservoir as a whole. This study of a particular area of landscape and urbanism focuses on nature, society and urbanism; hopes to understand by examining the developments surrounding the Marina Reservoir, how Singapore ensures the prime objective of this city reservoir which is to store a good quality of water is uncompromised by its urban environment. The paper also hopes to uncover the multiple roles of this city reservoir by exploring the evolutionary role of urban waterways and waterbodies under PUB’s ABC Waters programme and how it aims to transform Singapore into a “City of Gardens and Water”.
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