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Title: WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT IN THE ISLAND CITY OF SINGAPORE
Authors: KHO YEE FENG
Keywords: Architecture
Master (Architecture)
Dissertation (Architecture)
2003/2004 AkiD MArch
Low Boon Liang
Issue Date: 21-Aug-2017
Citation: KHO YEE FENG (2017-08-21). WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT IN THE ISLAND CITY OF SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Singapore has made a huge leap towards being the world class city it is today. One of the main developments that manifest its success is the extensive cleanup of Singapore River. It marked Singapore’s determination in working towards a global city since independence. Given such short span of time to cover such extensive progress, the solution has been to learn from the successes of other international examples. One such area where Singapore has looked towards overseas case studies has been that of our waterfront developments. Unfortunately, along with its accelerated urban growth, Singapore has inevitably fallen trap to the overwhelming forces of homogenization. Imported waterfront ideas from overseas have not taken into considerations the local Singapore context, resulting in a lack of character in our present waterfront developments. For Singapore to stay on the competitive edge in being a global city, its waterfronts ought to be seen as a valuable asset that will propel the nation to being among the top international cities. What is presently lacking in her waterfront developments is a character that is unique to Singapore itself. Nevertheless, Singapore’s geographical character as a small island provides opportunities for the development of such unique waterfronts. With a contiguous coastline surrounding the entire nation, the concept of enhancing the ‘island-ness’ of Singapore may thus provide her with the distinct characteristics not present in other mainland waterfront developments. Part of the hypothesis of this paper is thus to show that by enhancing the connectivity of waterfront developments along the periphery of the island, the unique island character of Singapore will be brought out and the possibility of creating a total waterfront environment offering a variety of waterfront amenities will help to strengthen the character of Singapore’s waterfront development.
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