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Title: TOWARDS A PERMA-GARDEN CITY
Authors: HONG RUIXIA ALANA
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Chan Kok Hui Jeffrey
2011/2012 DT
Food security
Garden city
Permaculture
Self-sustainability
Urban farms
Issue Date: 5-Jan-2012
Citation: HONG RUIXIA ALANA (2012-01-05). TOWARDS A PERMA-GARDEN CITY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: For four decades, Singapore has been striving to become a world-recognised Garden city by implementing green campaigns and planting programs. However, the driving factor of a Garden City was not environment, nature nor for food but economy and aesthetics for the comfort of the nation. Recent years have seen increased concern with the health of our aging Garden City which was created by a massive importation of shady and ornamental plants. The consequence of such design undermines the potential of our garden and parks as a food growing system and hinders the appearance of wildlife, mainly birds, in our gardens. Pressing world issues such as approaching oil and food crisis have also prompt the government to increase food security by improving local food supply. This paper is an attempt to argue for an integration of Permaculture in Singapore’s modernist urban form. Permaculture, being a solution-based approach to ecological living and sustainable, natural food production, hopes to integrate humans, plants and animals into a cohesive agriculturally productive ecosystem. It is a designed ecosystem that is non-pollutive, energy efficient and mimics nature and its self sustainability. Permaculture has been practiced in different parts of the world as a source of food growing system and environmentally-friendly agriculture. Through Permaculture, this study envisages Singapore to refine her Garden City and strengthen her food security. As such, the study hopes to build a framework for Singapore to move towards a Perma-Garden City.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223210
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