Sustainable Singapore

A few weeks back, while visiting my brother in Singapore, we drove by an unidentified construction project when we were heading to the east coast for a midday bike ride (note to self: when in Singapore, avoid exercise at noon as it will lead to excessive sweating/cursing at oneself for yet again not heeding this rule). The main building was futuristic with clean domes of glass and steel. Beside the domes stood a series of bizarre trees, red wires poking out at odd angles. I asked my brother what this project was and he said probably some mall of something (Singapore, the Garden City, is also the home to extensive complexes of shopping malls, surely due to the fact that it boasts more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world).

A rendering of the project's interior

Thankfully, my brother was wrong. The complex is NOT a shopping mall, but rather a renovation of the Gardens by the Bay. Spanning 101 hectares, Gardens by the Bay will be comprised of three waterfront gardens – the largest at 54 hectares. The site will officially open in June 2012 and showcase horticulture and garden artistry from around the world. The Gardens are also a feat of environmental sustainability, as evidenced in this post over at Design Boom.  Utilizing both solar energy and water reclamation, the architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre will have created a destination befitting of Singapore’s goals of renewable energy and community building. I’m eagerly anticipating my next visit to the island so I can check out these garden domes in the center of the Garden City.

The sustainability cycle at Gardens by the Bay

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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