Tag: Urban Planning

A Singaporean Architect Wants to Reclaim Land From the Sky

Many Singaporeans were up in arms when their government announced plans to house a population of 6.9 million by 2030.

Architect Tan Cheng Siong was one of them.

But unlike his countrymen, Tan was also frustrated at how city planners were planning to accommodate the population increase – by reclaiming even more land from the sea. In just under five decades, Singapore had expanded by over a fifth from its original 587 square kilometres through land reclamation. It is a tried-and-tested plan that will generate land zoned into plots for singular uses like residential or commerce. However, Tan, who is also trained in urban planning, concludes that “this method of planning is wrong.”

Instead, he has a better solution: Reclaim land from the skies.

Read the rest in Rice magazine

Building the Singapores of Africa

Illustration of Kigali City Masterplan | SURBANA
Illustration of Kigali City Masterplan | SURBANA

The Singapore urban planning model is being exported to several cities across Africa by Surbana, a now-corporatised division of the Housing & Development Board, the builder of the city’s state housing. Read about Surbana’s plans for the region in a This is Africa report.