Since the last Car Free Sunday that we took part and brought our customers, I was given a chance to understand more how our city planners were working hand in hand to encourage our goal of being Car-lite. Yes, I am appreciating much more of what the MND and the authorities such as the URA and the CLC ( Centre for Liveable Cities ) brings together Singapore’s expertise on sustainable urban development across public and private sectors. It aims to distil and develop Singapore’s experience in good governance, integrated urban planning, effective resource management, affordable quality housing, efficient transport management and environmental sustainability.
I was given a tour of the Singapore City Gallery and what struck me was the history that Singapore underwent and how much depth and forward planning has our city planners been quietly working behind the scenes to blueprint what Singapore has today and beyond. I had a enjoyable time. One word – I was IMPRESSED.
Speaking to the a very passionate manager from CLC, it was apparent that our authorities and government realised that this City state must go beyond the hard aspects of amenities and facilities but about how everything works for the population that is aging and where the mix is changing. I was encouraged that despite her young age and sociology background, she was able to apply her graduate education into the hard science of urban planning.
Attached are photos from the gallery. I enjoyed the models of the city state and also the CBD. Now I know how Gulliver felt in Liliput.
Singapore City Gallery, the only permanent exhibit that tells the story of the nation’s physical planning efforts, has 10 thematic areas and more than 50 audiovisual and
interactive exhibits occupying the first three floors of the Urban Redevelopment Authority building on Maxwell Road, between Singapore’s Chinatown district and the Central Business District. The first floor is reserved for temporary displays on topics such as urban planning, architecture, and other areas relevant to the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s remit. The second floor houses a scale replica of central Singapore, called the Central Area Model. The third floor comprises permanent exhibits on topics such as preservation of historically significant buildings, sustainable development, and urban design. The Gallery as a whole occupies a total area of 2400 square metres. The gallery is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday, and is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
If you happen to get a chance to have an hour of so, I highly recommend anyone who is into understanding better of our historical landmarks to visit the Gallery and enjoy the displays that prove to be surprising and entertaining. The people who put the exhibits spared no details and mapped old pictures to current ones. See below:
I will be back there for more. Best place to hangout and learn so much more about Singapore city life and also the depth of our City planning.