Singapore is the latest city jumping on board the urban renewal train. Plans to transform a 24-kilometer disused railway are already in motion to re-energise the city.
Reminiscent of the High Line in New York, ‘The Green Corridor’ will truly transform Singapore into a tropical garden city as envisioned by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1990.
From the Railway Park in Israel to proposed plans for a London Underline, bringing nature back to the concrete jungle is fast becoming the latest city must-have.
But what is it about this idea that makes it so powerful?
We asked our strategists around the world to share their thoughts on what makes urban renewal projects so popular.
Elizabeth Thompson expands on the notion of creative trendsetting, discussing how “there is a captivating energy around transforming a once cold, industrial space into one with a creative vibrancy. This vintage reuse-and-renew ethos flows across through the arts; whether that’s in music, art or fashion, making an urban project on this scale a powerful and inspiring idea.”
Anthea Kelsick highlights the unity that is brought to a community, commenting on how the projects provide a space “separated from the pressures of both public and private life. These ‘utopian middle grounds’ unite both tourists and locals alike in a moment of tranquillity.”
Cathie Cocqueel and Simone Ruth, based in the bluemarlin Singapore studio, shared their thoughts on how the project will affect people closer to home. “As a new viewpoint to explore the city, people will be naturally drawn to the area. This will encourage an economic boost for local business and the tourism industry in Singapore.”
Bringing new life to a piece of history, the projects allow disused routes to be reborn into modern, natural spaces in a meaningful way.