“Vertical Garden City, Singapore” by Tan Puay Yok

November 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I received my copy of Dr. Puay Yok Tan’s new book Vertical Garden City, Singapore, 2013 a couple of weeks ago, and Wow, it is awesome!

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Although clearly focused on the beautiful tropical island nation of Singapore, 192 pages of gorgeous color photos of skyrise gardens beautifully illustrate vertical and horizontal examples of greening from across the world.

“Singapore is a modern, cosmopolitan city that is claiming its place as a global city of the world. This has emerged amidst dramatic transformation of its landscapes since its founding at the start of the 19th century. This is only possible through a deliberate approach of actively reinstating greenery to replace natural spaces that have been inadvertently lost during urbanisation.

The emphasis on urban greening as a cornerstone of Singapore’s urban development approach continues today. One key strategy it has adopted is to green up its vertical spaces as the new frontier of urban greening. In little more than a decade since the idea of skyrise greening was actively promoted in the city, numerous skyrise greenery installations now dot the city’s landscapes. Several are striking architectural marvels, while others help to silently blend the buildings with its environment. How did the groundswell occur? What were the policy considerations and instruments used to promote the concept to the building industry? What more can and should be done?

Vertical garden city, Singapore describes the skyrise greening movement and efforts in Singapore, and profiles selected projects in the city that exemplify innovation, creativity and the boldness to try new ideas. This book also explores how an ecological perspective can help to derive more functions from skyrise greenery. It is a valuable resource to those who want to know more about Singapore’s efforts in greening its vertical spaces.” ~ Urban Redevelopment Authority

With forewords by one my own favorite green architects, Emilio Ambasz and Dr. Tan Wee Kiat of the amazing Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, Puay Yok acknowledges many early influences including Ian McHarg along with former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who in 1963 lead the first tree planting day in his nation and started the Garden City movement.

“Mr. Lee Kuan Yew started a rapid urban greening programme and an urban planning approach in which greenery received equal, if not more, emphasis than the expansion of buildings and infrastructure.” ~ Tan Puay Yok

Five decades later, Singapore truly is a tropical City in a Garden.

I’m pleased to say that Puay Yok asked me to contribute to his book, along with Dr. Manfred Köhler and Steven Peck.  I wrote “Worldwide Trends in Greenroof and Green Wall Implementation,” where I spoke about the Top 10 general categories of trends that we here at Greenroofs.com have been observing over the past decade or so.  Thanks, Puay Yok, for this honor!

Topics include typologies of skyrise greenery, research and development, key policies, and prospects for the future, which Puay Yok says “The Way Forward is Up.”

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A large selection of Singapore’s thriving installations and signature sky gardens can found including: The Skypark at Marina Bay Integrated Resorts, School of Art, Design and Media, Solaris, Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Barrage, T3 Changi Airport, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, School of the Arts, The Pinnacle@Duxton, Reflections at Keppel Bay, Sky Gardens House, Gardens by the Bay, and many more. (Not surprisingly, over the years we have highlighted all of these in Haven Kiers and my Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design!)

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Available for purchase, you can either pick one up at the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore, or through the mail – find out more here.

Thoughtfully presented and flawlessly published, Vertical Garden City, Singapore is not only a stunning coffee table book, its presentation of Singapore’s legacy of building green infrastructure and urban biodiversity conservation makes it an essential addition to your living architecture library!  Wouldn’t it be great if all governments could follow suit?

~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Project of the Week for November 11, 2013: Orchard Central Mall

November 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 11/11/13

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Orchard Central Mall Greenroofs & Greenwalls
Singapore

6,493 sq. ft Greenroofs & 2,207 sq. ft Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

Orchard Central Mall, situated at the junction of Orchard and Killiney Roads, is Singapore’s tallest and first vertical pure-retail mall, overcoming land area limitations with 11 storeys above ground and 2 basement levels. It boasts multiple outdoor viewing areas with a commanding view of Orchard Road, including three outdoor “green” balconies appealing to alfresco food & beverage outlets. The air-conditioned shopping street discovery walk and the rooftop garden are both accessible to the public 24 hours a day.

The rooftop garden, designed by acclaimed Japanese interior designer, Takashi Sugimato, features 3 large living walls and balcony rail on the 11th floor and 2 lower green walls on the 12th floor roof terrace. The landscape roof system, including the sub-soil drainage for the landscape roof garden and planter boxes, uses the VersiCell sub-soil drainage cells and the greenwalls consist of Vertical Greening Modules (VGM), both by Elmich. Orchard Central Mall is a winner of the Singapore Institute of Architects and National Parks Board’s Skyrise Greenery Awards in 2009.

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Owner: Far East Organization
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Building Type: Commercial

Type: Intensive Greenroof
System:
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Size: 6,493 sq. ft
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,207 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Developer: Far East Organization
Architect: DP Architects Pte Ltd, Singapore
Landscape Architect: DLQ Design Pte Ltd
Landscape Contract Owner: Nature Landscapes Pte Ltd
Green Roof and Green Wall Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Intensive Greenroof System: Elmich Landscape Roof
Modular Greenwall System: Elmich Green Wall
Rooftop Garden Design: Takashi Sugimato, Super Potato Design

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

CITYGREEN – Stepping Up with Green

August 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

The latest issue of CITYGREEN on green roofs and walls has just been released.  Now in its seventh issue, the award-winning publication CITYGREEN is published by Singapore’s Centre for Urban Greenery & Ecology (CUGE).

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CITYGREEN is a biannual publication and winner of the APEX 2012 Awards for Publication Excellence as well as MPAS Awards 2012 Finalist, and covers topics on greening and ecology of the urban environment.

Through its cover story, research reports and other feature articles, the magazine updates its readers on a diversity of topics along the theme “Stepping Up with Green,” bringing forth the emerging trends in the field of skyrise greening across the world.

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In this issue, CITYGREEN unravels the new possibilities in the advancement of skyrise greenery. It rounds up a number of impressive project features.  Featured Writers for CITYGREEN issue 7 include Cornelia Oberlander, Marc Ottelé, Wong Mun Summ, Maureen Connelly and Paul Erlichman.

Locally within Singapore, the PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel and Jardin condominium go beyond extensive integration with the façade, to bring greenery into close interaction with users.

Internationally, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre demonstrates remarkable design of green roof deeply integrated with the building’s water conservation and treatment strategy, and innovative designs of commendable winners of the international Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence as well as Hong Kong’s Skyrise Greenery Awards in 2012.

Stepping Up with Green also shares the positive financial forecasts for the global green roof and green wall market. In Aditya Ranade’s report of the economic study, Lux Research forecasts a USD 680 million market by 2017 for green walls, suggesting a sure role for such landscape treatments in the future of cities.  By the way, Aditya Ranade was one of our keynotes at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World(TM) Virtual Summit 2013 – if you didn’t attend, you sure missed one exciting video!

In line with the growing market, more rigorous standards and testing of various green materials will prove essential. Marc Ottelé shares the findings of a life-cycle assessment conducted with collaborators to understand the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of five different types of vertical greenery systems.

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Read these interesting articles and more in the latest issue of CITYGREEN – preview it here.  Available at leading bookstores for only SGD 15.00 you can purchase it online.  For more information, please visit CUGE’s online store.

I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m sure the articles are great!  I can’t wait to get my copy.

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Happy reading,

~ Linda V.

 

Greenwall Project of the Week for May 6, 2013: Institute of Technical Education HQ & College Central, Singapore

June 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/6/13

Institute of Technical Education HQ & College Central, Singapore
Singapore

57,307 sf. Greenwalls

Project Description & Details

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a post-secondary institution in Singapore that provides pre-employment training to secondary school leavers as well as continuing education and training to working adults. ITE has incorporated environmental sustainability as one of the key strategic programmes under the new ITE INNOVATE Plan 2010 – 2015, which aims at instilling greater awareness among its stakeholders, embracing green practices and developing new competencies for the green economy.

ITE made a bold statement to embrace Singapore’s transformation into a ‘City in a Garden’ with green walls up to 35 m (115 feet) high covering the facades of eight campus blocks, together totaling 5,324 sq m (57,307 sq ft), making it the largest vertical greenery installation at a single development in the world. The living walls on the six-storey façades were established using the Elmich VGM® Green Wall System, comprising Vertical Greening Modules (VGM®) containing a geotextile bag filled with EnviroMix® GW, a primarily inorganic soil-less lightweight planting media, anchored onto stainless steel pilasters. The green walls form visually appealing living barriers that protect the west-facing walls of the campus blocks from the intense tropical sun which can reach temperatures as high as 38.0 °C (100.4 °F) in equatorial Singapore.

Year: 2012
Owner: Institute of Technical Education
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 57,307 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Wall System Provider: Elmich Pte Ltd
Designer and Manufacturer of VGM® Green Wall System: Elmich Pte Ltd
Landscape Contractor for the Green Walls: Nature Landscapes Pte Ltd
Main Contractor: Kajima Overseas Asia Pte Ltd
Architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.