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Mon 24 May 2010
How to make Singapore an endearing home? "Enhance our people’s experience of our built and natural heritage"
Category : conceptplan
The Focus Group on Sustainability and Identity for the Concept Plan Review 2011 presented their "Summary of Preliminary Recommendations" on 6th May 2010 for pubic feedback. You can read the entire document and submit your feedback by 25 May 2010 at http://spring.ura.gov.sg/conceptplan2011/publicforum/
One question the focus group addressed was "Making Singapore an endearing home - Singapore is famous for being clean, green, safe, and meticulously planned. What is it about Singapore, however, that makes it special‚ endearing‚ to us, and how can we keep it that way?"
They responded with two suggestions, "cherish and safeguard our built and natural heritage," which was featured earlier and here is the second:
ENHANCE OUR PEOPLE'S EXPERIENCE OF OUR BUILT AND NATURAL HERITAGE
(a) Raise awareness of endearing places: Our built and natural heritage is what makes Singapore an endearing home to us. We should strengthen the sense of belonging and connection with our built and natural heritage by fostering greater awareness of their value, making these places more accessible to the people, and by making these places come alive through activities and events.
We should introduce more signage and storyboards including audio features, in historic districts and local areas of identity to raise knowledge and awareness of their historical and social significance. Partnerships with special interest and learned groups could be cultivated. More walking tours can be conducted by community groups and educational centres located in historic districts to encourage people to find out more about the significance of these places. Local residents who are interested could be trained as guides and rewarded and recognised for their efforts.
There can be greater integration of local history into the rejuvenation plans for housing estates, for example through sculptures, public art and buildings, to raise awareness of the history of the towns. New residents should be introduced to the history and heritage of the town, through printed guides and invitations to events. We should also encourage more small-scale private museums and "collectibles showcases" in relevant places to raise awareness and promote the value of arts and heritage around Singapore.
(b) Improve accessibility for all: Our parks and greenery make Singapore distinctive as a garden city. We should encourage more people to visit our parks by introducing more basic facilities such as restrooms, rest points and shelters, especially with our ageing population in mind. We should also allow more people to enjoy our rich biodiversity with more treetop walks and boardwalks. We have a comprehensive park connector network which we can tap on to make our parks more accessible. The park connector network should also be enhanced to provide better accessibility to parks and other town facilities. Commuter links within the town should also be developed with green foliage cover to cool such access routes. In developing new town facilities (such as libraries and hospitals), we should also ensure that these are well-integrated with existing town facilities and community spaces.
(c) Inject greater vibrancy for unique experiences: We should bring back more life to our heritage districts by introducing more live-in population, with an eye to enhancing the authenticity of life in these districts. Activities and events that complement the character of the parks and waterbodies should be developed, such as outdoor activities like tree climbing, arts and cultural performances, to add vibrancy. Town squares, void decks and community gathering spaces should be retained or re-introduced within public housing estates to promote social interaction and vibrancy.