28. March 2012 /

New River Park in Singapore

Just in time for the World Water Day 2012, the Bishan Park in Singapore redesigned by Atelier Dreiseitl was opened. As part of a much-needed park upgrade and plans to improve the capacity of the Kallang River along the edge of the park, works were carried out simultaneously to transform a concrete channel into a naturalised river, creating new spaces for the community to enjoy.

A 2.7-kilometre long straight concrete drainage channel was transformed into natural 3-kilometre long river meandering through the park. 62 hectares of park space accommodates the dynamic process of a river system. Three playgrounds, restaurants, a new look out point constructed using the recycled walls of the old concrete channel, and open green spaces complement the ecologically restored river in the heartlands of the city. Biodiversity has already increased by 30 per cent. 66 species of wildflower, 59 species of birds and 22 species of dragonfly have been identified in Bishan Park.

Currently, 38 per cent of the world’s population experience water scarcity. As the latest UN statistics state that 60 per cent of the world’s city will face water shortage by 2025, ironically many cities across the globe experience the devastation of flooding. The Kallang River Bishan Park project is a new vision for blue-green city infrastructure addressing the needs of water supply and flood management as well as creating spaces for people and nature in the city. This project is part of the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme, a long-term initiative to transform the Singapore’s water bodies.

Herbert Dreiseitl explained the plans for “New Waterscapes for Singapore” in an article in Topos 59 dealing with “Water – Design and Management”.

Images: © PUB / Dreiseitl

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