Saturday, March 31, 2012

Winning ideas for Rail Corridor

SINGAPORE: Eighteen winning ideas on the future use of the former KTM railway land were unveiled on Friday.


The "Journey of Possibilities" competition received more than 200 submissions from both local and overseas participants.


The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) organised the competition last November to draw innovative ideas from the public on the future use of the 26km Rail Corridor which stretches from Woodlands to Tanjong Pagar.


An Australian team won the first prize in the Open category's "Extraordinary and Innovative Ideas for a Great Public Space" issue.


The team's submission, entitled "The Tiger's Garden", proposed that the Rail Corridor be returned to the wild to reconnect modern Singapore with its primeval past.


It suggested an elevated trail to bring people up close with nature.


The jury said the proposal went beyond the concept of the city in a garden to conceive Singapore as a city in a jungle.


In the Youth Challenge category, a group of Raffles Girls' School students clinched the top prize.


Another 19 ideas were recognised as "honourable mentions" for their creativity and surprising qualities.


URA says it will study the ideas and concepts from these entries and distil suitable design principles and parameters that can form part of the brief for the Rail Corridor Master Plan and design competition that is being considered at the moment.


The entries are on display at an exhibition at the URA Centre till 11 May.


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Source From Channel News Asia

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