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Livable Cities of the Future 01: Singapore

This series will be noted something new that I learned and discovered in terms of livable cities around the world. These cities also are my most wanted to travel to in the future.

The science fiction of yesterday is rapidly becoming the science fiction of right now

National Geographic

The future of the world lies in its urban environment. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and that number is growing. This rapid influx of people creates possibilities but it also creates challenges. How do we withstand the tectonic shifts in the world around us? How can the cities today grow and thrive to become the places that we want to live in tomorrow?

Singapore

Singapore is considered one of the most advanced regions, and of the most densely populated cities in the world. Create sustainable, manageable human spaces in the world even expanding cities is a challenging facings governments across the globe, and Singapore is no exception.

Living spaces and transportation

It is true that there are significant challenges when Singapore is an island city that was only half the size of metropolitan London but has to house 5.7 million people. But over the years, Singapore is developed in a pretty sustainable way and become one of the most livable cities in Asia, even in the world.

Singapore’s HDB has built a million flats, created one of the most successful housing programs in the world. HDB is now looking to high-tech innovative solutions to not only provide enough living spaces for Singapore citizens but also improved quality of life for decades to come.

In such a land-scarce nation, the question is often not what to build but where to build. Since independence in 1965, Singapore has used reclamation to increase its landmass by about 23 percent. One of the most striking examples of this and perhaps a vision that cities across the world may adopt is Singapore’s Marina Bay – a vast engineering project that has been decades in the making. It’s a betterment dramatically increased the footprint of Singapore but it designed with the needs of its citizens in mind. To make the round-the-clock Marina Bay model work, the infrastructure is used precision-designed layers of essential services, including water and electrical tunnels, pedestrian and commercial spaces, transportation infrastructures like highways and subways and even telecommunications superhighways. These hidden underground systems have been designed to meet the need of Singapore for the next 50 years, but some in Singapore are looking beyond that, already imagining the city of the far future.

If cities expand upwards into the skies, the conventional method of road transportation may no longer be effective perhaps the future of urban transportation will play a major part in shaping the way we live. The idea of flying to work may be decades away. Drone technology is advancing rapidly and could become integral to the evolution of transportation in the cities of tomorrow. To ensure maximum safety in the air, the drones have multiple aerospace-grade navigation systems, so that if one system malfunctions, you can rely on others to fly to its destination. Airbus Singapore has one of their vision is urban air mobility, so flying taxis for example.

(to be continued)

References:

[1] National Geographic

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