Climate change is anticipated to worsen the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue. It facilitates the spread of mosquito vectors, viruses and epidemics. There is thus a need to continually innovate and design sustainable solutions to deal with these environmental public health challenges. Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) has established a new, highly automated facility that will allow researchers to eventually increase their production capacity of Wolbachia-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes by more than 10-fold, compared to its previous production facility.
This boost in capacity is critical for NEA’s plans to scale up Project Wolbachia – Singapore, in preparation for future deployment of the novel vector control technology. The new facility, located at Techplace II in Ang Mo Kio, was officially opened on 2 December 2019 by Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).
NEA’s Project Wolbachia involves the release of male Wolbachia-Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to suppress the urban Aedes aegypti mosquito population. Aedes aegypti is the primary vector of dengue, chikungunya and Zika in Singapore. When the released male Wolbachia-Aedes aegypti mosquitoes mate with urban female Aedes aegyptimosquitoes that do not carry Wolbachia, the resulting eggs do not hatch. Over time, continued releases of male Wolbachia-Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are expected to bring about a gradual reduction in the urban Aedes aegypti mosquito population, and hence lower the risk of dengue transmission. Read more about this project here.
By 2027, the National Environment Agency (NEA) will complete the building of 20 new hawker centres, located in different parts of Singapore to serve the needs of residents. To date, seven of these new hawker centres have been completed and have started operations. Experience from the last four years shows that new hawker centres largely take time to establish themselves. As more hawker centres are built in the coming years, a new Staggered Rent Scheme will be introduced to support stallholders’ businesses in the initial years of the new hawker centres’ operations.
After a hiatus of almost 30 years, the new hawker centre building programme started from 2011 to ensure that residents have continued access to affordable food in a hygienic environment. To date, seven new hawker centres have been built and are managed by socially-conscious enterprises, of which two have gone on to their second term of operation. In their regular review of hawker centres, a key learning point is that new hawker centres take time to establish themselves. Time is generally needed to raise potential patrons’ awareness of these new centres and for the stallholders at the centres to build up a regular clientle and stabilise their businesses.
13 more new hawker centres will be completed by 2027. With the Staggered Rent Scheme, stallholders of these new hawker centres will benefit from lower rentals in the first two years of the centres’ operations, at 80% and 90% of stall rentals respectively. The upcoming hawker centre at Bukit Canberra, targeted to be operational in the second half of 2020, will be the first new hawker centre to benefit from the implementation of the Staggered Rent Scheme.
An upcoming freehold residential project by TEELand, 35 Gilstead has just 70 exclusive units and it is a short stroll to Newton MRT (interchange of North-South Line & Downtown Line). Surrounded by great amenities and eateries like Newton Circus Hawker Centre and the nearby malls in Novena area, 35 Gilstead is an ideal residential option.
35 Gilstead is well-connected via Newton Road and the upcoming North-South Corridor, an integrated transport corridor, connecting the city centre to the North of Singapore. Cyclists can also look forward to cycling from the city to other parts of Singapore via the Park Connector Networks (PCN).
Nature lovers would be able to enjoy Singapore Botanic Gardens, the prestigious Unesco World Heritage site over the weekends as this convenient location is just 2 MRT stops away.
Everything within minutes - Orchard shopping belt, Medical Hub at Novena, Marina Bay Financial Centre and to renowned schools - 1km to ACS (Junior & Baker) and St Joseph Institution.
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) urban training facilities built in the 1990s comprise clusters of low-level buildings replicating traditional shop houses and provision shops, without performance measuring instrumentation. Up to the early 2000s, these facilities had met SAF's training requirements and served the SAF well. Going forward, with more built-up areas, the Next Gen SAF requires better urban training facilities to deal with the new security threats and challenges that Singapore now faces. This need for SAFTI City (The Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute) was announced by the Minister for Defence at the Committee of Supply Debate in 2017.
Scheduled to open progressively from 2023, SAFTI City, jointly developed by the Singapore Army and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), is designed to meet the evolving defence needs of the SAF, and to support training for a wider range of operations from peace to war. These operations include homeland security, counter-terrorism, and disaster relief operations. Its infrastructure will provide a realistic and challenging training environment for soldiers.
Built on current military training area, the key features of SAFTI City are:
a) Realistic and Challenging Training Environment. An integrated Transport Hub comprising a bus interchange, an MRT station with multiple surface exits, high-rise interconnected buildings, dense building clusters, multiple road networks, as well as other public amenities such as shopping centres, will allow for a realistic and challenging training environment.
b) Configurable Buildings and Changeable Road Networks. Built-in swing panels allow traffic flow and buildings to be configured to training needs. This will allow soldiers to encounter a different layout of buildings and street landscape each time they train in SAFTI City.
c) Smart Technology. SAFTI City will also be a smart city, leveraging smart technologies to enhance training effectiveness and soldiers' learning experience. Smart technologies include:
(1) Targets with Shoot-back Capability. Soldiers and smart targets will be equipped with sensors for monitoring and data capturing. When smart targets are engaged, they can respond by shooting back and retreating from the location.
(2) Battlefield Effects. Battlefield effects, which include the use of smoke and blast simulators, will be used to enhance training realism.
(3) Data Analytics. Battlefield instrumentations and video cameras will be employed to track the troops' real-time actions. Furthermore, training performance will be collated and processed by a data analytics system to provide accurate feedback to the troops on their individual and team performances. With gamification integrated into the training and detailed individual feedback, individual soldiers and teams can benchmark their scores against each other, motivating them to improve further. These technological improvements enable the SAF to train more efficiently and effectively.
Phase 1 of SAFTI City will have over 70 buildings, including three 12-storey blocks, simulated underground facilities, and urban training structures. With a total estimated gross floor area of 107,000 m2, phase 1 of SAFTI City will be able to accommodate brigade-level training.
CapitaLand has unveiled the highly-anticipated design of One Pearl Bank perched atop the verdant Pearl’s Hill. The development comprises two gently curving 39-storey towers linked at the roof by dramatic sky bridges. The slender, curved facades create a light and airy effect, providing ample space for residents and onlookers to look out and through the towers to admire the stunning views atop the hill. Towering at 178 metres, One Pearl Bank will be the tallest residential development in the Outram-Chinatown district in Central Singapore, offering panoramic views that extend from the Central Business District to Sentosa.
Designed by multi award-winning Serie+Multiply, a joint venture between London-based Serie Architects and Singapore-based Multiply Architects, the new scheme elevates the concept of high-rise living with a total of 774 apartments. It will support more urbanites in leading their dream city lifestyles at this prime location, in line with the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s vision to develop more homes in Singapore’s Central Area. A wide selection of unit types from studio apartments to penthouses, ranging in size from approximately 430 to 2,800 sq ft, will be made available.
Adding to its allure, One Pearl Bank will feature a world-first – a series of sky allotment gardens arrayed vertically at one edge of each tower. With each tower featuring an allotment garden every four storeys and each garden housing 11 plots, One Pearl Bank will have a total of 18 sky allotment gardens with close to 200 plots where residents can grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables. The beautifully-appointed allotment gardens not only support urban farming, they offer spaces to promote community bonding. Visible from the city centre, they make a powerful visual statement on One Pearl Bank’s biophilic design that integrates nature to enrich residents’ quality of life. These allotment gardens are further complemented by two sky terraces and two roof gardens across the two towers and a sunken planter in every balcony to maximise the greenery on the development’s facade. Read more about this exciting project here.
Primed for affluent living, The Florence Residences is an oasis for unsurpassed comfort. This magnificent residence, towering over the low-rise landed homes provides an exclusive panoramic view that stretches across the horizon.
Technology plays an instrumental role in nurturing a safe and comfortable environment at The Florence Residences. With Smart Home features, you can rest assured that a reliable security system has been implemented to the fullest degree. Customisation of scalable solutions make every living space one-of-a-kind and incredibly versatile, giving you the unsurpassed flexibility of transforming your home to suit any mood or occasion with the touch of a button.
The National Healthcare Group's Woodlands Health Campus (WHC) masterplan envisions personalised and quality healthcare for the community of the future by integrating three components - state-of-the-art medical hardware and software technology, therapeutic green spaces and seamless care with community and primary care providers. Set to open in phases from 2â€‹022, WHC will be a 1,800 bedded facility comprising an acute hospital, community hospital, specialist outpatient clinics and long-term care facility within a 7.66ha site.
â€‹WHC will be an open and welcoming campus, with various activities organised within the campus and parklands to encourage staff and patients to engage in an active lifestyle. WHC will also serve as a hub that fosters health promotion, engages residents and connects them to community care providers in Woodlands,Sembawang, Admiralty, Woodgrove and Marsiling.
At a recent launch event for the 160th Anniversary celebrations of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Parks Board (NParks) unveiled their plans for the 8 ha extension to the Gardens along Gallop Road. Comprising an arboretum which will hold 200 to 300 species of dipterocarp forest species, Singapore’s first permanent collection of botanical art on display, a restored ridge-top habitat and a biophilic play area, the Gallop extension brings the total area of the Gardens to 82 hectares – the largest in its 160-year history. For the first time in Singapore, visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to explore and appreciate native forest ecology in one location, furthering the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants.
As Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens has a rich history of research, conservation, education and recreation.
With its rolling terrain of open lawns framed by landscapes of native plants and forests, and featuring two conservation buildings, the Gallop extension will continue the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ heritage roles in research, conservation, education and recreation. As a natural extension of the Gardens’ Nature Area which covers 6 ha of primary rainforest and the Learning Forest, the Gallop extension will enable visitors to learn about forest ecology and the importance of conservation in a single location when it opens in late 2019. The extension will also buffer against urban development surrounding the native flora and fauna within the Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more about the various new features of this green project here.
From the first half of 2020, residents of Sembawang will have a uniquely designed Bukit Canberra – an integrated sport and community hub, that will inspire them to live better.
To be opened in phases, the 12-hectare hub will provide amenities such as a hawker centre, indoor and outdoor sport facilities, a polyclinic, a senior care centre, green spaces for community farming and lifestyle related amenities for the community within a lush and naturalistic environment.
Kampung Admiralty designed by WOHA Architects comprises two 11-storey residential blocks and offers 104 units of Studio Apartments. Integrated with healthcare, eldercare, childcare and commercial facilities, Kampung Admiralty serves as a one-stop hub that encourages social interaction and active living through its innovative design, communal spaces and sustainable features.
As reflected in its name, Kampung Admiralty is envisaged to foster greater community bonding and reignite the kampung spirit of yesteryear.
Kampung Admiralty is Singapore's first integrated development that adopts UD principles extensively to create an inclusive, well-designed and user-friendly environment for senior residents of all abilities to live comfortably and independently. For instance, the development incorporates a 900-seater hawker centre which is well-lit and well-ventilated as well as a medical centre which brings specialist care and day surgeries targeted at common ailments faced by the elderly. In the flat, elderly-friendly features include grab bars, the use of non-slip vinyl floor, the installation of retractable laundry hanger and built-in induction cooker. The active-ageing hub also offers day programmes for seniors and has day care and rehabilitation services for those with greater needs.
Tengah Town embodies Housing & Development Board's (HDB) vision for new towns of the future - green, sustainable and smart. The first HDB town to full intergrate with its surrounding ecosystems, it will also be the first to have a car-free town centre nestled next to a lush green park.
Guided by HDB's Smart and Sustainable framework, Tengah will offer some 42,000 residential dwelling units, providing new living opportunities in the west to meet housing needs.
Around 1,500 HDB flats will be the first to be launched in November this year at Tengah, the first new town in more than 20 years.
When it is fully developed in two decades, Tengah could comprise 42,000 new homes: 30,000 units of public housing and 12,000 units of private housing.
And when completed, Tengah will grow to about 700 hectares, which is roughly equivalent in size to Bishan Town.
Tengah was conceptualised as a unique town in Singapore and as the country's first "Forest Town" with a green theme spread across the district.
PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the enhanced conveyance system of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2 to mark the start of construction works.
A super highway for used water management, the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) was conceived in the 1990s as a long-term solution for Singapore’s used water collection, treatment, reclamation and disposal needs.
The deep tunnels in Phase 2 will connect to the existing deep tunnels in Phase 1 serving the eastern part of Singapore and the public sewer network to create one seamless integrated system. The whole of Singapore will be served by the DTSS when Phase 2 is complete by 2025. Used water will be conveyed from the DTSS via gravity to three centralised water reclamation plants for treatment, before it undergoes further purification to produce NEWater, or discharged into the sea.
The Build-to-Order project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021. The project was planned and designed by the HDB’s in-house team of planners, architects and engineers, It is also one of 18 HDB projects to have been designed with roofs that will allow for fast and easy installation of solar panels.
Woodleigh Glen boasts three levels of green community spaces (urban verandas, community farms and butterfly gardens) and a 200m-long sky terrace on the 10th storey. The sky terrace contains sheltered pavilions for birdwatching in the direction of Bidadari Hill Park.
Open for public use since 12 July, the 400m Rail Corridor Test Track is located between Choa Chu Kang Road & Upper Bukit Timah Road and features a 100m stretch of glow-in-the-dark section.
The test track will undergo a two-year trial to determine the best surface material for use that will make the Corridor safer and more accessible. Government agencies will evaluate the durability of the materials and gather feedback from the public.
Four different surface materials each take up a 100m stretch: fine gravel, grass and gravel, earth-coloured porous concrete, and natural non-toxic light green strontium aluminate minerals, which absorb ultraviolet light during the day and cause the track to emit a soft glow at night.
Hipster Japanese coffee joint, Omotesando Koffee which draws crowds in Hong Kong and Tokyo is coming soon to Singapore at the new Downtown Gallery by Shenton Way.
It actually started off as a Tokyo pop-up in the luxurious Omotesando residential distract.
The cafe is famous for its minimalist style, as well as their signature custard cake which come in bite-sized cubes.
The coffee beans to be used here in Singapore will be roasted in Kyoto by Ogawa Coffee Roasters, just like the outlet in Japan. And their Singapore outlet's baristas will be trained by the baristas from Omotesando Japan and Hong Kong for three to six months.
From Sunday, 12 March 2017, some stretches of the existing Upper Aljunied Road will be permanently closed to traffic, as part of plans to transform it into Bidadari Heritage Walk. In tandem with the closure, a new realigned Upper Aljunied Road will open to traffic from the same day. With an additional lane in each direction, motorists can look forward to smoother traffic on the new road.
The realignment of Upper Aljunied Road paves the way for the pedestrianisation of the existing Upper Aljunied Road and the creation of a new Bidadari Heritage Walk that will preserve the rich heritage and memories of the estate. Lined with a canopy of mature trees, the 700-metre Heritage Walk will recount the history and stories of Bidadari’s rich heritage, including prominent personalities of the past.
The Great Escape is both a cafe and rooftop bar. Golden is located within The Projector, one of Singapore's hidden gems when it comes to indie cinemas.
Go through Golden, open up the door to the car park and you will find a cosy little roof top bar overseeing a fantastic view of the Sports Hub as well as The Flyer and MBS. Serving a filling hybrid combo of cinema fare/bar grub, every item on the ecletic menu is designed not to burn a hole in the pocket.
Gallery HUUE has relocated to Bukit Timah Road near Newton Circus.
Gallery HUUE first opened its doors under the name Art On gallery in 2014. They specialize in Korean art and crafts and provide total art consulting services from space analysis, art selection, installation and after services. They are proud our strong reputation they’ve built amongst their clients for providing friendly and tailored services.
Their work does not at stop at merely displaying and selling artworks. They constantly challenge themselves and the art community by introducing talented artist through various exhibitions and projects who are evolving the world of Korean art and the bigger art community with state-of-the-art deviations.
Their newly opened space in Newton will host these exhibitions on a more frequent basis going forward. Their ambition is to establish their name in Singapore and, furthermore in the Asian art community, by the continuous discovering and nurturing talented artists from Korea and beyond.
In Korean, the word “íœ´ Huue” holds an artistic value of being in a restful and meditative state. They want their gallery to be a place where visitors can experience the meaning of the word “Huue” by escaping the busy world to retreat into a relaxed atmosphere dedicated to art, tranquility and beauty. Their mission is to bring the magic of art to everyday spaces and enrich people’s lives. Their new gallery space is a not a typical cold white-cube gallery, but warm area divided into two levels of harmonious space with an accumulation of fine art and crafts around every corner, it offers visitors a relaxed atmosphere where one can truly feel at ease as they enjoy the collections.
Trace is a new multi-sensory club, bringing something unique to the clubbing scene in Singapore.
Its name is conceptualized to anchor a guiding path for a new community of club-goers and party people. As a physical translation of this "path", Trace placed emphasis on its lasers, light shows and premier sound system to establish itself as a premium VIP bottle service club with the full dance experience.
Within its compact lounge seating layout, you will enter in a experiential black box of surprises; multi-dimensional architectural light shows, pulsating 3D projection mappings, programmed LED outlining lights, in-built smoke machines and top-of-the-game surround sound speakers.
Trace's interior decor and lighting effects are designed by Director Bu Shukun, who runs Architology Interiors Pte Ltd.
The club is 2800 sq ft with 7 VIP booths that line the perimeter of the space. A centre island of 6 sofa tables is set amidst a circulatory loop of mingling space for you to party around.
A prominent DJ console is anchored with a full 3D projection mapped wall. Within the symmetrically-laid out club, the 3 dance catwalk platforms provide full visual connectivity around the space. Premium alcohol bottles line the bar display, promptly served with dazzling light shows to various VIP tables.
The Projector is a new independent cinema offering a good selection of curated films.
They have got 2 cinema screens; the first one being more formal, the second one introduces a whole new experience through design.
A dynamic alternative to the common cineplex, The Projector revives a historic movie theatre as an independent creative platform that brings together the best of films, one-of-a-kind events, versatile spaces and delectable fare. Brought to life by a collaborative partnership between Pocket Projects, FARM, and Group Therapy, The Projector is not your average cinema.