The Wildlife City
The thesis aims to explore an innovative urban design principle, which calls both the wildlife protection and better human living environment. In Singapore, as a result of limited land space, it is inevitable to live together with urban wildlife. As the urban development increasing, it is necessary to find a new design proposal for proper human-animal relationship regarding the growing interaction. Meanwhile, a harmonious city with wildlife has become a unique identity of Singapore. Both biologically and culturally, the wildlife design proposal is strongly wanted.
To achieve it, animal shall be considered as the same citizen as people. The thesis attempt to treat all biological life in city as a target object interpreted by data and computer. The whole process is to build an ecological urban design of all scale with both theoretical and quantitative analysis.
This project explores urban planning and design from an ecological perspective, integrating wildlife protection into the human living environment. Based on an extensive analysis of common wildlife in Singapore, their habitats and interactions with humans, the master plan for Tengah is overlaid with and adjusted by a computationally generated masterplan for potential animal flows and sightings. The result is a green and blue corridor running through housing estates linking existing water-based natural areas on either end. The estates are purposefully designed to support a smooth transition between urban and nature providing both animals and humans their safe areas while inviting for sightings and gentle interactions.
- Assoc. Prof. Rudi Stouffs (Dr.)