URA wins award for Bras Basah-Bugis master-planning efforts

The Urban and Redevelopment Authority has won an international award for its master-planning efforts for the Bras Basah-Bugis district.

Dubbed as an enclave for arts, culture, learning and entertainment, the 95-hectare district was conferred the Award for Excellence 2008 in Asia Pacific by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) – an international, non-profit education and research institute.

The award is widely acknowledged in the land use industry as the most prestigious in the world.

Work to revamp the Bras Basah-Bugis district started in 1989, to inject vibrancy while preserving its rich architectural heritage.

Also nestled within the area are institutions offering diverse learning opportunities.

They include the Singapore Management University (SMU), LASALLE College of Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the upcoming School of the Arts (SOTA).

It is the second time the URA has received accolades from ULI – the first being an award given in 2006 for its conservation programme.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 11 Jul 2008

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