Winning ideas for Rail Corridor

A tiger sanctuary in the Rail Corridor – that’s one of 18 winning ideas on the future use of the former KTM railway land.

Another winning entry, titled TransFARMation, proposes turning the space into a series of family farms. It impressed the judges with its ideas on ways to bring communities together.

Entries in the “Journey of Possibilities” competition were assessed on how they responded to challenges like bio-diversity, community and heritage.

Ideas range from a bird sanctuary to a Green Corridor Festival. And, another entry calls for the longest art installation in the world.

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.

The competition received more than 200 submissions from both local and overseas participants.

The “tiger sanctuary” idea was submitted by Australian design studio, Occulus.

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.

“The Tiger’s Garden” entry won the first prize in the Open category’s “Extraordinary and Innovative Ideas for a Great Public Space” issue.

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.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 30 Mar 2012

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