Three bridges and a river
Chong, Gerard K. H.
Master of Architecture
The rapid urbanization of Asia in recent years has radically transformed cities through the incessant barrage of the man-made into the natural. These immense changes are particularly evident in the nation of Singapore where for decades, modernization, urban renewal and industrialization have been the primary objectives of the governing authority. Lying in its wake however, are a series environmental consequences, the results of which are far-reaching and have only recently been addressed. The Singapore River has through the years suffered such a fate. Once teeming with aquatic life, the river now lays still, healing silently. And while the authorities have since then embarked on major cleaning programs, pollution till today, remains a problem and marine life an uncertainty. The thesis proposes the introduction of a suite of bridges, a sequence of filtering devices which through serving the purpose of connecting the banks of the river, incorporate secondary functions--cultural, educational or recreational, following the course of the river, addressing the varying conditions along the edges in the attempt to create a new engagement between water and the edge, nature and the city.
Landscape architecture; Environmental engineering; Urban planning; Regional planning