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Published: Jun 13, 2013 2:10:43 PM
Melvin Wan (Psychology): Gardens by the Bay: Singapore’s Model for Sustainable Development
Occupying 101 hectares of land in Singapore, the Gardens by the Bay represents a futuristic vision of sustainable development. Designed in 2006, the Gardens by the Bay boasts of the world’s largest climate-controlled conservatories, housing diverse flora species including those from threatened habitats, aiming to be an educational model for sustainable development and conservation. The two glass biomes employ energy-efficient methods in cooling: solar heat gain is minimised by using specially selected glass; cooling is strategically done at the lower levels, allowing warmer air to rise and be vented out; air is dehumidified to enable faster cooling; and the electricity used is generated from horticultural waste collected. Outside the conservatories, solar panels and water collection systems are installed to harness solar power for lighting up the park and watering the plants. Employing state-of-the-art technology in its sustainability efforts, this stunning British-designed architecture is a strong statement in sustainable engineering.