The experience of Singapore in raising awareness of natural and cultural resources

Boontharm, Davisi 2013, The experience of Singapore in raising awareness of natural and cultural resources, in Proceedings of the 2013 Anatomy of an Island conference, [The Conference], [Vis, Croatia], pp. 1-1.

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Title The experience of Singapore in raising awareness of natural and cultural resources
Author(s) Boontharm, Davisi
Conference name Anatomy of an Island. Conference (2013 : Vis, Croatia)
Conference location Vis, Croatia
Conference dates 27 Sep-5 Oct. 2013
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2013 Anatomy of an Island conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2013
Conference series Anatomy of an Island Conference
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Vis, Croatia]
Summary The city-state of Singapore has a major role in the urban development. Majority of the innovative projects are initiated by the government agencies. For this paper, I would like to highlight the two distinct themes of innovation that, I believe preoccupied the authority for its urban issues, they are innovation which concern nature and culture. Land in Singapore is scarce. Natural resources are strictly protected. At the same time they are challenged to return the maximum benefit to their own population. The water catchment area and the prime forest on the whole island is the most valuable natural resources to be preserved. The paper will demonstrate how Singapore challenges with its own resources (water and greenery) in which the holistic planning around these themes become more than just spaces of protection but integrated with the public space system and turned into more valuable spaces for the well being of its population. The second theme is the issue related to culture. Singapore's economy is the most advance compare to other Southeast Asian countries, however when it comes to culture and identity, the city state struggles with the over constructed image of branding Singapore's culture. The paper will discuss several examples around the theme of arts and culture, how the city state bench-mark itself with the world class cities. It is one of the most challenging topic in urban planning and policy making. It is worth discussing on its success and failure. We can learn form Singapore that innovation at the level of policy maker can be achieved in some urban aspects such as the management of natural resources and urban design projects related to it. However when it comes to the issue related to art and culture, the top down policy alone cannot assure the achievement of city's identity as it aspired. Tracing the historical development of the environmental and cultural policies of Singapore the paper intends to study and analyze various case studies reflecting these attempts of natural and cultural instillation. In the process of comparison of these two drastically contrasting actors and approaches, the paper will argue that it has mostly been driven by economic aims, and careful thought. The results have been limited and restrictive. Further arguing that 'creativity' is the essential factor of arts and culture, it evaluates the authenticity and the ultimate implications on cultural spirit.
Language eng
Field of Research 169903 Studies of Asian Society
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
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