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C'EST QUAND LES TEMPS SONT DURS...

It was possibly the worst nightmare for
any landscape architect, with a mission
impossible to change the mindset of a
thousand engineers all under one roof.

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Since the canal project would be part of the Kallang River
Master Plan, and because the project owner for the Master
Plan is PUB (the national water agency), I had to respect what
this senior engineer said. Yes, I did give him a planting plan for
the Kallang River, its banks nicely edged by railing which stayed
clear of the embankments. But I held on to - and hid - the
second option, my wild dream for my home country: no more
ugly canals in Singapore's future.

BEFORE

RISKY BUSINESS
So my master plan was rejected by the project owner. Even so,
I did not inform my supervisors and bosses in NParks of this
rejection. I knew I was risking my career. I continued to prepare
my recommendations: two options to be presented to the CEO
of PUB and their board of directors.
Ultimately my master plan was accepted by the CEO.
Somehow, my big idea also got up to the highest level of
various government organizations. It eventually went to
the prime minister's office through the Garden City Action
Committee, where a single powerful voice endorsed it!
Lucky? I'm not sure. Conviction? Perhaps. But there I was.
Shortly after the master plan was approved, I was seconded
from NParks to PUB, and tasked with working with the
engineers on turning the canals into beautiful waterways.

MY STORY: MY WILDEST DREAM
Back in 2005, working as a graduate landscape architect in
National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore, I did not realize
that my projects would be reviewed - and rejected - by an
engineer. It was not a pleasant experience.

It was possibly the worst nightmare for any landscape
architect, with a mission impossible to change the mindset of a
thousand engineers all under one roof.

Instead of simply preparing a planting plan for Singapore's
canals, I had decided to pitch a visionary idea: imagine
Singapore's drains and canals turned into beautiful
waterways edged with vegetation and wildlife. Imagine
canals that promised recreation opportunities that would
bring people to the water. This might not be unfamiliar
in many countries that already have natural rivers and
beautiful waterways in their cities. But for Singapore, such
things were highly uncommon - even though it was the 21st
century, and our nation was in many ways recognized for
our garden city state.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2018

To Begin With
Our Writers
Upfront
Essay
THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
CONVERSATION
A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
INTERVIEW
CRITIQUE
PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - To Begin With
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - Our Writers
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - Upfront
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CONVERSATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - INTERVIEW
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CRITIQUE
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