The figures are mind-boggling: in 1960, Singapore had 1 million inhabitants. Today, in 2015, it has over 5 million. If the number of Parisians had grown at the same rate, 7 million people would currently be squeezed into the capital (instead of 2.25 million).
On top of this, the economically attractive city-state doesn’t appear to be reversing the trend. Over the next 20 years, its population is set to jump by a further 30%. As a result, in order to prevent this demographic boom from turning into anarchy, the Singaporean Housing Development Board, which develops 80% of the country’s buildings, has signed a partnership with R&D teams from EDF, Veolia Environnement and Dassault Systèmes.
The aim of the agreement? To develop ForCity, an urban planning software program. In concrete terms, this tool brings together maps, statistical models and 3D previews. It allows the consequences of each urban planning decision to be anticipated, considering the city as a whole. As a result, the software anticipates the energy impact of buildings, as well as elements including water recycling, waste collection, the inclusion of solar panels and green roofs on buildings, vehicle flows and management of green spaces.
A Centre of excellence for sustainable cities in Asia, dedicated to urban planning, has been created on-site.
In the long term, this ‘decision support’ program could be used to support other Asian cities. Until then, EDF is reinforcing its collaboration with Singapore. A Centre of excellence for sustainable cities in Asia, dedicated to urban planning, has been created on-site.
Nicknamed the Garden City, Singapore has a long tradition of sensible growth and sustainable development. It has improved road traffic flows with urban tolls, developed parks at the heart of the city, increased environmentally friendly construction such as the future campus of the University of Technology and Design and the EDITT tower project, and has protected a number of natural and wild areas.
To go further “Green, dense and connected – the cities of the future are under construction” – Vincent Caillebaut, architect
Singapore: Garden City to Model Green City – (France 24 Infos)