Site Visits

This year, WCS2022 offers a selection of in-person site visits for delegates.

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Source: Gardens by the Bay

Sustainable City - Marina Bay & Gardens by the Bay

The Marina Bay area is known as our Singapore’s new downtown. It is a vibrant space which accommodates the expanded business and finance district from the city centre. The area is also home to public spaces for social engagement and recreation, both newly-created and enhanced, as well as programmed events and activities. Such spaces and endeavours are much appreciated for city residents.

Delegates on this site visit can look forward to understanding the concept, planning, and development of Marina Bay, including a visit to an internationally recognisable public space - Gardens by the Bay, also recognised to be the World’s Most Instagrammable Place in 2022.

Brought to you by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Gardens by the Bay

Source: Housing Development Board

Liveable City – Tanjong Pagar

This tour of the Tanjong Pagar district is an excellent showcase of how the Central Business District (CBD) was planned - marrying live-work-play elements, including public housing and social amenities, in a typical commercial area to provide a high quality of life.

The first stop on this site visit is The URA Centre. Here, delegates will visit the Singapore City Gallery to see Singapore’s dramatic transformation over the past 50 years, to become one of the most liveable cities in Asia. It will be followed by a stop-over at a public exhibition on URA’s Long-Term Plan Review - the latest review of Singapore’s long-term land use and infrastructure plans, which provides a forward-looking roadmap for Singapore’s development for the next 50 years and beyond. Delegates can find out more about the major plans and directions shaping Singapore’s future, and how public feedback has been incorporated in the long-term plans to ensure that they remain relevant and cater to the changing needs of residents and trends.

Next on the list is the tallest building in Singapore - GuocoLand-owned Guoco Tower, which serves as an example of a public space within a private development. Delegates will learn about placemaking initiatives and how government land sales are conducted to involve the private sector in CBD development. Delegates will also visit Singapore’s tallest public housing project – the award-winning Pinnacle@Duxton, a case study of Singapore’s innovative approach to meeting housing needs in an urban setting. This iconic residential complex was envisioned by our founding Prime Minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew, to commemorate this site which previously housed the first two HDB blocks in Tanjong Pagar. Here, delegates may better understand how social-communal facilities are integrated into the Pinnacle@Duxton development, exemplifying Singapore as a liveable city.

Other notable spaces on this site visit are the Discover Tanjong Pagar Community Green, the efforts of a voluntary private sector-led placemaking organisation formed by four commercial mall owners and four hotels in Tanjong Pagar with the aim of enhancing this precinct; and the Yan Kit Playfield, a green connector that is a recreational space for residents in the area.

Brought to you by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Development Board

Source: National Arts Council

Loveable City – Bras Basah.Bugis

The Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct is known, and loved, for its vibrant arts and culture landscape, as well as its diverse cultural communities. Together with its neighbour, the Civic District, BBB facilitates connections, and strengthens our national identity, making Singapore a most loveable city.

On this site visit, delegates will have the opportunity to observe and learn how land-use planning and the adaptive reuse of conserved buildings promote the development of the arts while preserving Singapore’s multicultural heritage and shared memories.

You will visit conserved religious buildings along Waterloo Street, such as the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and Sri Krishnan Temple, as well as historical buildings dating back to the 1800s, such as the Stamford Arts Centre, and Singapore Art Museum at the former St Joseph’s Institution.

Brought to you by the National Arts Council and National Heritage Board

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