PEOPLE & PROGRAMMING
What makes an attractive public space? Many factors come into play when enhancing the appeal of a place, such as good design and activities that encourage interaction among people. This, in turn, draws others to join the community.
Here’s one great way an urban space can be transformed – by making a place the destination for leisure and recreation with lush greenery and tranquil water-bodies. For example, the conversion of the old Kallang River Canal into a naturalized river flowing through Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park has since made the area a popular and lively retreat.
A place that is easy and convenient for people to access rain or shine, particularly via public transport, is important in ensuring that the space is people-friendly and can be utilised by all groups in the community.
Whether it’s kicking back with a good book or simply resting one’s feet, a public space should have cozy surrounds. Ample shade, sufficient seating, good lighting and an all-inclusive design are important components of a comfortable environment.
EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN + EYE FOR DETAIL = ENGAGING
How do we create a truly extraordinary space? It all lies in the details, whether it’s an obvious or seemingly insignificant one – no aspect of the design should be overlooked in the development of an engaging place.
SENSE OF DELIGHT + SHARING OF SPACES
It’s all about enjoying what the space has to offer! Imagine a place that you can share and interact with friends, family and strangers alike. Highlights such as a scenic view, a humorous sculpture or a pretty row of blossoming trees, all located in places specially designed for casual gatherings. But even small pockets of forgotten spaces, alleys and back lanes, activated with simple ideas can be delightful and bring people together.