Design Research Team - Dr. Joseph Lim with NUS M.Arch 2016 Christopher Cheng, Joshua Lee, Thom Ho and Averilyn Seow

One perennial challenge to planning authorities when seeking to upgrade urbanized townships for projected population growth is a question concerning infrastructure. Where a city grid or master plan has been long established, how does one plan for the future if there are inherent limitations to the incumbent form?

What if the infrastructure links public spaces and draw people outdoors, away from the indoor retail and consumption culture, into shaded naturally ventilated spaces?

How would we plan for personal mobility without carbon emissions?

Separate sites along the Jurong MRT line were identified to integrate expo, stadia, wholesale mart and plant conservatory over phased developments to the year 2050.

In building along and within the MRT superstructure, the urban form optimized the run-length contact of urban activity with adjacent open forested plots at ground level.

This model makes more ecological sense as central township facilities and residential precincts now enjoy a greater proportion of green in bio-diverse forms instead of relinquishing land plots for additional buildings.

linear cities
Credits: Christopher Cheng, Joshua Lee, Averilyn Seow and Thom Ho