Greening the Vertical Garden City The Planning, Design and Management of Planting in High Density Tropical Cities

Paperback, 196 pages
Writer: Henry Steed
Year of Publication: 2015
Retail Price: SGD69.90 (incl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-4642-48-4


Can we truly ‘green’ the high-rise, high-density tropical city and bring ourselves closer to nature? This book argues that we can. The many ways to set a major city in an enormous garden have been tried and tested in Singapore, making it one of the greenest cities on earth.


As cities strive to accommodate larger populations, there is logic in building upwards rather than outwards. High rise buildings provide far larger floor areas than the footprint. Those floor areas do not have to be indoors. Fully landscaped outdoor spaces, activity areas and connectors linking buildings can be woven into the horizontal and vertical fabric at many levels, from basement to the top of buildings.


In practice, the physical achievement of such ambitious green visions involves a great deal of work. Everyone involved will find that new tasks are added to the traditional scope. New greening elements have to be integrated with every conceivable component to ensure that everything works.


Greening the Vertical Garden City sets out to offer guidelines on the necessary tasks in the planning, design, costing, construction and long-term management processes. These are supported by photographs and diagrams illustrating potential construction and planting solutions as well as examples of completed work. For the city to be truly in a garden, the greenery must be continuous, and occur at every level, in every possible space.


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Hardcover with Jacket, 200 pages
Writer: Timothy Auger
Year of Publication: 2015
Retail Price: SGD49.00 (incl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-4385-85-5


The Singapore River is the very heart of Singapore. The loading and unloading of goods on its banks was essential to Singapore’s commercial success for more than a century after Raffles founded the modern settlement in 1819, and there is evidence that the river was a centre of trade for centuries before that. At the same time, a secondary commercial centre was developing around the mouth of the Kallang River.  

This book describes how modern Singapore developed around these rivers. It portrays the people whose livelihood depended on the waterways, some of them finding prosperity, others enduring periods of extreme overcrowding and urban deprivation. 

As trade gradually moved away to cargo-handling facilities purpose built for the steam age and, later, containerisation, the role of the rivers changed. The time came when Singapore had no reason to tolerate their polluted state, and in 1977, a great clean-up began. It would have been impossible without resettling people and businesses from the congested river banks into new towns and industrial estates elsewhere on the island. The water supply and sewerage systems were transformed. 

The book tells how reclamation created Marina Bay. It describes the creation of new icons such as the Marina Bay Financial Centre, Gardens by the Bay, and the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort. The construction of the Marina Barrage transformed Marina Bay and the Kallang River Basin into a vast urban reservoir, an engineering achievement in itself. 
Finally, the book shows how Marina Bay has become the heart of the new Singapore, a ‘new Padang’, a place for both work and pleasure, and a setting for big events that unite the community.


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Vertical Garden City, Singapore

Hardcover with Jacket, 191 pages
Writer: Tan Puay Yok
Year of Publication: 2013
Retail Price: SGD58.00 (incl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-4342-59-9


Singapore is a modern, cosmopolitan city that is claiming its place as a global city of the world. This has emerged amidst dramatic transformation of its landscapes since its founding at the start of the 19th century. This is only possible through a deliberate approach of actively reinstating greenery to replace natural spaces that have been inadvertently lost during urbanisation.

The emphasis on urban greening as a cornerstone of Singapore’s urban development approach continues today. One key strategy it has adopted is to green up its vertical spaces as the new frontier of urban greening. In little more than a decade since the idea of skyrise greening was actively promoted in the city, numerous skyrise greenery installations now dot the city’s landscapes. Several are striking architectural marvels, while others help to silently blend the buildings with its environment. How did the groundswell occur? What were the policy considerations and instruments used to promote the concept to the building industry? What more can and should be done?

Vertical garden city, Singapore describes the skyrise greening movement and efforts in Singapore, and profiles selected projects in the city that exemplify innovation, creativity and the boldness to try new ideas. This book also explores how an ecological perspective can help to derive more functions from skyrise greenery. It is a valuable resource to those who want to know more about Singapore’s efforts in greening its vertical spaces.


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a+u : Singapore, Capital City for Vertical Green (Special edition)

Magazine, 188 pages
Editor: Tomohisa Miyauchi
Year of Publication: 2012
Retail Price: SGD34.90 (incl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-07-2215-9


This special edition of the a+u magazine takes an in-depth look at Singapore as the capital city for vertical green. A monthly periodical published in bilingual format (English/Japanese), a+u magazine has been influential in shaping perspectives and facilitating exchanges in the field of urban planning and architecture. This issue provides an insight into Singapore’s solutions to urban development, water, housing and green projects, with an emphasis on the need for partnership between the public and private sectors with the support of the people to achieve a liveable, vibrant, and sustainable city.

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Cities in Transformation: Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize

Hardcover with Jacket, 127 pages
Editor: Gretchen Liu
Year of Publication: 2012
Retail Price: SGD60 (incl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-4385-14-5

Cities in Transformation: Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize includes 11 inspiring, transformative stories of cities and communities, with practical and impactful urban solutions and ideas that can be adapted across the world.The book features two Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureates and nine Special Mentions from 2010 and 2012. Since 2009, this prestigious international biennial prize has raised awareness on the role of governance, leadership and strong public-private-people partnership in transforming lives. Prize Laureates such as Bilbao (2010) and New York City (2012) have shown that bold leadership and creative solutions can turn cities around. Special Mention megacities such as Delhi and Ahmedabad offer real hope in tackling the most challenging issues of housing, transport and pollution, while Copenhagen and Malmˆ provide valuable lessons on sustainable development and close collaboration across national boundaries.

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20 Under 45: The Next Generation

Paperback, 220 pages
Year of Publication: 2010
Retail Price: SGD36.90 (incl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-08-3860-7

20 Under 45: The Next Generation features the works of selected young Singapore architects under the age of 45. The book contains project narratives, photographs and illustrations covering 63 projects and the design philosophy of the 20 featured architects. It also includes essays written by the selection panel and industry representatives. This volume also contains the works and reflections of the 20 Singapore architects featured in the inaugural 20 under 45 exhibition in 2004.

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Singapore 1:1 – Island: A Gallery of Singapore Architecture and Design

Paperback, 341 pages
Author: Wong Yunn Chii
Year of Publication: 2007
Retail Price: SGD34.90 (incl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-05-9058-1

Singapore 1:1 Island is a follow-up exhibition to Singapore 1:1 City. It is curated along 3 themes: Provision/Production (1965-1975); Communication/Connection (1976-1985) and Innovation/Distinction (1986-2007). The architectural productions weave a story of the distinct character in the history of Singapore architecture. The variety of works exhibited, ranging from residential and commercial buildings to public institutions, demonstrates the diversity and creative energy of architectural talents in Singapore.

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Singapore 1:1 – City: A Gallery of Singapore Architecture and Design

Paperback, 351 pages
Author: Wong Yunn Chii
Year of Publication: 2005
Retail Price: SGD34.90 (incl. GST)
ISBN: 978-05-4467-7

Singapore 1:1- City features architecture and urban design of the city over the last 40 years. This guide, a catalogue of the exhibition of the same name held at The URA Centre (November 2005-March 2006), offers an insight into the development of these places and spaces according to seven themes, such as “Making Corporate Singapore”, “Making City Living”, “Taming Bigness”, “Crafting Entertainment:, “Weathering Singapore”, “Reconciling History”, and “Connecting Singapore”.


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