City Green


Above: A tree frame Singapore’s Bras Basah Building.
Below: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.


The greening of Singapore is a story of remarkable urban transformation, initiated in the 1960s and continuing today. Perhaps no other modern metropolis, and certainly none in Asia, can claim – as Singapore does – to be a ‘garden city’. Or, as is now intended, to become a ‘city in a garden’. Many books have portrayed this government success story.

With a more abstract visual approach, unifying the built and plant environments, these photos will aim to add to the record. Amidst Singapore’s older areas, and in newer parts, the reflective images will seek to capture fresh, surprising impressions.

Check out this detailed, chronological account of how Singapore succeeded in greening its city: Living in a Garden, THE GREENING OF SINGAPORE. With informative historical and contemporary photos, and an accessible text, the book lovingly relates how the drab, rough-and-ready postwar city became today’s green metropolis – and a regional model.

Publisher: National Parks, Singapore, 2013