At the "Living with the Rising Seas" Idea Competition by Public Utilities Board (PUB), our undergraduate students Yeong Yoong Sze (ENE/Y4), Tan Zhi Xian (ENE/Y3), Yew Jun Hao (ENSU/Y3) and Chai Jin Xie (CEE/Y3) won two entries in Typology B – Nature Centred Coastline and Typology C – Recreational Seafront.
PUB invited students from local tertiary institutions to demonstrate ideas to protect the South-eastern coastline of Singapore in the face of rising sea levels while achieving liveability, flexibility, and sustainability. A total of 32 entries were submitted by more than 110 students from eight tertiary institutions including Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). The ideas and concepts from the competition may be considered in the formulation of coastal protection measures by PUB.
Our students' winning entries are below:
Typology B: Nature-Centred Coastline
Trifoliate Horizon at Labrador Park and Berlayer Creek
Trifoliate Horizon adopts innovative strategies to conserve our natural heritage and to expand our island-wide network of play corridors, parks, sports facilities, and green spaces, while protecting our coastlines. This creates more opportunities for residents to connect with nature and enjoy a variety of recreational experiences.
Proposed a curvilinear living seawall that encourages coral colonisation which contributes to wave attenuation by acting as a natural barrier. Tidal pools can also be constructed on seawalls to allow public accessibility to biodiversity at low tide. A proposal to renew the jetty into an ecological jetty. To tackle potential inland flood at Berlayer Creek, proposed a set back for mangrove expansion, while a tidal gate pumping station might be needed if the sea level rises even higher in the future.
Typology C: Recreational Seafront
Emerald Coast at East Coast and Long Island (Future Reclaimed Land)
Emerald consists of 3 islands that string Changi City to Founders Memorial. It concentrates diverse experiences for the people, weaving a tapestry of leisure, travel, heritage, business, luxury, education, retail, housing and greenery into the landscape.
Proposed using Xblocs, an innovative concrete structure to act as the main component for coastal structures such as revetment, breakwater and dikes. The amphitheatre integrated with the pump stations will act as a recreational area while serving the reservoir that will be controlling the water height at 1-2m at East Coast Park. A perched beach is proposed in the middle island, mainly for tourist attractions. A key highlight is the Coral Paradise which is designed to attract and cultivate corals and marine biodiversity while providing educational purpose for the people. Other elements such as mangrove trail, water plaza and wetland bio garden was introduced as well