Proposal for An Urban Wildlife ‘Edu-sanctuary’ Posted on September 20, 2023 (September 21, 2023) by Dinda Years2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 30-day free access to FuturArc App CategoriesMain Feature City Profile Showcase Commentary Commentary / 3rd Quarter 2023 Proposal for An Urban Wildlife ‘Edu-sanctuary’ September 20, 2023 Singapore, especially post-independence, has transformed its landscape of sprawling farmlands into an urban cityscape. About 80 per cent of the population lives in public housing, where each unit can only legally own one dog of an approved breed. This suggests that the ratio of animal to human interaction or familiarity amongst the majority of the populace has been limited, to say the least. Existing site photo; northeast view Southeast view All images courtesy of Diane Lee With an increased awareness of mental wellness, better understanding of animal-human dynamics, and implications of an ageing population, Singapore has begun to explore novel approaches of healthcare through animal-assisted interactions (AAI) with the help of animals such as cats, dogs and horses. RELATED: Designing for Non-humans as an Act of Service Aside from AAI being advantageous to human health, the mutual benefits include improved care and well-being for both people and animals. This approach is being explored alongside prioritising ecologically sensitive areas in Singapore for preservation, reconnecting sporadic terrestrial habitats and re-educating the public about interacting with animals and wildlife. This proposal entitled BIOTOPIA aims to develop a sanctuary that allows for safe human-animal interactions, coexisting harmoniously within the local ecosystem. The process begins with evaluating current vacant lands in proximity to specific target groups, using geographic software like QGIS and generative algorithms such as in Grasshopper, and assessing their potential to be part of an ecological corridor. Four possible intervention opportunities were identified: Bukit Timah; Labrador Nature Reserve; MacRitchie Reservoir; and Tagore. The Tagore site was selected as it has two discrete green-blue environments that can be connected with the Central Catchment Reserve. ⠀ [This is an excerpt. Subscribe to the digital edition or hardcopy to read the complete article.] PROJECT DATA LocationTagore CountrySingapore Site Area17,330 square metres This proposal was a submission of FuturArc Prize 2023 by Diane Lee. As someone who is fascinated by domesticated animals and wildlife, Lee pursues her keen interest in designing spatial experiences that benefit both humans and animals. Growing up in a highly urbanised environment, she sees the need to rethink how society can rebuild its relationship with Nature while balancing societal needs. FuturArc Prize 2024: Architecture for Life After … is open for entries! Register now on FuturArc App! ⠀ Read more stories from FuturArc 3Q 2023 Green Awards: Cross-Generational Architecture! To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues. Previously Published Commentary Commentary / 3rd Quarter 2023Designing for Non-humans as an Act of Service Commentary3rd Quarter 2023Designing for Non-humans as an Act of Service Commentary / 3rd Quarter 2023Birdhouses Commentary3rd Quarter 2023Birdhouses Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.