SMART CITY: CONVERT ABANDONED URBAN SPACE TO MULTI-FUNCTIONAL LINKAGE FROM MRT STATION TO RESIDENTIAL AND RECREATIONAL PARK

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Hello everybody,
How are you recently? Hope you always doing well wherever you are.
Today I would like to introduce you an innovative urban outdoor design in Singapore which is a MRT linkage connecting Ang Mo Kio MRT Station to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

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This linkage was a piece of abandon urban space under the existing MRT track. The creativity of design team and consultants converted it into a multifunction space with cycling track, pedestrian walkway and jogging track that linking the public to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park by sheltered condition under the existing MRT tracks.

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The gentle sloping ramps were built along the way for better riding experience for the cyclists.

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The cycling track was painted in red colour which looks like a ‘Red Carpet’ is creating the sense of welcoming the cyclists from Ang Mo Kio MRT Station.

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Besides the red painted cycling track, the remaining area is pedestrian walkway connecting to residential blocks surrounding the MRT track.

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The safety railings were proposed along cycling track due to the different height level between MRT Linkage and the existing ground level.

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There are some opening of railing to allow pedestrians to walk in and out from MRT Linkage.

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A number of light posts are fixed along the cycling track and pedestrian walkway.

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The greenery landscape next to MRT Linkage, there are some clusters of Kopsia fruticosa and Tabernaemontana divaricata are planted. Due to the steep slope condition, only shrub species are suitable to be planted at this particular landscape areas.

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An unique conservatory with variety of indoor plants exhibition. The conservatory is fixed with indoor lights to provide lights to the planting beds. But I think the conservatory design is too small and less attracting the pedestrians to drop by have a look.

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Both sides of greenery planting are soften and beautify the hardscape areas. Therefore, landscape is significant element to enhance the value of the architectural design.

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The signboards of Covid-19 safety measure are placed at the light posts along the walkway. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the gathering and sitting are not allowed to control the people meeting over there.

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Continue my journey, I saw some fitness equipment next to the jogging track.

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Many fitness enthusiasts like to visit this MRT linkage for exercise and jogging after work or during the weekends. Especially during the raining day, it is quite popular spot for fitness enthusiasts because it is full covered by existing MRT tracks.

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The seating are installed near to the MRT Station zone for resting after long walk or exercise.

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The new built of covered ramps which’s connecting the MRT Linkage to residential blocks that bring convenience to the cyclists, disable or handicapped people.

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Another new built staircase was added to improve the accessibility of MRT Linkage to surrounding HDB blocks.

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In the end of the journey, I saw the bike parking zone which’s near to Ang Mo Kio MRT Station. The bike owner could park their bike here before heading to MRT Station. There are many bikes here because the parking space was wide and full sheltered.

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Variety of tropical plants were planted both sides of the MRT Linkage.

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The plant species are selected as they are hardy and bushy such as Costus Woodsonii, Hamelia patens, Tabernaemontana divaricata, Jatropha integerrima, Tristellateia australasiae, and Aristolochia littoralis.

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The daily full sunlight is providing the best condition for sun lover plant species.

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This MRT Linkage has nice gentle slope is providing a great walking and cycling journey to the pedestrians and cyclists.

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In the end of my journey, I reached Ang Mo Kio MRT Station. Next to the MRT Station is a shopping mall “AMK Hub”.

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Opposite of the AMK Hub. There are planted a number of big Angsana trees, Pterocarpus indicus. The regular of tree pruning maintenance is on-going.

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A busy and crowded MRT Station during the peak hours in morning and evening time. But because of Covid-19 tighten measure by government, working from home is default for all the office staffs, the MRT Station less crowded and packed as previous.

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How do you think about the urban design in changing the abandoned space to be a functional space?

Hope you enjoy reading my sharing.

Wish you have a wonderful day!
Thank you.



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What a brilliant idea and so well do me with all the greenery either side it’s a great place to ride walk or run

I think the conservatory is a good idea but agree it could have been larger

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

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Thank you @tattoodjay. Yes, it is a nice built that completed last 4 years.
Wishing you have a great weekend. Stay safe.
Thank you☺️

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Greetings! First of all, I would like to say that your photography is very good. And I love the way how the space is converted into a multi-function. The red paint, the fitness equipment, the green landscape made the space very appealing to bikers and pedestrians alike, a very useful innovation.

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Thank you @afterglow.
Yes, the MRT linkage became very useful space for cycling, walking and jogging. Even sometime this space is used for Zumba, fitness training and movie photography spot.
Therefore, I think it is a successful urban outdoor space design works and worthy to share with your guys.
Hope you have a nice weekend. Stay safe.
Thank you.

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You're welcome. It is indeed a successful urban outdoor space desgin.

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Hello Cherry. Abandoned architecture, especially public structures, would most probably regain new life. It simply depends on the government or the private institutions who are handling them. Singapore, being a super innovative city, undoubtedly never fails to find new solutions for old problems. And that MRT track is one perfect example of how far design creativity can reach.

As a Landscape Architect, what do you think is the most difficult area to renovate in that abandoned landmark?

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Hi Erne, how are you recently? Thank you for dropping by and commenting. It's my pleasure 😊
Every piece of land is precious, especially a small country. There is usually no good planning under the mrt track, and it will become a wasteland.
I think the difficulty should be how to re-plan the abandoned place become a attractive place by understanding the needs of local residents, and make a very practical and aesthetically space.
The hardest thing is to complete it within the client budget and minimise the maintenance cost by applying low maintenance design.
This MRT linkage completed last 4 years. Some of the proposed plants die and removed out. Therefore, the landscape become very simple currently.
Any idea or suggestion regarding abandoned place in your city?
Wishing you have a great and safe weekend ❤️ Thank you Erne.

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Yes, that's true. It's definitely a huge challenge to redesign abandoned urban spaces. In our particular city, for instance, that's also a major issue due to the lack of financial budget and the problem of flooding brought about by frequent typhoons, Garbade disposal is also another headache as they continuously clog the overflowing sewers and drainage systems.

Have a lovely weekend Cherry! Take care! 😊

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Yes. Agreed. I think most challenging now is the projects delaying with having lesser budget but high demands due to Covid-19 pandemic. Not easy to handle.
Wishing you have a great week ahead! Thank you Erne :)

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Dear @cherryng, congratulations with the excellent result in this week competition - the "bronze medal" 🥉! The multi-functional urban object you presented in this post is stunning! It is really very functional and well-kept. What I like most is conservatory with plants exhibition and plant-like paintings on the road. Thank you for sharing the information about this object with us.

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Thank you @olgavita. Your positive comments makes my day.
Wishing you a nice day and stay safe. Thank you. 😄🌻

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