WHAT MAKES A GOOD PUBLIC SPACE

 The qualities that set a good public space apart from others are encapsulated in the acronym PLACES.

  

PLACES

 
 

Successful public spaces are those that are well used and loved by many people. While good design enhances the appeal of a place, regular programming actively draws in new and repeat users by giving people reasons to visit.
 

Raffles Place Park
Roving installation "Playsets of Yesteryears" at Raffles Place Park
 

Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
Marina Bay
 
Rhythms by the Bay is a monthly series of free cultural performances and concerts at the Marina Bay waterfront promenade. A community-engagement and outreach initiative, it intends to create a more vibrant Marina Bay and showcase performing talents in Singapore
 

 

Singapore is called a garden city for good reasons. Indeed, plans to create or enhance public spaces have always included bringing nature into urban areas and providing shade. Wherever possible, lush greenery and attractive waterbodies are also integrated to create exceptional destinations.
 

Zhongshan Park
Zhongshan Park
 
As a public space that is built and managed by the hotel, Zhongshan Park celebrates its connections to the rich cultural history of the nearby Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall and provides pleasant and green relief in the Balestier neighbourhood.
 

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
 
A notable example of retaining formerly utilitarian spaces can be seen in the conversion of the old Kallang River Canal into the naturalised river running through Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. It has become an accessible and much loved recreation spot.
 

 

To sustain usage, convenient access by public transport must be provided. Getting around should be easy in any weather, even for the less mobile. Creating car-free zones has been one effective way to create people-friendly spaces. Ann Siang Road, Club Street and Haji Lane become some of the most vibrant streets where the roads are turned to public spaces without having to worry about cars.
 

Ann Siang Hill (Source: Mr Vincent Yeo)
Ann Siang Hill
 © Vincent Yeo
 

 

Public spaces need to be safe and comfortable enough for people to linger. This often means having ample shade, sufficient seating, good lighting and universal design. Where appropriate, developers will be required to contribute public space as part of their developments.
 

The Cube, Asia Square
The Cube
 © Asia Square
 

 

Small or seemingly insignificant details can make a difference between an ordinary space and a remarkable one. By placing greater emphasis on design and details, we make a public space more engaging for everyone.
 

Bench (Source: Singapore Furniture Industries Council)
Bench
 © Singapore Furniture Industries Council
 
Strategically located benches refashioned from timber planks from the old National Stadium are delightful and encourage passers-by to slow down, linger and enjoy the city.
 

Marina Bay
An evening of fun at iLight Marina Bay 2012
 

 

Good public spaces are those that evoke a sense of delight. It could be a scenic view revealed, a humorous sculpture, an enthralling display of people enjoying themselves, or a boulevard of trees laden with vivid bloosoms! Good public spaces also allow people to share the space, watch out for each other, and just enjoy being there with other people.
 

Vivocity
Vivocity
 

Marina Barrage
Marina Barrage
 
Projects like Marina Barrage and VivoCity have rooftop public spaces with artwork and water features that have proved popular with the public. These projects showcase Singapore’s efforts at creating innovative and dual-use spaces for the public to enjoy.
 

Maple Tree Business City
Mapletree Business City
 
Mapletree Business City features an array of public art installations which become delightful gathering areas for the office-goers and visitors.