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Garden City: Past and Present

ArteFact (Singapore)

Saturday, 19 September 2015 from 14:00 to 15:30 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

Garden City: Past and Present

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Singapore has always prided itself as being a Garden City, with some even labelling our city-state to be the working model of maintaining nature as an integral part of an urban landscape. The Singapore government’s greenery policies since our founding days has led to a gradual increase in green cover over the past 30 years. However, not all green cover types can be considered equal when it comes to biodiversity, with Singapore having suffered the heaviest biodiversity loss among South-east Asian countries. Urban ecologist Dr Chong Kwek Yan will present about how Singapore’s greenery has changed over the last 200 years while environmental art photographer Ms Zen Teh will share how she explores the relationship between urban development and our natural environment in her artwork. Together, they will discuss the value of such “novel ecosystems”. Can man-made green spaces like recreational parks provide the same ecosystem services as our nature areas and nature reserves? Should we think about conserving secondary ecosystems that have emerged after human intervention? 


Speakers: Dr Chong Kwek Yan, Ms Zen Teh Shi Wei

Moderator: Dr Chua Siew Chin

(NOTE: The original science speaker Mr Lahiru Wijedasa is ill and unable to join the discussion this Sat. Hence there has been a slight change in topic.)

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Imagine, Library@Orchard
277 Orchard Road
#03-12 / #04-11 Orchard Gateway
Singapore, 238858

Saturday, 19 September 2015 from 14:00 to 15:30 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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ArteFact (Singapore)

Cantik Lah Singapore! A Dialogue Between Nature and Art is an event organized under the umbrella of ArteFact, a collective of scientists and artists who are dedicated to exploring new ways of communicating conservation science. 

Is Singapore divorced from Nature? Should we be proud of being a Garden City? How can art help save Nature? Reflect upon these issues and more through panel discussions and photography workshops that marry Nature with the visual arts. 

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