Greening by example
5 other urban greening projects leading the way
1. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Inspired by the national vision to create a ‘City in a Garden’, this three-stage mega-garden sits between Singapore’s business district and Marina Bay. Its gardens are home to 100 different species of birds and 500,000 plant species, as well as eye-catching 24-50 metre high ‘super trees’, which feature built-in photovoltaic cells to absorb solar energy.
2. Victor Civita Park, Sao Paulo
A once highly polluted area of Brazil was transformed into an attractive and enjoyable public space thanks to this project that includes an open air theatre and a sustainability museum. The eco-park sits on a floating wooden deck mounted over what was formerly an incinerating plant and includes solar panels and an extensive use of reclaimed wood.
3. Cheonggyecheon Park, Seoul
At the heart of bustling Seoul lies this serene and green 10.9 kilometre public park. The $900 million Cheonggyecheon Park reimagined an industrial eyesore and former open sewer into a popular destination for locals and tourists alike and also revived two historic bridges and a whole section of the city when it opened to the public in 2005.
4. The High Line, New York
The success of this public green space on top of an abandoned 2.3 kilometre-long railroad in Manhattan has spurred copycat ‘High Line’ style spaces all over the world. The former railway operated from 1934 to 1980 carrying mail, meat and agricultural goods from the meatpacking district of the industrial West Side and reopened in 2009 as a public park after a visionary overhaul by landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Refron.
5. Promenade Plantée, Paris
Before there was the High Line there was the Promenade Plantée, for a long time the only elevated park in the world. Built on abandoned railroads over 4.5 kilometres in the 12 arrondissement of Paris, the Promenade is a public park on the line that once connected the Bastille area to the eastern suburbs of Paris.