Winning ideas for Rail Corridor unveiled at launch of “Journey of Possibilities” exhibition

March 30, 2012 by  
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Press Release By URA, 30 March 2012.

Eighteen winning ideas were unveiled at the launch of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)’s “Journey of Possibilities” exhibition and awards presentation ceremony today at the URA Centre Atrium.

Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin presented prizes to the 18 winners during the launch of the “Journey of Possibilities” exhibition which will open from today to 11 May 2012. Another 19 ideas were recognised as “honourable mentions” for their creativity and surprising qualities. The winners will be sharing their ideas at a Public Presentation following the awards presentation ceremony.

Winning Ideas from local and overseas

URA launched the Ideas Competition on 30 November 2011 which was intended to draw innovative and fresh new ideas from the public in addressing some of the key challenges and issues in planning for the future use of the Rail Corridor. Please see Annex A on details of the Ideas Competition.

The Ideas Competition has attracted more than 200 submissions from both local and overseas participants. Other than practitioners such as architects and landscape architects, local submissions also came from education institutions such as Raffles Girls School (Secondary), Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary), Guangyang Secondary School as well as Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, National University of Singapore, Temasek Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic.

The Competition has also attracted overseas interest from Australia, United Kingdom, Denmark and the Netherlands as well as student submissions from the Community College of Philadelphia in the United States.

The issue “Extraordinary and Innovative Ideas for a Great Public Space” under the Open Category garnered the most number of entries and this is followed by the “Youth Challenge” which received the second highest number of ideas.

Please see Annex B on the list of winning ideas under each Issue and their respective jury citation.

The URA will study the ideas and concepts from all these entries and distil from them suitable design principles and parameters that can form part of the brief for the Rail Corridor Master Plan and Design Competition that is being considered at the moment.

Judging and awards

The jury panels comprise members from the Rail Corridor Consultation Group and representatives from the public and private sectors. The submissions were assessed by the jurors for their responsiveness to the challenge in the competition brief, the creativity and originality of their ideas, as well as the quality and clarity of the presentation. Please see Annex C on the list of members of the jury panel under each Issue.

For the Open Category, three top prizes were awarded for each issue, with cash values of S$2,000, S$1,000 and $500 respectively. For the Youth Challenge, three top prizes were also awarded comprising cash values of S$1,000, S$500 and S$250 respectively.

“Journey of Possibilities” exhibition

The “Journey of Possibilities” exhibition – which was officially launched by MOS Tan – will feature about 80 entries comprising the 18 winning ideas, 19 “honourable mentions” as well as other innovative entries received for the Ideas Competition. The exhibition will also showcase some of the interesting feedback and suggestions received on URA’s Rail Corridor website since its launch in July last year.

The exhibition will be held at the URA Centre Atrium, 45 Maxwell Road Singapore 069118 from 30 March to 11 May 2012 (Mondays to Fridays, 8.30am to 7pm / Saturdays: 8.30am to 5pm / Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays). Admission is free.

Source: URA

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