Archive for March, 2006

Singapore Gaga

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Just a few quick words … Waikay’s in the process of doing a follow up on the local film industry, but since it’s going to be awhile before he completes it, I thought I’ll say a few words first.

Singapore Gaga just started screening yesterday, at The Arts House. It’s a local documentary about an hour long by Director Tan Pin Pin. She started the project with the intentions of recording ‘Sounds of Singapore’, but it ultimately evolved into a documentary about it. You’ll be amazed as to how much we miss happening around us, just because too often we don’t stop and listen, or even when we stop, we don’t listen.

If you are interested in watching something different, do check out their website for more details.

from left to right:
moderator, margaret, director tan pin pin

A new naming excercise?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

I shudder at the thought of what they are planning to do to get this new “landmark bridge” named. After all, they spent enormous amounts of money renaming Marina Bay … Marina Bay, and an equally enormous amounts of money holding a contest to name the new budget terminal, settling for … The Budget Terminal.

They should just save their money and call it “Landmark Bridge”. It may sound doh, but at least they save a lot of money, and well, there is an explanation as to why it has been named “Landmark Bridge”.

And the ST should stop writing stuff that says the things the government has been doing for the past umpteen months is ‘hinting’ that the General Elections are drawing close. Hinting? For goodness sake, it’s not like they’re whispering. You can’t call blowing a loud fog horn hinting. We aren’t that dumb you know.

Seriously, what’s the diff anyway? Most of us won’t even get a chance to take part in it.

A futuristic bridge with a view

$68m bridge in Marina Bay area expected to be ready by 2009

Tuesday • March 7, 2006

Lee U-Wen

SINGAPOREANS and tourists will have one more reason to start flocking to the new-look Marina Bay. At the end of this year, work will begin on a futuristic, $68-million bridge that will link Marina Centre to the Bayfront area, which is where one of the two new Integrated Resorts (IR) will be located.

The as-yet unnamed “landmark bridge” will be built next to the Benjamin Sheares bridge and is expected to be ready by 2009.

It will have two parts: A six-lane road for vehicles and a six-metre wide curved pedestrian connection for visitors to stroll.

Giving details of this project in Parliament yesterday, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said the pedestrian part of the bridge will be a “world’s first” in terms of architecture and engineering design.

Its unique double helix design, two spiralling steel forms meant to resemble a DNA structure, symbolises “life and continuity, renewal and growth”, said Mr Mah.

The 280m-long bridge will take visitors on a walking route that will bring them past many major attractions including the Esplanade, the IR and the soon-to-be-built Singapore Flyer.

Besides giving visitors to the landmark bridge a bird’s eye view of the city skyline, there are also five extended viewing platforms, each of which will make a perfect vantage point for events, such as fireworks displays.

A team comprising Australian duo COX Group and Arup and local firm Architects 61 secured the bid to build the new bridge after emerging the winner in the international design tender consultancy organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

The team is behind the design of iconic structures around the world such as the Goodwill Bridge in Brisbane and the Millennium Bridge in London.

But Mr Mah wants talented youth to participate in the design process as well.

From today, they can submit their artworks and suggest ways to integrate their pieces into the design of the new bridge.

Eight youths picked will be paired with top local artists to develop their designs.

And while the day view already promises to be a spectacular one, the URA has promised that the Marina Bay area will look equally stunning at night.

A new lighting master plan has been developed that will light up not just the bridge but the entire city skyline. Already, the URA is busy encouraging building owners to provide such lighting to help create a whole new look for Singapore come nightfall.

The National Parks Board has also been roped in to ensure that greenery is not forgotten.

A landscape master plan has been drawn up which boasts unique planting schemes and colour themes to guide the planting of trees and shrubs along the main streets and boulevards.