Like New York, Chicago, and Paris, Singapore now has plans to turn their abandoned infrastructure into a sprawling high line. The Keretapi Tanah Melayu railroad was built in 1903 with elaborate stations and spanned almost the entire country in its prime. The line closed in 2011 and Singapore launched a design competition last year to solicit ideas on how best to utilize the abandoned stations and tracks. The winning design was a 15 mile long park. From Gizmodo:
It took New York almost a decade to complete the full 1.5-mile-long High Line; doing the same for the 15-mile-long line will presumably take a little longer. For now, the designers will focus on completing a first chunk, only 2.5 miles long. Nikken Sekkei (the designers) envisioned a green causeway linked by eight different hubs, each anchored by a historic station, that are devoted to things like community gardens, viewing platforms nearby the city, and even a fishing pond. The idea is to use the greenway as “a catalyst to development and community bonding,” and increase biodiversity, too. One station will house “art clubs, a railway gallery, exhibition space, auditorium, cafés and modular pop-up community kiosks.”
Check out more details and full pictures from Gizmodo here.
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