Plants overrun housing project in Chengdu, turning ‘eco-paradise’ into mosquito-infested jungle


I Ji BEIJING (AFP) – An experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a “vertical forest”, with manicured gardens on every balcony. An experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a “vertical forest”, with manicured gardens on every balcony.

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Nature-loving S’poreans surprised by abundance of wildflowers on grass verges during CB period

There have been some rather interesting observations during this circuit breaker period such as canes being sold out in Singapore, and mould growing on leather goods in a shuttered mall in Malaysia.

As many daily activities have been put to a halt as a result of Covid-19, here’s another unexpected “side-effect”— a pleasant sight of wildflowers greets those who still venture out for work, purchasing essentials and exercise.

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How effective are wildlife corridors like Singapore’s Eco-Link?

In a bid to mitigate these problems, the Eco-Link@BKE – an ecological corridor over the BKE – was built in 2013. It is the first overpass in Southeast Asia built specifically for wildlife, but more have been planned since. In 2011, the Malaysian government tabled a master plan to enhance existing eco corridors and establish new ones, including one within the Belum-Temengor forest landscape in Perak. These will connect the forest fragments making up the Central Forest Spine – home to the last remaining Malayan tigers (Panthera tigris jacksoni), which are classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. The Central Forest Spine also contributes 90% of Malaysia’s water supply.

But how effective are such projects, given that they can be considerably expensive? The Eco-Link, for example, cost $12.3 million to build.

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NTU Museum Symposium: Biodiver-city and Urban Futures

18 Jan 2020, Sat 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Presentation and Conversation: Biodiver-city and Urban Futures
with Animali Domestici, artists; Yun Hye Hwang, Associate Professor, School of Design and Environment, NUS; Sarah Ichioka, Desire Lines; and Michelle Lai, TANAH; moderated by Laura Miotto, Associate Professor, NTU ADM

Thinking through co-existence of species and the city as a habitat for diverse life forms, this panel consists of artists, researchers, and practitioners for whom interspecies interaction is at the core of their practice. Animali Domestici studied the existence of pythons in the city of Bangkok, Yun Hye Hwang observes the outcomes of zero intervention on landscapes, Sarah Ichioka looks at social-impact architecture at the intersections of urban planning and ecology, and Michelle Lai advocates for urban farming embedded in local culture and knowledge.

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