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Rooftop Gardens & City Farming!

Using the fact that 80% of Singaporeans live in flats, why not create extra living space on top of them? Such is the situation in New York where rooftops are converted into living spaces through the creation of gardens/greenhouses. City farming ftw!

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There are a lot, and I mean A LOT of high rise residential buildings in Singapore to house our growing population on this small land. Living in one myself, apart from the void decks which allow neighbours to interact, the surrounding parks and open areas do this as well. However, land is becoming more constrained, and the newer residential buildings lack much public spaces around them to allow the residents they house to assimilate naturally with the rest of its surroundings.

This idea jumped up at me because of its novelty. It's ingenious! It creates extra space from the current infrastructure set in Singapore. It seems almost too perfect. Singapore's tropical humid weather supports plant life quite well, and the community is affluent enough to support such an endeavour. Moreover, the practice of growing plants even in high-rise buildings is not new, as many households have pots of plants growing outside their doorstep along the corridors or in their balcony. I believe this practice can be extended to the rooftops where there is more space, better sunlight and where supporting facilities like a greenhouse and draining systems can be built.

New Yorkers have been reported to grow their own corn, cabbages and even tomatoes on the rooftops of their apartments, and either consume their produce or sell it at local farmers' markers.

For the architects and engineers, green walls in buildings have always been explored as a method of beautifying the facades. However, it has not seen much improvement in it's applications beyond aesthetics. This method of rooftop gardening would assimilate seemlessly into the current infrastructure and architecture of Singaporean life and high-rise flats.

The only drawback I see from this is that proper rooftop access have to be given, but I believe this is easily overcome with community support for the idea:)

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Roofscapes could be an amazing way to engage buildings, especially apartment buildings to engage with each other and learn more about your neighbors/community. The challenge is that not everyone loves gardening or climbing to the top floor of a building. Creating shared spaces including but not limited to movie screening spaces, classroom style seating and venues for people to gather may inspire neighbors up to the roof.

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Yea! I love the idea of green roofs, and it's currently being explored as a way of passive cooling of buildings so this just takes things one step furthur and one level down to the community. The idea of opening up more spaces in the air doesn't just apply to gardens of course, but image open patios or public spaces where people can meet, greet and have social gatherings!

I agree with you on the part about accessibility. The older buildings in Singapore have only a little ladder to get to the roof, and there's the issue of the amount of load it can handle as well. But I think if the idea sticks then these things could be worked out along the way:)

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