The Garden City Movement was started 1898 by Sir Ebenezer Howard. Garden cities were intended to be planned, self-contained communities surrounded by "greenbelts", containing proportionate areas of residences, industry and agriculture.When he started the movement, cars were not part of his big picture. The community was supposed to be self sustaining with the farms that formed the greenbelt but the farmers started selling their produce to companies. The future clearly was not what he envisioned.
Growing up in the 70’s, I remember Singapore was touted ‘The Garden City’ for the greenery that lined up on our roads and city. Singapore has a land area of 704 km2. 50% of the space is covered by greenery. At the same time, there is endless construction going on - the constant building of new train stations to ease traffic congestion; new condominiums and flats sprouting at every corner to house our increasing population.
The Singapore I know is not perfect but it’s my home. I want to photograph what I see and feel. The CBD, seemingly peaceful after a bustling day of business; a welcome sign on top of a building, inviting its viewers to explore our island; fake palm trees among real trees in my town centre; the tree in my neighborhood that looks like a Xmas tree if I just squint my eyes. This is my version of our Garden City.