Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday (20th June 2013), 7-10pm: Nature and the Big City by The Leafmonkey Workshop

The forest and the city: the view along the Southern Ridges;
(Photo by PKPix)

Nature and the Big City

How can we have nature in Singapore city? What is the history and process of urban planning and development in Singapore? How can we manage the trade-offs between conservation and development?

When: Thursday, 20th June 2013, 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Where: Civil Service College, 31 North Buona Vista Road, Singapore 275983

More info here

What is this workshop about?

This workshop introduces the history and process of planning and urban development in Singapore. Find out how to decipher the future plans for Singapore, the difference between nature reserves and other nature areas and how we can manage the trade offs between conservation and development. Our panel of speakers will also share ideas of how we can have nature in our big city and what each of us can do.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in learning, sharing and doing more for nature! This workshop is useful for all who are interested to learn more as well as seasoned members of the community who would like to exchange ideas on how we can creatively have nature in our big city.

City reefs: Kusu Island's living reefs with city skyline
City reefs: Kusu Island's living reefs with city skyline;
(Photo by Ria)


The workshop will see a panel of speakers from diverse fields to share ideas with participants and more importantly, to spur creative exchanges between participants. This workshop will be an active exchange between you and other participants, to brainstorm practical ideas and possible solutions.

Dr Lai Chee Kien

Dr Lai Chee Kien is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He is a registered architect, and graduated from the National University of Singapore with a M Arch. by research (1996), and a PhD in HIstory of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley (2005). He researches on histories of art, architecture, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia. His books include "A Brief History of Malayan Art"(1999), "Building Merdeka" (2007) and "Cords to Histories" (2013).

Khew Sin Khoon, ButterflyCircle
Khew is an architect in private practice, and has been involved in a number of ecological and gardens projects with the National Parks Board, amongst these are the Masterplan of Labrador Park, Kent Ridge Park & Canopy Walk, Ginger Garden, Evolution Garden, Children's Garden, Symphony Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Redevelopment of Chek Jawa, Sg Buloh Wetland Reserve Redevelopment and more recently, Gardens by the Bay.

He also runs the ButterflyCircle website and has been a volunteer in biodiversity surveys for NParks, as well as, being involved in the creation of butterfly-friendly gardens at Alexandra Hospital, Pulau Ubin Butterfly Hill, Butterfly Garden at Hort Park and Tampines-Changkat Butterfly Garden. He is also an Hon Research Associate at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS.


Registration is strongly advised as it allows us to better customize the workshop to suit YOUR needs! If you have difficulty submitting your registration on this website, please email us at leafmonkey[@]gmail[.]com.

Please register by 17 June 2013.

7.00pm - Registration, Networking, Bring your own Dinner!
7.30pm - Short sharing by speakers
8.30pm - Workshop discussion and group presentations.
9.30pm - End of workshop

Our workshops are free! Workshops are run by volunteers for volunteers. Any contribution is most welcome because your support helps us keep the workshops alive! Find out more.

Land Use Beyond 2030 Plan for Singapore
Map of Singapore from the Land Use Plan, showing possible land use allocation beyond 2030;
(Image from Ministry of National Development)

About The Leaf Monkey Workshop:

The Leafmonkey Workshop is an intellectual garage that organises workshops and provides a platform for networking, learning, sharing and doing for nature groups, nature volunteers and nature lovers, and is the latest initiative by the Leafmonkey and her many collaborators. Much emphasis is given in each of the workshops on methods, content and techniques in engaging the public and our community.

Workshops are conducted by various invited speakers who are either academic experts or deeply experienced naturalists in the field. Participation is open to all interested groups and individuals. Customized workshops for organisations and groups can also be arranged.

After a hiatus, my friend November is back with another series of workshops for people interested in making a difference for nature in Singapore. If you're interested in this month's topic, do sign up and participate!

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