Making Public Spaces Fun

Making Public Spaces Fun

What do you usually do when waiting at the bus-stop?

Soon it could be a more enjoyable experience.

DP.pngA group of young architects from DP Architects approached URA with a novel idea to design a bus stop to “make waiting fun”.

They re-imagined the bus-stop as a social space where people not only transit, but also discover new experiences, interact with one another and have some fun along the way.

Working closely with various Government agencies, they have now implemented their ideas in a bus-stop along Jurong East Central behind JCube.

This experiential bus stop incorporates several features:

  • Vertical greenery and solar panels
  • Free wifi coverage (available from Sep) and mobile phone charging points
  • Interactive smart boards to access information like bus timings, weather and the street directory
  • Books to browse and read, as well as e-books to download
  • Art panels depicting the evolving landscape of Jurong
  • Bicycle parking

featuresWe plan to try this out for a year and gather feedback from the community.

Thereafter, we will review the public response to the features and services to see if they should continue to be operational.

I’m very encouraged to see these young architects come forward with their ideas to make our public spaces more vibrant.

We hope to have more Singaporeans play an active role in shaping the use of our public spaces.

This is why URA has an initiative called “Our Favourite Place” to provide funding support to individuals and groups with ideas to activate and enliven our public spaces.

Planning our future city is not just a job for our urban planners.

We all can play a role in shaping our streets and public spaces.

The more we do so, the more we strengthen our sense of ownership, identity and emotional connection to Singapore our home.

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