How to landscape a city

The Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore. © Darren Chin

Leading landscape architect and director of Grant Associates in Bath, Andrew Grant is giving a talk on the significance of sustainable landscaping in the stunning city state of Singapore at 7:30pm 11th February 2019 at the Bath Royal Literary & Science Institution.

Andrew led the design team on the £500 million Gardens by the Bayproject at Bay South in Singapore, a project that featured in David Attenborough’s Planet Earth 2 and hascontributed to Singapore achieving greater biodiversity than any other major conurbation.

screenshot 2019-01-16 at 07.43.47
Andrew Grant

Singapore’s status as a ‘City in a Garden’ rather than merely a garden city is what marks it out from competingurban centres and provides a framework for delivering a better quality of life for its residents.

Andrew Grant will outline how the landscape of Singapore has continued to evolve from its earliest history as a dense jungle populated with tigers, through the impact of Raffles and the East India Company opening up SE Asia for spices, rubber, coffee and tea; Singapore’s Botanic Gardens; the role of landscape in Lee Kuan Yew’s city state vision and through to Singapore as a ‘City in a Garden’ via new landscape icons such as Gardens by the Bay.

The latter project involved measures such as the planting of two million trees and the cleaning of waterways, resulting in the return of a wide range of animals including otters and a city that is now richer in species than any other in the world.

SONY DSC
The Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore. © Darren Chin

Grant Associates was formed by Andrew in 1997 to explore landscape architecture within sustainable development. He is known for a creative approach to sustainable landscape design and the integration of landscape with engineering and architecture to create distinctive contemporary places with a strong ecological character.

In 2012 Andrew was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his pioneering global work in Landscape Architecture. In 2010 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA reflecting the strong relationships he has developed with many of the leading architects in the UK and abroad and his work on key architectural projects such as the 2008 Stirling Prize-winning Accordia.

Each lecture takes approximately 45 minutes and allows 45 minutes for questions.
Tickets Sold through Bath Box Office 01225 463362/bathboxoffice@visitbath.co.uk
Visitors: £7.00 BRLSI Members£4.00 All Welcome. (plus £1.00 transaction fee.)
Income from ticket sales is used to cover the cost of making this lecture available to the public.

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) is an educational charity based in the centre of Bath.

The Institution runs a programme of more than 150 public lectures each year of topics including science, philosophy, art and literature. It also maintains collections of minerals, fossils and other items, as well as a library of rare books.

The BRLSI’s Jenyns Room is one of Bath’s leading gallery spaces with a year-round programme of art and museum exhibitions.