Opening of Community Garden @ NorthBridge
“A garden conceived with love”… That was how the Guest of Honour at the opening of the community garden at North Bridge described it.
The community garden evolved from a successful project by SDN students from the Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design (now known as Diploma in Architecture), who participated in MAD in Singapore Summit in June 2017. The Summit was organised by the Diploma with the support of URA under the “My Favourite Place” Programme. The Summit aimed to create a platform for design students from institutions nationwide, to come together to initiate, cultivate and implement projects for and with the public, to create positive impact in various public spaces.
This community garden was designed with the intention to welcome all members of the community at North Bridge Road, including those on wheelchairs, and to bring them together.
A "pretend play" area, in the form of an old cabin, was included next to the existing pavilion, to invite young children and their care givers, to play, have fun and interact with each other.
The garden was created with recyclable elements like the oil barrels for seats and planters. Backrests from existing seats were demolished and were re-used for the new seats made of old oil barrels and concrete. The garden also included a truck cabin purchased from a scrap yard to promote sustainability.
Guest of Honour, Ms Denise Phua, Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency and Mayor of Central Singapore District, acknowledged the role SDN students in designing this project. SDN students started out with the vision, conceptualised it and worked in collaboration with the architect in making this vision come true. In her speech, Ms Phua also commented that the garden was conceived with love, with the aim to bring love to the residents!