Cool way to transform Rochor's hot back alleys
Proposal to shift shophouses' air-con units, introduce outdoor dining
They are the modern-day "desert" lands of Singapore. Miles and miles of lifeless back alleys behind shophouses crammed with unsightly air-conditioning units which can ramp up the temperature to 50 deg C.
But these lanes - a familiar sight in places like Duxton, Rochor and Jalan Besar - could come alive with alfresco dining and tree-lined walking paths if an ambitious idea to remove these units is adopted by the authorities.
The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) - a research centre jointly established by the National Research Foundation and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - is proposing integrating multiple air-con condensing units into single units on top of shophouse rooftops.
This would eliminate the hot and noisy split units from alleys, freeing them up for uses other than goods delivery access.
NEVER DONE BEFORE
This has not been done before elsewhere in the world. The technology already exists. None of this is rocket science.
- Researcher Marcel Bruelisauer, on integrating air-con split units behind shophouses into one to free up the back alleys