Eco-corridors below MRT tracks? It's one of 17 prize-winning ideas on using public space

SINGAPORE - Wooden tubs at Sembawang Hot Spring and a giant slide down Mount Faber could become a reality here.

These are some of the ideas for using forgotten spaces in Singapore that won prizes from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Thursday (Nov 19).

The team of Mr Lee Wei Sen, 26, and Ms Ng Siew Mun, 23, were among the eight winners of the My Ideas for Public Spaces competition. The pair, who graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts this year with a degree in spatial design, proposed having wooden tubs of various sizes at Sembawang Hot Spring.

"It's a very simple idea that you can collect the wooden barrel, fill it up on your own and soak in it and enjoy yourself," said Mr Lee.

The eight winners will receive $1,000 in cash, while the eight merit awards got $200 worth of book vouchers, and the one special mention won $100 in book vouchers. The competition, which ran from May 14 to July 3, received 158 entries from the public.

The URA said it will work with other government agencies to see if these ideas can be implemented.

Other winning ideas include transforming the space below MRT tracks to ecological corridors for birds, and letting neighbours leave usable, unwanted items at their void decks for others to take home.

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