URA seeks ideas to revive forgotten public spaces in Singapore

A back alley in Tiong Bahru. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is inviting the public to submit creative ideas for underused pockets of public space in Singapore. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
A back alley in Tiong Bahru. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is inviting the public to submit creative ideas for underused pockets of public space in Singapore. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - If you have a good idea to transform an overlooked public space, you may be able to win $1,000.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is inviting the public to submit creative ideas for underused pockets of public space in Singapore.

These ideas will serve as inspiration for future PubliCity programmes. There are 10 prizes of $1,000 each to be won.

PubliCity is an initiative to enliven public spaces through good design and programmes.

The public can submit ideas for forgotten spaces such as the gaps between buildings, spaces under expressways, hidden paths and backlanes.

The URA said it is "looking for ideas that can creatively transform these spaces, making them inviting and accessible for the community".

URA launched the first edition of the competition in late 2013 as part of the Draft Master Plan 2013. During its previous competition, creative ideas were sought for four spaces - The Lawn @ Marina Bay, spaces along the Singapore River Promenade, an open space in Kampong Glam, and Woodlands Civic Plaza.

The competition, which ended on Feb 14 last year, saw over 160 entries, of which 11 received awards.

"We were delighted with the many innovative ideas received in the first competition and have adapted some of them for our PubliCity projects. With the spotlight turning to forgotten spaces this year, we hope the public can apply the same inventiveness to turn these overlooked spaces into delightful, meaningful ones that the community can enjoy," said Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of URA.

Members of the public who are interested in this year's competition can submit their entries by hand or mail between May 14 and June 26.

The public can visit ura.sg/myideas2015 for more competition details.