Making S'pore a cooler city with more trees, better designs: Desmond Lee to push boundaries on sustainability

National Development Minister hopes to adapt building designs and alter mindsets

The Straits Times speaks with Minister for National Development Desmond Lee to find out more about the plans to make Singapore a City in Nature.
Minister for National Development Desmond Lee at the Botanic Gardens last Wednesday. The new City in Nature concept includes a more aggressive push to protect green spaces and change the way parks are designed, so they look more natural and less mani
Minister for National Development Desmond Lee at the Botanic Gardens last Wednesday. The new City in Nature concept includes a more aggressive push to protect green spaces and change the way parks are designed, so they look more natural and less manicured.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

By 2030, urban life in Singapore is likely to look greener and feel cooler. More buildings could see facades clad in a protective envelope of nature, said National Development Minister Desmond Lee, as he set out his vision of a City in Nature.

The country is planting one million more trees, which will make the outdoors cooler. Indoor temperatures, too, will be made more comfortable, with improved building design that places windows where they can best harness natural ventilation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2020, with the headline 'Singapore seeks to push the boundaries on sustainability'. Subscribe