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BLOG: Data and the city - Lessons from Singapore

Roger Wood, (ART+DATA) Institute | Nov. 20, 2012
Statistical approaches to green space planning could be the future of quantifying proper land use, instead of political favors to developers that often end in inefficient, monstrous design.

During my journey from London to the beautiful town of Harpenden to visit the grounds of Ashridge, I realized how much of England had been originally designed to showcase natural green space. The staff at Ashridge have true appreciation for how green design transforms the very nature of work. It struck me that data-driven emphasis on greening inspired by Singapore's Index simply returned London to its own long legacy of harmonious design.

Singapore Provides a Roadmap

Statistical approaches to green space planning could be the future of quantifying proper land use, instead of political favors to developers that often end in inefficient, monstrous design. Instead of emphasizing metrics promoting square feet of office space, maybe the answer is to require  developers to develop green space in correlation with office space built. It's difficult to argue against this, given Singapore's GDP per square foot of green space.

Roger Wood is the founder of the (ART+DATA) Institute in San Francisco, California.

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