Singapore Green Vision© Luca Locatelli
"I grew up in a small town surrounded by tress in Italy, but my life has brought me to deal with pollution problems in Asia. I’ve always been uneasy with pollution and chaos and I dream to live in a place where great architecture, design, transportation and trees can live in harmony.
But this is not happening much in big cities of Asia and the highest levels of air pollution in the world is coming from Asian countries with a huge impact on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere.
Singapore, the city-state, is thinking different since 1960s, when the Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew envisioned Singapore as a ‘Garden City in the heart of Asia’. In 1963, he planted the first tree to start the campaign to make Singapore green. Since then, open spaces were turned into parks and gardens, they planted tens of thousands of trees from different varieties and become attractive for foreigner investors.
Since August 2011, the National Parks rolled out a series of activities to encourage the community to contribute ideas to transform Singapore from a Garden City to a ‘City in a Garden’
I see for the very first time in 2010 the way they are fronting the situation with a perfect pragmatical Asian style. Singapore is nowadays combining the exponential growth of the city-state with its quality of air, overheating, health and lifestyle.
The Clean and Green Singapore campaign has been kicking around for close to two decades now and 900 ha of land has been set aside for the development of new parks over the next 10 to 15 years. Everything is perfectly under control, every single corner is part of the project and the green vision is always central.
Singapore is considered now one of the greenest city in the world.
I’ve been shooting Singapore’s Green Plan for the last 4 years, trying to find some form of spontaneity."
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