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Supertrees – Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

September 6, 2012

These “supertrees” are the central iconic feature of Singapore’s recently inaugurated billion-dollar Garden’s by the Bay, mega-progect. The structures range in size from 25 to 50 meters tall and are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the some of the ecological function of real trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which is then used for such functions as lighting; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays. The supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the cooling systems of the two large conservatories. conservatories’. I was recently in Singapore on a trip for work, researching this new municipal garden among other things. I’ll upload some additional photos in the upcoming days. The conservatories at Gardens by the Bay were especially impressive… more to come.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2012 10:08:49 pm

    Thats one way to give the city skyline a bit of interest other than skyscrapers isn’t it? Now we just have to get them to use edible vines and plants to not only fix the carbon but also to feed the people :)

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 6, 2012 10:08:47 pm

    I saw the article in Topos, amazing. The one explanation I found lacking was their plan on water collection and retention. I hope to find more details soon!

    • September 7, 2012 10:08:22 am

      Apparently the park is completely self sufficient in irrigation water. If you look at an overhead image all of the surrounding lagoons are water catchment/ retention reservoirs. All water runoff from rooftops, pathways, non-permeable surfaces generally ends up in this lake system from which point it is reused for irrigation.

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