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U of I Landscape Architecture Expert Publishes Book on Singapore as Model for Green Space Design

June 21, 2019

Raffaella Sini, assistant professor in the College of Art and Architecture's Landscape Architecture Program, is publishing a book that highlights how the small island nation of Singapore, with its rapid urbanization and exponential growth since achieving sovereignty in 1965, is a “relevant case study for the planning and design of public parks and open green spaces."

Sini writes how Singapore has "earned a 'green reputation' for systematically integrating nature into urban transformations" to mitigate "the adverse consequences of large-scale urbanization" and contribute to the "health and welfare of the population."

Sini also explores how Singapore is using its park system to establish a national identity after gaining independence from colonial British rule in 1963. Published by Springer Singapore as part of its Advancement in 21st Century Human Settlements series, Sini's book, “Singapore's Park System Master Planning: A Nation Building Tool to Construct Narratives in Post-Colonial Countries,” is also available for download in digital form.

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