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Rooftops Going Green in Singapore, Literally

Posted: Jan. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Telok Blangah Estates in Singapore
Stefan Tan

Singapore has been doing well to adapt to its small land mass to work with over the decades and now it is making a big leap towards sustainability. Designs have been made for rooftop and vertical gardens that are both green and space efficient to help a nation that only grows 7% of its food.

With a population of five million crammed on a landmass of just 715 square kilometres, the tiny republic of Singapore has been forced to expand upwards, building high-rise residential complexes to house the country’s many inhabitants.


Now Singapore is applying the vertical model to urban agriculture — experimenting with rooftop gardens and vertical farms in order to feed its many residents.


Currently only seven percent of Singapore’s food is grown locally. The country imports most of its fresh vegetables and fruits daily from neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, as well as from more distant trading partners like Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Chile.


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