How Landscape Architecture Is Shaping Singapore


Landscape architecture helps to breathe new life into otherwise plain, boring buildings. Campuses, streetscapes, malls, schools, and other buildings come alive in all their rich personalities and vibrancy with creatively tasteful landscape architecture.

Landscape architecture is the art of creating a beautiful exterior within the vicinity of the mentioned building.

Successful interpretations create an observable landscape that’s unexplainably joyful and soothing with the natural ability to heighten the senses for a more inviting overall experience.

This is often achieved with flowers, shrubs, plants, bridges and other creative fixtures – and even lightings – to create a certain ambience, so the building and its surrounding align themselves to the same design theme for a more consistent and harmoniously seamless look.


There are good landscape architects, then there are the great ones – with those in the latter category worth their salt being able to achieve even greater feats like incorporating individual design elements into the existing look & feel of the whole community at large, so that it never runs out of character on a corporate level.

What do landscape architects do?

Research and understanding the ground is vital, and it’s the duty of landscape architects is to analyze, plan, design, manage and nurture the built and natural environment surrounding it.

Coming up with the right architectural landscape is more of a disciplined approach than it is a wild, creative expedition going off in all the wrong directions.  It often requires thinking within the box, than outside of it.


Architectural landscape plays a complementary role. As such, the aesthetic solutions and ideas conceived have to fit into the existing design elements of the entire area. And not the other way round.

A well thought out visual concept will spread out beautifully like a giant canvas that comprises tasteful diversity and precious individuality.

Urban landscaping architecture

Understandably, it’s about finding the right fit. Urban landscaping architecture would obviously differ from its rural counterpart.

Urban landscaping architecture involves a good understanding of urbanism, which is the comprehensive study and development of cities. Information gathered from such a study allows for a more effective evaluation on project feasibility.  

The urban scene is full of streets and public spaces, thus making it beautiful is as important as making it usable and practical.

Engaging the explorations of new “hybrid” land use models is also a novel way of reconciling low-density employment land with the growing requirement for housing.

Studies are ongoing to uncover new ways of challenging conventional thinking, definition and future direction of urban landscaping architecture


Rural landscape architecture

Conserving the pristine greenery of mother earth is the sacred duty of responsible rural landscape architects. As such, sustainability should be a prime consideration in the overall planning stages.

The secondary consideration should be how the landscape architecture in a rural area can enhance interaction and seek to bring together community life by incorporating much common green spaces for the participation of everyone.

 Broadly speaking, landscape architecture is multi-faceted and complex – Especially here in Singapore, where the dynamics of race and heritage play an important influencing role in the shapes and forms that local landscape architecture takes on. Hence, landscape architects should be dilligent in keeping up with the ever-evolving design trends and emerging social corporate responsibility guidelines to stay relevant…

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