- 2West Masterplan: A New Paradigm in Urban Planning   click here to open paper content814 kb
by    Borja, Bij | bij.borja@jtc.gov.sg   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
The 2west Masterplan, an integrated mixed-use development, was
conceptualized in response to the issue of land scarcity in the small
island state of Singapore. One key feature of this development is the
Integrated e-deck (Environmental Deck), an innovative system of multiple
functions that redefines the concept of urban infrastructure.
With just approximately 730 square kilometres of land area, the competition
for land and labour in the small island state of Singapore has increasingly
heightened. To tackle such issue, new urban planning approaches and
innovative strategies have been developed to further optimize and intensify
land and increase productivity in Singapore. As the nationís leading
industrial developer and master planner, JTC Corporation has progressively
positioned itself as a key driver of land intensification by constantly
innovating and thinking of out of the box solutions while staying true to
its vision of creating a dynamic integrated industrial landscape.

This paper will share one of JTCís newest developments, the 2West Master
Plan and will discuss the future ready and innovative planning concepts in
structuring and strategizing the master planís overall framework. It will
also talk about the planning approaches adopted in addressing the concerns
over land scarcity, better distribution of good jobs and urban liveability
in a compact urbanity through a mixed-use integration and new urban
infrastructure so as to create inclusive and vibrant Work-Live-Play-Learn-
Make communities.

One of the key planning strategies for this development is to create a
seamless connectivity and integration between the elements of 2West and
their surrounding communities to promote a utopian lifestyle in a car free
environment supported by the cutting edge economy and technology. The
enabler of such strategy is the Integrated e-Deck (Environmental Deck), an
innovative urban infrastructure envisaged to link up the various elements
in 2West and span approximately 5 kilometres across the entire development.
The e-Deck at 2West is a super efficient form of an integrated and a
synergistic relationship between public facilities such as public open
spaces, amenities and hub parking, the environmental and micro climatic
medium such as urban greeneries, storm water management and a state-of-the-
art logistics such as the Estate-wide Goods Mover System (eGMS).

As a green artery, it will first and foremost serve as an elevated ground
space that will provide car-free, walkable and green environment for the
communities to foster interaction and enhance liveability. This deck level
will also be integrated with a People Mover System that provides efficient
public transportation and strengthens the developmentís accessibility with
its smart and green technology. Housed underneath the deck are two other
major components that make up the shared infrastructure system. First is
the Hub Parking, a network of 3-Storey car parking facilities catering to
the various vertical mixed used developments along the stretch accessed via
the local road below the E-deck. The other is the e-GMS, an automated smart
logistic system for the distribution of goods to various industrial
developments within the estate connected to the Centralized Distribution
Centre which is eventually linked up to the sea port, the centralized
underground warehouse facilities and other industrial estates along its
corridor. These 2 innovative infrastructures will further optimize the land
use, minimize the traffic and road infrastructure and at the same time
increase productivity.

The paper will further explain the details of the 2West master plan concept
and will highlight how the synthesis of the components of 2West and its
innovative infrastructure could bring forth shared multiple benefits in the
urban planning milieu. Moreover, the paper will be concluded with a
discussion on the next steps to be taken that will ensure JTCís visions are
implemented and turned into reality.
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