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Youths rise to the challenge

Launched in February 2023, the “Living with the Rising Seas” Ideas Competition by PUB invited students from local tertiary institutions to demonstrate ideas to protect the South-eastern coastline of Singapore in the face of rising sea levels while achieving liveability, flexibility, and sustainability.

The competition attracted a total of 32 entries submitted by more than 110 students from eight tertiary institutions including Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). The competition provided a platform for cross-domain teams to work together, such as a team from NUS, which consisted of students from integrated sustainable design, as well as sustainable and green finance backgrounds.

The ideas and concepts from the competition may be considered in the formulation of coastal protection measures by PUB.

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Journey of the students

14 shortlisted teams got a chance to share their ideas with a multi-disciplinary panel of judges comprising representatives from PUB, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), National Parks Board (NParks) and PUB’s consultant for the City-East Coast site-specific study. The jury eventually selected a total of nine top entries (three top entries per typology), which demonstrated creativity and originality in developing integrated solutions for coastal protection, while retaining distinct characteristics of the south-eastern coast.

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Explore the winning ideas!

Participants were challenged to develop ideas and design concepts for one of three coastal typologies, and illustrate how their ideas can be applied to a particular stretch along the South-eastern coastline from the Greater Southern Waterfront to East Coast. Winning entries are in no order of merit.

Come view the winning ideas

The exhibition panels of the winning ideas will be displayed at the Marina Barrage’s Sustainable Singapore Gallery from 1 November to 31 December 2023. The Gallery is open to the public.