May & June 2019
City Organizers and Photography: Eisen Teo and Pang Tiak Hui
Text by: Eisen Teo
“No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at the boulevards of Paris, as the City Beautiful people did; and they can’t find it by looking at suburban garden cities, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities.
“You’ve got to get out and walk.”
So exhorted Jane Jacobs in a 1958 article, Downtown is for People. 61 years later in 2019, hundreds did just that in Singapore for the 7th consecutive edition of Jane’s Walk Singapore.
Over weekends in May and June, 19 Walks took place around the city-state, led by a group of enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and passionate Walk Leaders. The overarching theme was “Reconnecting With Our Neighbourhoods”.
Areas covered ranged from the heart of the city centre to the public housing heartlands, from forested hills to muddy mangroves. Participants learned, shared, and discussed urban planning, colonial and modern architecture, clan associations, minority communities, nature and its role in urban spaces, and so much more. Through the simple act of Walking, they connected and reconnected with the spaces around them – the first step of a concerned citizenry.
Singapore is just 724 square kilometres in area, but as participants learned, there is so much to discover – and every individual can play a role in creating the city they wish to live in. There is plenty to look forward to for Jane’s Walk Singapore 2020.