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SLOW LAND | Revealing the intangibles of Singapore’s Land Creation
How do you approach and relate to the term 'anthropocene'? We are custodians of our land. As much as we would appreciate the benefits of nature, we ought to nurture the land we have been given. Through Slowland, it focuses in a chapter on how our endeavours to expand in Singapore have led to the erasure of our coastlines. Issues of diminishing biodiversity in terms of corals and mangrove systems are unfortunate. Beyond that, is the diminishing relationship between us and these beautiful landscapes. For me, a natural coastal experience still remains available, but it is questionable for generations in the future. Therefore the chapter speculates on how land growing could aid the growth of ecology.
Nevertheless, nature always seems to grasp the upper hand. As much as we might strive to push out the sea, it was interesting to see how the sea was able to claim back what was originally theirs. During the research phase, the site was projected to experience significant flooding, and subsequent mappings showed that whatever land remained looked extremely similar to the original island!