Our warmest congratulations to ASE graduate Foo Zhen Hui, winner of the Esri Young Scholars Award 2020! The award recognises exemplary work of geospatial science students, which is singled out from a nationwide competition and showcased during the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) held in San Diego. This year, the Esri UC saw over 86,000 participants from 180 countries attending the first-ever virtual conference. The focus of the competition is to celebrate excellence in applying GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology to study various issues such as urban planning.
For the winning submission, Concept Master Plan of Paya Lebar – A New Town (PLANT), Zhen Hui used GIS analysis to propose a land use plan after the existing Paya Lebar Air Base relocates from the early 2030s. His Concept Master Plan combines many aspects of liveability to explore new ways for future communities to live, work, play, learn and move. Some notable highlights of the plan include:
- Strategic positioning of new rail lines (“Seletar Line” and “Paya Lebar Loop”) and stations near residential areas and workplaces to promote public rail transport and achieve a car-lite urban environment;
- Town parks (“Runway Park” and “Forest Park”) contiguous with residential areas and integrated with the grid-like cycling network to enhance mobility convenience; and
- Adaptive reuse of existing infrastructure into community facilities (e.g. control tower building into community centre) to retain the rich aviation heritage for all to enjoy.
Foo Zhen Hui graduated from ASE in 2019 with a BSc in Environmental Earth Systems Science with a specialisation in Geoscience. Combining a strong interest in urban planning with GIS skills and environmental knowledge acquired from his university curriculum, he was able to harness GIS and develop an integrated land use plan that is designed for sustainability and liveability. Zhen Hui aspires to play a role in shaping the future physical development of Singapore, building on the long tradition of urban planning that has guided Singapore’s growth and development since the 1960s. When asked if he has any advice to undergraduates or recent graduates who are looking to distinguish themselves in their field of interest, he recommends putting in the extra time and effort to develop a showpiece that embodies the individual’s passion and verve.