Nature and the Big City

This is the 1st in a series of upcoming monthly workshops by The Leafmonkey Workshop for existing nature guides and volunteers and those interested in becoming one.

Date: 20 June 2013, Thursday
Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Venue: Civil Service College [Map]
31 North Buona Vista Road Singapore 275983

What is this workshop about?
This workshop introduces the history and process of planning and urban development in Singapore. Find out how to decipher the future plans for Singapore, the difference between nature reserves and other nature areas and how we can manage the trade offs between conservation and development. Our panel of speakers will also share ideas of how we can have nature in our big city and what each of us can do.

This workshop is useful for all who are interested to learn more as well as seasoned members of the community who would like to exchange ideas on how we can creatively have nature in our big city.

The workshop will see a panel of speakers from diverse fields to share ideas with participants and more importantly, to spur creative exchanges between participants. This workshop will be an active exchange between you and other participants, to brainstorm practical ideas and possible solutions.

Dr Lai Chee Kien
Dr Lai Chee Kien is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He is a registered architect, and graduated from the National University of SIngapore with a M Arch. by research (1996), and a PhD in HIstory of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley (2005). He researches on histories of art, architecture, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia. His books include “A Brief History of Malayan Art”(1999), “Building Merdeka” (2007) and “Cords to Histories” (2013).

Khew Sin Khoon, ButterflyCircle
Khew is an architect in private practice, and has been involved in a number of ecological and gardens projects with the National Parks Board, amongst these are the Masterplan of Labrador Park, Kent Ridge Park & Canopy Walk, Ginger Garden, Evolution Garden, Children's Garden, Symphony Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Redevelopment of Chek Jawa, Sg Buloh Wetland Reserve Redevelopment and more recently, Gardens by the Bay.

He also runs the ButterflyCircle website and has been a volunteer in biodiversity surveys for NParks, as well as, being involved in the creation of butterfly-friendly gardens at Alexandra Hospital, Pulau Ubin Butterfly Hill, Butterfly Garden at Hort Park and Tampines-Changkat Butterfly Garden. He is also an Hon Research Associate at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS.

Registration is strongly advised as it allows us to better customize the workshop to suit YOUR needs! If you have difficulty submitting your registration on this website, please email us at

Please register by 17 June 2013.

7.00pm - Registration, Networking, Bring your own Dinner!
7.30pm - Short sharing by speakers
8.30pm - Workshop discussion and group presentations.
9.30pm - End of workshop


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