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The Asian side of the world - II

Jean-François Sabouret

Part One. Regional dynamics and globalization

Singapore: Emblematic projects for a singular metropolis

Charles Goldblum

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November 2013

On 20 May 2013, Lee Hsieng Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, officially opened the Marina Bay Financial Centre, which, with its three towers, has doubled the office space of the business centre at Raffles Place. Responding to the development needs of a banking and finance sector representing 12% of the city-state’s GDP, this centre is part of Marina South, a major city-centre extension project using land reclaimed from the sea. Marina South is overseen by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the powerful government body in charge of redevelopment and territorial planning, and the enormous Marina Bay complex is its flagship component. Designed by the internationally famed architect Moshe Safdie, the 20-plus hectare project is home to the 5-star Marina Bay Sands hotel, whose three 55-floor towers are topped with a one-hectare terrace and a swimming pool; among its other exclusive components are the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum, a luxury shopping mall with a ca...

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