Jurong Innovation District: The future of living
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Published: April 14, 2016

admin | News | 14 April, 2016

    When Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat gave out his 2016 budget speech last March 24, there were a number of striking announcements. One of them was the proposed Jurong Innovation District (JID) in Jurong West, a lively and hip mixed-use area that will house the Lion City’s next-generation industrial zone. JTC Corporation will be the Master Planner and Master Developer of the new estate development.

    Artist impression of the new district. (Image © JTC)

    Artist impression of the new district. The Jurong Innovation District will be an industrial park of the future, where learning, research, innovation and production converge and coexist in a connected and collaborative environment (Image © JTC)

    “Fifty years ago, we transformed Jurong from swampland into a thriving hub for the manufacturing industry that powered Singapore’s economic growth. Now we will make another leap to create the industrial park of the future,” stated the Minister.

    Analysts believe the JID is a step nearer for Singapore to become the Silicon Valley of Asia. Apart from that, the district will also become the country’s largest living land where more than 100,000 people could work, live, play, learn, and create. However, the first phase of JID is targeted for completion in 2022. Smoothing the progress of interaction and collaboration among people, the JID will also encompass the Nanyang Technological University. According to JID developer JTC Corporation, the top learning institution will be integrated within the district and connected to a wide and open plaza that will put together “spaces for living and spaces for learning.”

    They say the JID will be a place where people, enterprise, and technology could fuse together. In fact, the Jurong West residential area will be bridged to the innovation district at various points. To take advantage of the lush greenery, pedestrian walkways leading to an urban plaza will be put up. Shopping malls, restaurants, and bars will be abundant as well as public transport networks.

    Artist impression of the new district. The  Jurong  Innovation  District  will  be  a  living  lab  for  innovators,  makers,  entrepreneurs  and  new  businesses,  providing  opportunities  for  test-bedding  and  the  exploration  of  new  ideas  and  technologies. (Image © JTC)

    Artist impression of the new district. The Jurong Innovation District will be a living lab for innovators, makers, entrepreneurs and new businesses, providing opportunities for test-bedding and the exploration of new ideas and technologies. (Image © JTC)

    Maker’s Spaces, on the other hand, will be a shared location within the JID where companies and start-ups could transform and produce services and products of the future.

    Additionally, JID will house several new growth areas of the manufacturing sector including advanced manufacturing, robotics, urban solutions, cleantech and smart logistics. JID aims to provide room for Research & Development and prototyping laboratories, making possible the testing and development of post-modern technologies such as self-driving vehicles, smart robots, assistive technologies, and other smart solutions.

    JTC Corporation is currently constructing Launchpad @ JID, which will host entrepreneurs, researchers, and students to design, prototype, and test-bed novel innovations. This small segment of the JID is targeted to be done by 2017.

    Artist impression of the new district. The  Jurong  Innovation  District  will  be  a  vibrant  urban  environment  where  lifestyle,  business,  and  industry converge. It is  an open, innovative space for the community to come together to interact  and share ideas, spearheading cross-industry and interdisciplinary collaboration. (Image © JTC)

    Artist impression of the new district. The Jurong Innovation District will be a vibrant urban environment where lifestyle, business, and industry converge. It is an open, innovative space for the community to come together to interact and share ideas, spearheading cross-industry and interdisciplinary collaboration. (Image © JTC)

    Recently, JTC Corporation launched an open innovation call to encourage private sector technology owners to test and develop imaginative and sustainable infrastructure solutions within the district.

    Mr. Heng also said in his speech that an entity called “SG-Innovate” will be founded to give confidence to further innovation through promoting small businesses in existing industries. Through SG-Innovate, budding entrepreneurs can have the opportunity to work with mentors, open up new markets, and be introduced to venture capital firms and fresh talent from research institutes.

    “Innovation is enabled and enhanced by the use of technology but innovation goes beyond that,” he noted. “Innovation is the engine of value creation and growth. We must make innovation pervasive in our society.”

    Established in 1968, JTC Corporation is a leading agency behind Singapore’s economic development through the construction of several dynamic and progressive industrial landscapes.

    www.jtc.gov.sg/

    Written by : Erika Dizon

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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