Monday, April 11, 2011
My only troubles were finding the pictures. I couldn't go out, so I just took from the Internet. I enjoyed everything on this task. Even though I did it indoors, I still enjoyed it because I'm proud of my neighborhood. I still think that my neighborhood is a nice place, even though it s=is known to others as an industrial area. I think I could do it better if I was told in advance. The data online might also not be that accurate, so I must search at the right sources. One of the other difficulties were finding the right landmark. There are quite a lot of landmarks to choose from, so it was a little troublesome to choose. I chose Singapore Discovery Centre as I am familiar with it as my mom works there. I chose Snow City because it was fun and interesting as there is no snow at all in Singapore.
The idea of a permanent bird exhibit was first conceived by late Dr Goh Keng Swee, the then Minister for Finance, in 1968. During a World Bank Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Dr Goh visited its zoological garden and was impressed with its free-flight aviary. He sought to see that Jurong would be more than an industrial zone that Singaporeans would have a place where they could escape from urban life, where people could relax with nature. On 3 January 1971, Jurong Bird Park, built at a cost of S$3.5 million, was opened to the public.
Jurong Bird Park is now a world-famous bird zoo wherein there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world, including a flock of one thousand and one flamingos. It is currently the world's largest bird park in terms of number of birds and second largest in terms of land area after Germany's Vogelpark Walsrode. There are 4,600 birds of 380 species in Jurong Bird Park. Of those, 29 are of endangered species.
In 2006, Jurong Bird Park completed its S$10-million makeover. With the upgrading, the park now boasts a new entrance plaza, an African wetlands exhibit, a park-owned and managed Bongo Burgers restaurant, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlour, a gift shop and a bird hospital.
In 1988, the idea of building a museum to showcase the history of the SAF was first mooted. This idea was later evolved into the concept of the S'pore Discovery Centre (SDC). However, SDC is not merely an educational tool for the SAF. It is a platform that provides plenty for Singaporeans to think about and helps them prepare for future challenges.
In October 1992, MINDEF approved the setting up of the S'pore Discovery Centre (SDC) at the cost of $70 million. Located on the grounds of the SAFTI Military Insitute, Mitchell Giurgola & Throp Architects developed the architectural design for SDC. Previous buildings by these architects include the SAFTI Military Institute and the Australian Parliament House.
SDC was officially opened by then president Ong Teng Cheong on 23 November 1996.
In 1989, SDC started a review of the Centre to change from a historical site to an issue-based orientation.
In 2001, Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) was selected as the design consultants for the project. RAA are planners, designers and producers of museum exhibitions, visitors centre and educational enivronments. They are behind many famous institutions such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
A presentation was made to the Singapore Totalisator Board in 2002 and a grant of S$25 million was approved. Redevelopment work started in December 2002.
The 3,000 sq-metre centre was built at a cost of S$6 million and was officially opened in 2000.