Lessons for False Creek Flats’ future in Singapore? Controlling water with wilder rivers

With the debate on the future of the Viaducts now shifting focus to the future of the East False Creek Flats, it’s worth asking how an area that was under water a century ago will perform in the era of climate change.

Singapore may hold clues. This water-hungry city has let a river run wild — in a very organized way — to reduce flood risk and encourage water retention. The new park is supporting an explosion of plant, insect and animal life.

A hint at Brewery Creek’s future? Maybe.

Many of the proposals in last year’s ideas competition for what Vancouver planners call the Eastern Core proposed water-centred initiatives for what was once Vancouver’s main wetland.

Given the rise of extreme weather events around the world, it makes sense to go with the flow.