The Singapore Botanic Gardens is home to this mature Kapok (or White Silk-Cotton) tree. Singapore is a city of the future that also celebrates its past. The gardens offer locals respite from the hectic challenges of being a small country competing in a global economy. In 2012 Singapore opened its new Gardens by the Bay, where 18 solar powered “supertrees” embrace a biomimetic threshold somewhere between future city and ancient forest. Designing cities for the future is possible.