The Centre’s print and digital publications distil and share knowledge on urban liveability and sustainability for a global audience of city leaders, domain experts and allied professionals.


Master Developer Projects in Singapore: Lessons from Suntec City and Marina Bay Financial Centre
Choy Chan Pong and Phua Shi Hui

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A Softer Approach To Managing Domestic Waste: The Importance of Stakeholder Engagement in Seoul’s Waste Management Strategy
Tessa Kwek Wei Ling and Lim Wei Da

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First Things First: The Question of Prioritisation in Singapore’s Urban Governance Experience
Elgin Toh and Mercy Wong

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Livable Cities From A Global Perspective


Chapter Title
A Global Perspective on Building a Livable City: Singapore’s Framework

Authors
Khoo Teng Chye and Chong Hwee Jane

Chapter Synopsis
With a population density of over five million residents living on 719 square kilometres of land, Singapore is one of only a few highly dense cities in the world to consistently rank high in various global surveys of liveability of cities. How did Singapore achieve this balance of density and liveability in a short span of five decades, and what did Singapore learn in the process of achieving this balance? Through studying Singapore’s urban development experience, this chapter distils the broad principles that have guided the city-state’s transformation over the years, and examines how these same principles also underlie the development of other successful cities around the world. This suggests that there may be broad universal principles useful for the development of liveable and sustainable cities.

50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore

50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore's planning approach to urbanization. The volume brings together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and academics in the professional and research fields of planning, architecture, urbanism, and city-making.
Chapter Title
Making Singapore a Liveable and Sustainable City: Our Urban Systems Approach

Authors
Khoo Teng Chye and Remy Guo

Chapter Synopsis
Singapore’s urban development not only saw the transformation of urban slums into a thriving global city within four decades; it also achieved high liveability standards despite the high density urban environment. What are the lessons learnt in the process? This chapter illustrates the key principles of Singapore’s approach to integrated master planning and development, using examples from Singapore’s urban development process. Key urban development policies and plans are discussed to provide a practitioner-oriented insight into Singapore’s unique system of urban planning and development.

Shin Toshi

The article was published in July of 2015 in SHIN TOSHI, a Japanese monthly magazine on urban development issues.

Chapter Title
Building Global Competitiveness the Singaporean Way

Authors
Alisha Gill, Jean Chia

Chapter Synopsis
Singapore – then a 587 square kilometres island, lacking in natural resources, an industrial capital class and industrial skills - became an independent state on 9 August 1965. In 2012, Singapore’s GDP per capita (adjusted for purchasing power parity) was the sixth highest in the world at US$60,500, putting it ahead of all G7 countries. How did Singapore do it? In this article, we explain the government’s role in building Singapore’s global competitiveness.