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.

Better Cities April 2018 issue 
Better Cities Issue 87 Cover 
Better Cities Issue 86 Cover 

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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Reinventer Paris (Reinventing Paris) Innovation as a key consideration for land sale sites
Thibault Pilsudski and Michael Koh

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Determining the value of leasehold land: A closer look at “Bala’s Table”
Kwek Sian Choo and Dionne Hoh

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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

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

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. 

ISOCARP Review 10: Water and Cities – Managing a vital relationship

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional planners. This article was published in 2014 in ISOCARP Review issue 10 on the occasion of the 50th ISOCARP congress in Gdynia, Poland.
Chapter Title
Water and Cities: The Singapore Story

Lau Ying Shan, Mercy Wong

Chapter Synopsis
Singapore is one example of a city that has been successful in managing its water resource through careful planning and meticulous execution. While the monsoons bring intense, heavy rains, its small land area means it has a limited water catchment area. Despite these challenges, Singapore has evolved from being a ‘basket case of urbanisation’ in the 1950s and 60s, to a first-world city in about half a century. Its success would not have been possible without good governance and management of water, an essential foundation for human development.
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