Better Cities Jun 2020

Better Cities | Jun 2020

Blue-Green Singapore was Born of Disruptions, Technology in Times of Crisis and Towards a City Without Slums

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Blue-Green Singapore was Born of Disruptions

A visionary government and strong political over the past fifty years have helped Singapore realise its Green and Blue Plan, says Prof Peter G. Rowe. “Singapore is remarkably resilient, and the story of water and green is an episode of that resilience.”.

Image: Peter G. Rowe and Limin Hee

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The Flipside of Citizen-Centric Planning

Dr Inhee Kim, Senior Research Fellow, Urban Planning and Design Research, Seoul Institute

“We need to move beyond the neighbourhood-level, towards more mega-scale global redevelopment projects.”

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Modelling a New Normal

Prof Michael Batty CBE, Bartlett Professor, Planning, University College London, Chairman, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

“We still need to think about more sustainable cities. How we plan for this requires informed thinking about the future.”

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Technology in Times of Crisis: How can AI and IoT help cities?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IOT) have been transforming businesses and industries for over a decade, and continue to be among the top disruptive technologies in 2020. Ko Kheng Hwa, Chairman of Envision Digital International and former managing Director of Singapore’s Economic Development Board and CEO of JTC Corporation and National Computer Board, will share the latest developments in AI and IOT in areas such as the energy sector, and how cities can leverage these to contend with new disruptions such as climate change and even pandemics.

2 July 2020, Thursday
4.00pm – 4.40pm (GMT+8)

Image: Envision Group



Emerging Stronger: Healthy and Sustainable Infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted many infrastructure plans and projects, but has resulted in clearer skies that reveal the key role cities play in creating better environments. Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Singapore’s Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education, will open the discussion with a keynote on how cities can emerge stronger from this pandemic by investing in sustainable infrastructure to enhance a city’s health.

17 July 2020, Friday
4.00pm – 4.40pm (GMT+8)

Image: Zbynek Burival, Unsplash


Trenggalek: Towards a City Without Slums

By working closely with the community and getting its various agencies to collaborate, the Indonesian regency of Trenggalek has improved its urban slums and taken a big step towards becoming a liveable and sustainable city.

Image: Trenggalek District Government

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Urban Solutions #16 | Living Better Through Sport

Facilities for sports and physical activities in Singapore are designed to empower citizens to stay in shape, so as to tackle the various health and demographic challenges faced by the city-state.

Image: Sport Singapore
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Urban Solutions #16 |The Power of Physical Activity

From measuring the participation level in sports to identifying the drivers of exercise, data-driven insights from Active Citizens Worldwide (ACW) have helped cities understand the value of promoting physical activities to its citizens.

Image: Choo Yut Shing, flickr
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Urban Solutions #16 | A Return to Vitality

Toyama has reversed the hollowing out of its urban centre to become Japan’s most accessible and senior-friendly city. Its holistic compact city policy offers a model for how cities can remain vibrant even with a rapidly ageing population.

Image: Big Mike Photos
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🕒 7 min | Read

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