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Better Cities | May 2018

Managing Land and Emotions

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Managing Land and Emotions

Singapore’s many public goods such as housing, transport and infrastructure were achieved by legally acquiring land without excessive cost. This is how the Land Acquisition Act gave the state flexibility to plan for the long term, shared Tan, who oversees the agency that is the custodian of state land in the city-state. This ability to manage land remains vital today to ensure the city continues having opportunities to redevelop and intensify Singapore.

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Conservation as a Way of Regenerating Urban Life

Heritage preservation and economic regeneration can work hand in hand for better urban outcomes. Key to this are the detailed strategies and policies that ensure preservation adds to the experience of the city, says Dr Wang, who has worked extensively in Shanghai’s planning authority. She shares how the city conserves streets and buildings to keep the character of a place alive. They also work closely with the local community to ensure heritage is weaved into the everyday fabric of city life.

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Multimodal Streets for All

Cities are increasingly redesigning their roads to make way for pedestrians and cyclists too. Drawing examples from various cities, this report explores alternative design standards that Singapore can adopt to create more people-friendly roads and a car-lite environment.

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A Time for Action: Our Responsibility to Act

At the World Built Environment Forum 2018 in London, organised by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), CLC Executive Director Khoo Teng Chye shared Singapore’s urban development story, and the country’s approach to integrated master planning and urban governance. Urbanisation, he said, does not necessarily have to be at the expense of the natural environment, explaining Singapore’s efforts to reconcile the two. Panellists agreed on the need for good governance and leadership in cities to ensure that urban development does not worsen resource scarcity.

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Regeneration Without Demolition: Remaking Sewoon

Seoul recently clinched the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for its innovative, people-centric and collaborative engagement approaches. Read about how the city remade Sewoon Sangga by combining top-down and bottom-up approaches to transform the heavily vehicle-congested area into an enjoyable public space.

Seoul will receive the Prize at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Lecture and Forum, together with fellow laureates Hamburg, Kazan, Surabaya and Tokyo. This event will take place during the upcoming World Cities Summit (WCS) happening from 8–12 July 2018.

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Humanising and Re-integrating Canary Wharf with London

“The Island”—Canary Wharf’s unfortunate nickname among Londoners —will be rejuvenated when a new district that stitches it together with London is complete. The upcoming district masterplanned by Allies and Morrison promises to remedy Canary Wharf’s starkly isolated environment with a network of public and social spaces and small-scaled architecture that is sensitive to local cultures. There will also be streetlevel retail and dining options as well as mixed-use buildings to inject life into a financial district that goes dead after office hours.

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Urban Solutions #12 | What Makes Urban Design Work: The High Line in New York City

Urban design requires a mix of top-down and bottomup approaches, and the High Line is a prime example of this. Led by a civic initiative, an old elevated freight line evaded demolishment and was transformed into a unique linear park when planners and stakeholders came together and agreed to intensify zoning regulations. This spurred new housing and added a mix of uses that complemented the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Urban Solutions #12 | Putting People on the Street: Reimagining Orchard Road

How can Orchard Road recover its buzz and become inviting and intriguing again? Here are some ideas for revitalising Singapore’s premier shopping district, such as catering for a more diverse ground of users beyond just shoppers. In April 2018, property advisory group Cistri launched a six-month multidimensional study that will contribute into a development blueprint to further strengthen Orchard Road’s positioning and visitor experience.

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