Better Cities Jun 2018

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Better Cities | Jun 2018

Singapore and India: Partnering for Liveable and Sustainable Cities

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Singapore and India: Partnering for Liveable and Sustainable Cities

Singapore and India share a common colonial past that has influenced how their cities have been shaped and planned. This was highlighted by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he inked a Strategic Partnership committing the two countries to cooperate in a number of areas, including urban planning and development. This book showcases various urban governance and planning projects discussed during a programme jointly organised by CLC and India’s Town & Country Planning, including the conceptualisation of India’s new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, and how urban challenges were systematically addressed in 11 Indian cities and 4 schemes.

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Catalysing the Development of Smart Cities in ASEAN

Cities in Southeast Asia will become smarter to improve the livelihood of its rapidly growing population. This is the vision of the newly established ASEAN Smart City Network, a platform for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to collaborate in using technology to address various urban challenges. To kickstart this initiative started by Singapore, an ASEAN Smart Cities Governance Workshop was recently held for delegates from various cities to meet and brainstorm action plans for the future.

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Lessons From Singapore

Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities

How can we make our cities both liveable and sustainable? CLC’s Executive Director, Khoo Teng Chye, explained how this was achieved through the Singapore Liveability Framework at the recent World Built Environment Forum organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Turning an Overpass into a Forest: Seoullo 7017

Seoul recently clinched the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for its innovative, people-centric and collaborative engagement approaches. Originally constructed in 1970, Seoullo 7017 signifies this transformation of a once-congested traffic overpass into a pedestrian crossing in 2017. The landmark green space in Seoul will boost the local economy by linking to historic and cultural spaces nearby. 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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Improving Liveability in Three Chinese Cities

Chinese cities have been working hard to redevelop their urban environment. As part of a recent study trip to China, participants of the CLC’s Executive Development & Growth Exchange (EDGE) Programme learned about the seamless urban design principles implemented in Suzhou’s public gardens, novel waste management methods adopted in the Tianjin Eco-City and the successful urban regeneration of Beijing’s Sanli River.

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Urban Solutions #12 | It Takes a Village to Plan a City

Co-creating with residents is key to fostering a stronger sense of ownership in neighbourhoods and building stronger communities. With the government as facilitator, residents can have more room to make decisions and come together over common issues. This approach brings about solutions that are customised to local needs, and creates more intangible social outcomes

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Urban Solutions #12 | Flexible Planning for Inclusive Neighbourhoods

Urban renewal projects should be socially inclusive to deal with the increasingly complex needs of diverse communities, argue Professor Susan Fainstein, Professor Norman Fainstein and Gurubaran Subramaniam. The trio share examples of how cities have used inclusive planning and design approaches to transform physical spaces and strengthen communities.

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