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Better Cities | Aug 2018

Developing the Dream Capital

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Developing Amaravati, the Dream Capital

Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh

“We are converting challenges into opportunities and building this city.”
Amaravati is envisaged as the “dream capital” of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and the contributions of the people are key to its development.

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Growing a City Through Collaboration

Lucy Turnbull, Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

“We have very fundamentally in our DNA… the idea of collaboration to deliver a city supported by infrastructure.”
To achieve liveability across the bustling city of Sydney, the Greater Sydney Commission collaborates with a multiplicity of state and local government agencies.

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The People Matter in Infrastructure Development

Dr Bambang Susantono, Vice President, Knowledge Management, Asian Development Bank

“If you have good participatory planning, then we can have more people coming… from many angles.”
The “people sector” is crucial in ensuring the bankability of public-private-people projects. This is especially so as this model of partnership expands beyond traditional infrastructure projects and into the “social sector”, including in education and health.

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Smart Design for Sustainability

The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant will be Singapore’s first largescale dual mode desalination plant that not only treats sea water and reservoir water, but is also envisioned as a recreational space. This project by Keppel strengthens the city’s water security while enhancing liveability and sustainability. The Singapore-based company is also developing such sustainable urban infrastructure across Asia. In Ho Chi Minh City, the upcoming Saigon Sports City will incorporate biophilic design principles such as harnessing natural lighting and ventilation as well as landscaping features to create a vibrant and sustainable township.

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The Fit City

A “fit city” gives its people choices to live in a healthy way, says CLC Research Director Limin Hee. This includes promoting walkability and bikeability instead of relying on private cars as the main mode of travel, enabling interaction between people and offering cleaner air.

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Age-Friendly Cities: Lessons from Singapore, Seoul and New Taipei City

Singapore, Seoul and New Taipei City are taking various steps to create age-friendly cities. This includes strengthening age-friendly infrastructure and services, and leveraging on the community and technology for greater support for the elderly. Underlying these efforts must be a desire to create meaningful relationships that help the public better understand ageing, said panel moderator Dr. Emi Kiyota. After all, ageing is not confined to the elderly but begins the day we are born.

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Urban Solutions #13 | Listen Up! The People are Speaking

Over the last few decades, Seoul has shed its top-down approach to urban policies and instead engaged its citizens more. Under Mayor Park Won-soon’s leadership, the city has strengthened tried-and-tested methods of collaborating and communicating with the people and also stepped into uncharted waters to boost citizen involvement.

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Urban Solutions #13 | Developing Cities Together

Growing cities while meeting the evolving needs of a diverse population cannot be achieved by the government alone. This year’s winners of the 2018 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Special Mentions—Hamburg, Kazan, Surabaya and Tokyo— show how they have adopted innovative and collaborative approaches in their development.

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