Issue 94

Better Cities | Oct 2018

Sustainable Cities through a Circular Economy

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BC Highlights 201810 Energising Singapore

Energising Singapore: Balancing Liveability and Growth

The challenges of the energy trilemma — balancing the need for economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability and energy security —
is particularly acute for Singapore, which lacks any indigenous energy
resources. Read how the city has managed these trade-offs over the last 50 years to secure an affordable, diverse and resilient energy supply in an evolving energy landscape.

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BC Highlights 201810 What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

Cities spend huge amounts of energy, time and money to make products that are eventually thrown away—a form of linear economy that is unsustainable. To improve urban life and the economy, cities should take inspiration from natural systems and adopt the principles of a circular economy, says Eva Gladek, Founder and CEO of Metabolic. Only then can they become more efficient and liveable.

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BC Highlights 201810 Building a Dam and the City Together

Building a Dam and the City Together

Thatayaone G. J. Dedede, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Gaborone, Botswana

“Everybody is implementing a project which is important, but not necessarily linked to other projects.”

To encourage more innovation and coordination in projects like diversifying the use of water dam for irrigation and energy harvesting, the city of Gaborone has set up thematic working groups across its different ministries. This is one example of how Botswana has stepped up efforts to overcome its previously fragmented approach to governance, says its Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services.

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BC Highlights 201810 A More Connected City

A More Connected City

Amolemo Mothoagae, Executive Director, Development Planning, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa

“We are creating mobility and connectivity so that people can move easily.”

Traffic congestion and long travelling times may soon be a thing of the past for the city of Johannesburg. The South African city’s Executive Director of Development Planning shares how the government is reducing its traffic woes, including working with the private sector to connect train lines between nodes as well as intensify land uses to lessen the need to travel far.

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BC Highlights 201810 Looking Back at the World Cities Summit 2018

Looking Back at the World Cities Summit 2018

Catch the highlights of the World Cities Summit 2018 where 133 mayors and city leaders and over 24,000 participants from 128 cities participated in a global discourse on innovation and collaboration among cities. Hear about the delegates’ experiences at the summit, and stay tuned for the next edition in 2020!

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BC Highlights 201810 Putting People at the Heart of Urban Regeneration

Putting People at the Heart of Urban Regeneration

Cities are but empty vessels without people. Researcher Deborah Chan explores how various urban regeneration projects internationally ensures liveability by placing people’s needs, preferences and livelihoods at the core of development. These projects were featured at the recent 2018 International Conference in Seoul.

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BC Highlights 201810 The Science of Sustainable Cities

Urban Solutions #13 | The Science of Sustainable Cities

A first step to understanding the connections between climate change, sustainability and city development is coming up with a scientific theory of cities, says Professor Geoffrey West. The Distinguished Professor at the Santa Fe Institute says such a mathematical framework will not only explain how cities grow but inform governments on how they can develop a systemic strategy to achieve sustainability.

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BC Highlights 201810 Shaping Future Downtowns: What Matters Next

Urban Solutions #13 | Shaping Future Downtowns: What Matters Next

Downtowns can no longer just be districts for doing business. As the boundaries between working, leisure and living blur, future downtowns must be diverse, inclusive and vibrant—a creative blend of spaces that make them attractive hubs for innovation.

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