Better Cities Dec 2018

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Better Cities | Dec 2018

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BC Highlights 201812 Uncovering the Underground Prof Yong Kwet Yew

Uncovering the Underground by Prof Yong Kwet Yew

Moving heavy, noisy and pollutive industrial uses and storage below ground will free up space above for living and recreation, says Prof Yong. Making a case for Singapore to make more use of underground spaces, the civil engineer says the city already has the capability and technology for such development, the remaining hurdle is rethinking its economic viability.

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BC Highlights 201812 Keeping up with a Growing City Najaf Iqbal Syed

Keeping up with a Growing City

Najaf Iqbal Syed, Mayor, Chief Metropolitan Officer, Islamabad, Pakistan

“Islamabad is one of the best, liveable cities in Pakistan because of its environment—peaceful, calm and comparatively cleaner.”

While it was beautifully planned by a Greek architect-town planner, weak enforcement in Islamabad led to the creation of private residential colonies and slums. But in light of a rapidly growing population, the city is rethinking its future development.

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BC Highlights 201812 Cooling Cities — Old and New Didier Holleaux

Cooling Cities — Old and New

Didier Holleaux, Mayor, Executive Vice President, Engie

“We have refurbished an area [in Manila] with existing buildings and provided a new district cooling to provide more than 25% energy efficiency.”

A district cooling system is more efficient than individual airconditioners — and not limited to new cities. Electric utility multinational Engie has installed such setups in the historical centre of Paris and in the Philippines, helping them save energy through better management and tapping on alternative sources such as waste heat and geothermal energy.

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BC Highlights 201812 Technology for the People Jason Tan

Technology for the People

Jason Tan, General Manager, Public Sector APAC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

“Tailor a system around people, rather than have people centred around the intelligent system.”

The Internet of Things (IoT) is less about cutting-edge technology but how it is used to intelligently understand a city’s vast amount of data to offer services for citizens.

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BC Highlights 201812 Balanga City Goes Clean, Green and Smoke-Free

Balanga City Goes Clean, Green and Smoke-Free

The capital of Bataan province in the Philippines, Balanga, has adopted a variety of approaches — including some from Singapore — to clean up its river, green the surroundings and become a smoke-free city.

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BC Highlights 201812 Pooling Land for Development

Urban Solutions #13 | Pooling Land for Development

Acquiring land for development is often a protracted and expensive process, but the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has a compelling alternative with its model of land pooling to build its new capital of Amaravati.

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BC Highlights 201812 Tapping Tech for Smoother Traffic

Urban Solutions #13 | Tapping Tech for Smoother Traffic

Singapore’s latest vision of becoming a smart and car-lite nation is part of the city’s decades-long journey to ensure safe and smooth road traffic by capitalising on the latest technologies.

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BC Highlights 201812 The Business of Urban Solutions

Urban Solutions #13 | The Business of Urban Solutions

Cities around the world are collaborating with the private sector to use their innovative technologies to improve transport infrastructure, boost environmental awareness, provide timely healthcare services and support urban planning and policy formulation.

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