Provide Homes for All: Insights from Singapore & Shanghai

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Providing Homes for All: Insights from Singapore and Shanghai represents the inaugural collaboration between Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Housing, Urban-Rural Development and Management (MCHURDM). This publication is produced under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between CLC and Shanghai MCHURDM where both parties have committed to create, share and disseminate knowledge on urban governance through joint research collaborations. This MoU is under the ambit of the Singapore- Shanghai Comprehensive Cooperation Council (SSCCC) that was established in April 2019 to deepen engagement and cooperation between Singapore and Shanghai.

Following reciprocal visits, workshops and extensive discussions between officers from both cities, along with engagements with housing practitioners from the private sector and experts from academia, five key aspects of Singapore and Shanghai’s affordable housing provision were mutually identified as being of greatest salience and learning interest to both cities. The five areas form the basis of this publication, and they are: neighbourhood planning, affordability, housing construction and design, estate rejuvenation and management, as well as community building and resident engagement.

The willingness to break down traditional knowledge silos and collaborate across different urban systems is critical for a successful housing system, while learning and sharing knowledge across different cities has been key to producing this publication. As society, technology and challenges continue to evolve, this spirit of partnership stands both Singapore and Shanghai in good stead in providing quality and liveable homes for all, well into the future.