50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore
50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore's planning approach to urbanization. The volume brings together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and academics in the professional and research fields of planning, architecture, urbanism, and city-making.
Making Singapore a Liveable and Sustainable City: Our Urban Systems Approach
Khoo Teng Chye and Remy Guo
Singapore’s urban development not only saw the transformation of urban slums into a thriving global city within four decades; it also achieved high liveability standards despite the high density urban environment. What are the lessons learnt in the process? This chapter illustrates the key principles of Singapore’s approach to integrated master planning and development, using examples from Singapore’s urban development process. Key urban development policies and plans are discussed to provide a practitioner-oriented insight into Singapore’s unique system of urban planning and development.
The article was published in July of 2015 in SHIN TOSHI
, a Japanese monthly magazine on urban development issues.
Building Global Competitiveness the Singaporean Way
Alisha Gill, Jean Chia
Singapore – then a 587 square kilometres island, lacking in natural resources, an industrial capital class and industrial skills - became an independent state on 9 August 1965. In 2012, Singapore’s GDP per capita (adjusted for purchasing power parity) was the sixth highest in the world at US$60,500, putting it ahead of all G7 countries. How did Singapore do it? In this article, we explain the government’s role in building Singapore’s global competitiveness.
ISOCARP Review 10: Water and Cities – Managing a vital relationship
The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional planners. This article was published in 2014 in ISOCARP Review issue 10 on the occasion of the 50th ISOCARP congress in Gdynia, Poland.
Water and Cities: The Singapore Story
Lau Ying Shan, Mercy Wong
Singapore is one example of a city that has been successful in managing its water resource through careful planning and meticulous execution. While the monsoons bring intense, heavy rains, its small land area means it has a limited water catchment area. Despite these challenges, Singapore has evolved from being a ‘basket case of urbanisation’ in the 1950s and 60s, to a first-world city in about half a century. Its success would not have been possible without good governance and management of water, an essential foundation for human development.
Public Sector Digest
Public Sector Digest is a Canada-based monthly periodical aimed at senior government officials and written to advance the managerial capacity of the public sector. This article was was published in the Dec 2014 issue of Public Sector Digest.
Singapore: How To Build a Liveable City
Khoo Teng Chye
Singapore today is one of only a few cities in the world recognised for achieving high standards of liveability and sustainable development, despite a high population density. This would have been difficult to imagine in the 1960s, when Singapore was plagued by economic woes, poor infrastructure and squalid conditions. This leap was the result of decades of deliberate planning and implementation to strike a balance between density, development, and liveability. The CLC Liveability Framework, distilled from a study of Singapore’s urban development experience, outlines principles that underpin effective urban planning and governance.