Two new publications aimed at helping urban leaders identify practical solutions and share good practices to create liveable and sustainable cities, were launched by the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore (CLC) at the World Cities Summit 2012 today.
CLC’s inaugural issue of its flagship periodical, the ‘Urban Solutions’ magazine, will be distributed free of charge to a global audience comprising leaders of hundreds of major cities, particularly those with more than one million inhabitants, as well as to prominent industry experts. Response to the magazine has been positive, with several leading experts and organisations keen to contribute to subsequent publications of the magazine.
Thought-provoking Essays are contributed by urban design and planning luminaries – this issue features Sir Peter Hall (Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London, UK), Dr Cheong Koon Hean (CEO, Housing & Development Board, Singapore), Dr Alfonso Vegara (President, Fundacion Metropoli, Spain), and Yang Baojun (Vice director, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, China). The inaugural Interview is with Dr Liu Thai Ker, (Chair/ CLC, director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers).
Underscoring the significance of the burgeoning integrated urban solutions industry, stakeholders in the public and private sectors have responded to the publication with keen interest. CLC is also publishing for the first time its original research on the “CLC Framework on Liveable and Sustainable Cities” unveiled by prime minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. The electronic version can be accessed online atwww.clc.gov.sg/Publications/urbansolutions.htm.
Addressing over 600 distinguished guests including mayors, governors, business and urban sector leaders from around the world at the launch, Khoo Teng Chye, CLC Executive director, said, “I hope that you will find ‘Urban Solutions’ informative, inspiring, and most importantly, a useful resource as you lead and shape the cities of our world, for a more liveable and sustainable future.”
The ‘Singapore Urban Systems Studies Booklet Series’ draws on CLC’s original Urban Systems Studies research into Singapore’s development over the last half-century. Each booklet is focused on a different ‘urban system’ – namely water, transport, housing, planning, the economy, and the environment. The booklets are produced in collaboration with government agencies, and they tap on exclusive interviews with past and present leaders. These practitioner-centric booklets present a succinct overview and highlight key principles of Singapore’s development model.
The inaugural booklet in this series launched today is ‘Water: From Scarce Resource to National Asset’, developed in partnership with PUB, Singapore’s national water agency. The booklet recounts Singapore’s remarkable water story success and delicate balancing act as one of the world’s most water-stressed countries.
PUB Chair Tan Gee Paw commended the effort, “The Water Urban Systems Study succinctly captures how Singapore was able to turn its water constraints into a virtue. I hope that through this Water Urban Systems Study, readers will gain a better appreciation of the foresight, tenacity, ingenuity and strong public support that enabled Singapore to successfully close the water loop and provide water for all.”
The launch of the publications is a co-located event at this year’s World Cities Summit (WCS), a global premier platform for city leaders and experts to exchange new ideas on liveable and sustainable urban solutions, explore the latest technologies and forge new business partnerships. The third edition of WCS is currently being held from 1 to 4 July 2012 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore.
About the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC)
The Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) was set up in 2008 by the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, based on a strategic blueprint developed by Singapore’s Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development. The Centre’s mission is to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. CLC distils key learning points from Singapore’s experiences over the last half-century, while creating knowledge to address emerging challenges. It also shares knowledge with, and learns from, other cities and experts. Guided by the CLC Framework for Liveable and Sustainable Cities, the Centre works across three main areas – Research, Training, and Promotions.www.clc.gov.sg.
About World Cities Summit
The third edition of the World Cities Summit, the fifth edition of the Singapore International Water Week and the inaugural CleanEnviro Summit Singapore will be held from 1 to 5 July 2012 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore. All three events provide an integrated global platform for government and industry leaders to share solutions for sustainable urban development and the latest innovations in water and clean environment solutions. The co-location of the three events will enable exhibitors and participants to explore synergies, network and forge partnerships with a wider range of global industry leaders, policy makers and experts. Together, the three events showcase Singapore’s global thought leadership in sustainable development. For more information on WCS, visitwww.worldcitiesummit.com.sg.
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