How has Singapore, a country with scarce natural resources and small land size, evolved to become one of the world’s most liveable cities? At the recent National University of Singapore (NUS) Greater Good Series Liveable cities, urban solutions – The Singapore Experience & Insights event in Shanghai, Dr Liu Thai Ker, a renowned architect-planner who is considered the “Father of Singapore’s Urban Planning”, talked about his research and experience.
Dr Liu pointed out that a city is not defined by the height of its skyscrapers or the work of famous architects. It is the systematic process of urban planning that matters the most.
First and foremost, the government should establish people-oriented policies and work closely with professional and technical institutions. The planner must also develop a systematic and ‘big picture’ approach whilst taking into consideration current economic, social and environmental factors. During the actual implementation, theories must be constantly reviewed and improved based on actual experience.
Dr Liu explained that a city is not a theme park, but a home and a community where people live and breathe. Therefore, the infrastructure should always take priority over the project’s image. The planners must also take into account international trends and global networks.
Dr Liu also shared his expectations for NUS in the area of urban planning. He believes that NUS’ role is to undertake research and nurture young talent in related disciplines such as architecture, urban design, urban planning and the study of Asian cities. Through collaborations with international education and research institutes, NUS can share the Singapore experience to the benefit of cities in transition throughout China and Asia.
This event was the first “NUS Greater Good Series” to be held in Shanghai and was attended by senior executives and government officials from both Singapore and China. The Series aim to raise awareness of philanthropy and its impact on society, featuring talks on topics related to philanthropy. These include giving and service to the community as well as leadership, personal well-being and mental resilience. The Series was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Newsman Realty Pte Ltd.
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