Centre for Liveable Cities marked Singapore’s urban transformation to a sustainable city

The Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), which celebrated 10 years this year, released a collection of 10 publications between the 8th to the 11th of July at the World Cities Summit in Singapore.

CLC is a knowledge centre set up to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities.The publications chart Singapore’s experiences and insights into the challenges, innovative solutions and collaborations across key urban topics such as technology, community bonding, food security, sustainable land use and resilience. 

Three highlighted publications include:

Making Cities Liveable: Insights from 10 Years of Lectures at the Centre for Liveable Cities

CLC’s commemorative 10th Anniversary Book features CLC Lectures delivered by leading international and Singaporean figures who have devoted their lives and work to making cities and urban societies better places to live in.

These include Chief Executive of Hong Kong Ms Carrie Lam, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mr Jan Peter Balkanende, primatologist and anthropologist Ms Jane Goodall, former Chief Urban Designer of New York City Mr Alexandros Washburn, and former master planner of Singapore Dr Liu Thai Ker.

Since the Centre’s founding in 2008, more than 100 lectures have been delivered at the ongoing CLC Lecture Series. These lectures offer rich insights on how to make cities liveable, a topic of growing importance as an increasingly number of people worldwide migrate to cities in search of a better life. This book was officially launched on Sunday, the 8th of July at the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum.


A Resilient Singapore

Pioneered by Rockefeller Foundation, A Resilient Singapore is a joint publication between CLC and 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) which captured Singapore’s resilience story – an urban transformation into a highly liveable, sustainable yet high-density city state, and its continued pursuit to maintaining a competitive economy while ensuring a high quality of life for its residents.

The publication delves into Singapore’s ongoing and upcoming efforts to address resilience challenges such as climate change and changing demographics. Through a series of case studies, the publication demonstrates that resilience is as much about the engaging and involving communities as it is about building robust infrastructure.


Smart Cities in Southeast Asia report

Produced by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) in collaboration with CLC, this report offers an overview to help cities understand the promise and limitations of the new technologies at their disposal, and to help private-sector companies and citizens themselves anticipate the coming wave of change. The drive to make cities smarter is not just about what governments can do, but also creating environments where different players can bring innovation to bear on the public. The report will share insights into pathways and strategies that ASEAN cities can adopt for becoming “smarter” while balancing their own context, challenges and priorities.

“Encapsulated in the 10 publications are experiences and insights from Singapore’s leading thinkers, urban planners and international experts on what truly makes liveable cities. CLC is honoured to share them on our 10th anniversary during the World Cities Summit. Singapore’s achievements in urban governance and planning over the past five decades have inspired government leaders, urbanists and communities around the world. In the process of gathering knowledge to help make cities more liveable and sustainable, CLC has also broadened our global partnerships, built networks to facilitate the study of urban issues and shared insights internationally,” Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, said. “As the Centre marks its first decade, we will keep building our research, knowledge-sharing platforms, advisory projects and capability development programmes, and seek new perspectives and insight at the World Cities Summit 2018,” Mr Khoo added.