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Ten Points for Liveable Cities: Lessons from Singapore

Ten Points for Liveable Cities: Lessons from Singapore | green streets | Scoop.it

Urban populations are expanding at an exponential rate as people are migrating to city centers where economic opportunities promise social mobility and access to education, health resources, and where employment is more abundant than in rural areas. 


Nations once considered in the “third world” are making leaps to accommodate growing populations with thoughtful considerations in designing these new urban capitals.  Population trends have shifted considerably and have contributed to some of the densest urban cities never before seen in history.  The rise in the classification of cities as “mega-cities” and the problems that such high population densities face speak to the fact that our cities have reached a saturation point that needs to addressing.

Singapore, an island nation in the Asian Pacific, is the third densest country in the world. Last year the Center for Liveable Cities and the Urban Land Institute participated in a summit of leading planners and policy makers to discuss the steps that Singapore was taking in its development in response to its growing urban populations.  The result of the conference was a list of ten points that contribute to making Singapore a liveable high dense city...

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Incheon stadium designed to turn into park after Asian Games

Incheon stadium designed to turn into park after Asian Games | green streets | Scoop.it

The Incheon main stadium being built for the 2014 Asian Games will be transformed into a public park after the sports festival, demonstrating a sustainable design in stadiums in Asia, the architecture firm that designed it has said.

The new stadium will hold 70,000 people for the games, but it can reduce down to a single-sided grandstand for 30,000 afterwards and be turned into a park.

“If the social legacy is done the way it was initially planned, I think the world will sit up and notice that Korea is leading the way in delivering a sports project legacy,” Andrew James, Populous’ senior principal, told The Korea Herald.

The key factor for the stadium’s success after the games will be linking it into the surrounding parklands, transforming it into an open and accessible building for everyone to enjoy. Populous is working on the project with local firm Heerim Architects and Planners.

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Singapore Is On Its Way To Becoming An Iconic Smart City

Singapore Is On Its Way To Becoming An Iconic Smart City | green streets | Scoop.it

Singapore Is On Its Way To Becoming An Iconic Smart City.

For those of us interested in smart city evolution, Singapore is a fascinating place to explore.

 

Singapore is definitely pushing the envelope on innovation in policy and infrastructure. Its MRT metro system is fantastic and pretty smart. The stations are clean, the system is robust, reliable, and modern, and as a result the MRT is very popular.

On the sustainability side, Singapore generally gets very high marks. In fact, in the most recent Siemens Green Cities research, Singapore was the highest rated city in all of Asia. Singapore has a world-class water management program consisting of rain water catchment, waste water recycling, and desalination. The latter of course requires a lot of energy, but the government is working with the private sector to explore energy reduction technologies and strategies...

 

Given that it was relatively poor only a few decades ago, it is impressive to see how Singapore is now a robust, vibrant, multi-cultural, clean, and safe place to be. Singapore appears to be on the right track to becoming one of the iconic smart cities in Asia.

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Urban Sense: Smart, Sustainable "Insta-Cities": A Prototype

Urban Sense: Smart, Sustainable "Insta-Cities": A Prototype | green streets | Scoop.it

On October 31, the world’s population hit the 7 billion mark. In an era of rapid population growth and the rapid urbanization of the world, some parts of the world find themselves needing more cities—and fast. China is building at a staggering pace – a new city “the equivalent to Rome every few weeks” 

So what are developers and the technology industry doing to make these new, almost “pre-fab” cities sustainable?

Enter Korea’s Songdo International Business District. This brand new city is unfurling itself on land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea. When completed (in 2016), Songdo will be the size of Boston, ready for one million or more residents. Songdo will be a cutting-edge “smart city” with everything from trunk lines to lighting fixtures wired to collect data that will enable companies and residents to monitor and control virtually every piece of urban infrastructure--including water and electricity. This city is to be a prototype of a “city in a box” that will be replicated twenty times in China and India in the coming years...

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Jacob Waters's curator insight, February 10, 10:11 AM

This loose idea of a "Insta-Cities" or what I call "Jack-In-The-Box-Cities"  is a good step toward the future being that you can build a city in the event of a population boom or relocation a city can be built in relativity short time. However the cost of a city, and the cost in my opinion would probably non-appealing, and a techolgy  city what mostly runs on computers could be hacked or materials could be lost in the event of a mishap. All in all it is still a prototype.

 

---Jacob Waters