Report: World Cities Summit 2012

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Lee Kuan Yew World Cities Prize Forum

Initiated in 2008, the event has been a platform where the practitioners, policy makers, and leading expert across the world to exchange ideas on urban strategies and solutions in their cities today, and to identify the global challenges the cities will be facing in the future. The theme for WCS 2012 is “Liveable and Sustainable Cities – Integrated Urban Solutions.” There are various discussions on urbanization opportunities and challenges, followed by other interesting topics such as new smart cities solution. In-Focus Forums and World Cities Summit Expo act as part of business opportunities in WCS, a unique platform to find out about further development in the cities and industry trends across different countries and sectors. Another highlight in WCS was the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize to honor outstanding achievements and contributions towards the transformation of cities around the world. The Prize 2012 is awarded to the City of New York for its transformation in building a greener New York City under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg.

JA+U : Report: World Cities Summit 2012 Integrated Urban Solutions – Leadership and Partnership ©World Cities Summit 2012

WCS Expo 2012

JA+U : Report: World Cities Summit 2012 Integrated Urban Solutions – Leadership and Partnership ©World Cities Summit 2012

Site visit at Gardens by the Bay

Transforming Cities: Transforming People

Green area and public space in the city were mentioned repeatedly as an important factor to create a better environment, which could eventually lead to economy growth in the city. Public spaces have helped the city of Cape Town to achieve 20 percent decrease in violent crime. Adrian Benepe, the Commissioner of New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, highlighted that when safety, good environment quality, and basic needs such as safe drinking water are fulfilled, people will start to invest and economy will start to grow. The emergence of strong community partnership is one of the keys in successful transformation. Community needs to be engaged in the same vision towards the future of the city. A major event such as the Olympics in London contributes as a platform to bring the people together and take proud in their city. Once the broad view is set up, it is easier to create public-private partnership. Thereby representatives from different sectors of society were invited to share their thoughts on what will be needed in the city to create this partnership as part of integrated urban solutions. All representatives agreed that they need a trustworthy leadership who could convince them to support the city and give them an assurance that the project will benefit the city. The city itself has limitation of land and infrastructure. Therefore having a strong leadership and a vision to set the plan to go through are crucial. Flemming Borreskov, the President of International Federation of Housing and Planning who represents a non-profit institution, stated that city is the future of the people, and it needs to be built from human perspective.

The forum concludes that integrated urban solutions is an ongoing process which involve leadership and communities who take ownership not only in creating and implementing but also
maintaining what have been achieved and what is to come in the future.