Rotterdam: Strategies for a Liveable City
April 2012
Centre for Liveable Cities
Rotterdam: Strategies for a Liveable City
For the port city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the managing of water resources is one of the biggest issues affecting its liveability. While other cities may not share the same challenges, there is nonetheless much to be learnt from Rotterdam's forward-thinking approach to water management.

During a talk delivered as part of the CLC Lecture Series, Rotterdam's Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb shared insights into how his city is impacted by the water-related consequences of climate change and how its climate-adaptation response is making Rotterdam more resilient and more liveable.

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CLC and Shell Sign MoU, Plan to Collaborate on Research, Publications and Events
CLC and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in a range of areas, including research, publications and events.

Both organisations recognise the challenges of urbanisation, which include ageing populations, extreme weather conditions, and growing resource constraints. At the same time, opportunities abound in cities that want to become more liveable, sustainable, and competitive. CLC believes this MoU is an example of how the public and private sectors can collaborate to address contemporary urban challenges.

As part of this three-year partnership, Shell will share its research with wider audiences through CLC's biannual URBAN SOLUTIONS magazine. Shell is also a Patron Sponsor of the WORLD CITIES SUMMIT (WCS), which CLC co-organises with Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority. WCS 2012 will be held in Singapore on 1–4 July and Jeremy Bentham, Shell's Vice President, Global Business Environment, will be speaking in the opening plenary. CLC will also collaborate with Shell in research relating to urban liveability and sustainability.

Mavis Kuek, General Manager, External Affairs and Communications, Shell Companies in Singapore, said: "We welcome this collaboration with CLC and look forward to the sharing of knowledge on how shifting demographics and the stresses of rapid urbanisation impact energy, food and water. This long-term partnership with CLC on multiple platforms will also enable us to enrich our work in scenario planning to gain a deeper understanding of the world's energy supply, use and needs."

CLC is honoured to undertake this partnership with Shell, which is committed to helping meet future energy and environmental challenges by delivering more energy, cleaner energy, and more efficient and smarter energy solutions. This is CLC's first MoU with a commercial entity, and a major step towards closer public-private partnerships for liveable and sustainable cities.

Yang Wen
Manager, Centre for Liveable Cities
A New Vision for Bintan
The Bintan Eco Island publication – launched on 17 April 2012 by Fundación Metrópoli, a Madrid-based foundation, with support from CLC – is a development strategy for the Indonesian island of Bintan that seeks to strike a sustainable balance between ecological preservation and vibrant economic growth.

The culmination of extensive research examining ecological systems, urban settlement patterns and international best practices, the publication offers a new vision for a dynamic, eco-friendly future for Bintan.

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Asia Business Conference at Harvard: Repositioning Asian
Cities as Global Cities

"Singapore had natural advantages that allowed its transformation into a global city, but how can its model be exported to other cities that do not have these advantages?"

While other economies have been struggling with crises in recent years, Asia has emerged as a pivotal force in the global economy. Today, Asian consumers and companies shape the direction of international markets, business and law.

This paradigm shift was addressed at this year's Asia Business Conference, under the theme of "Rising Tide: Asia lifts the World". The annual event was held at Harvard Business School in Boston, US, on 14 April 2012. Cheng Hsing Yao, Deputy Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), was invited to speak at the panel session on "Repositioning Asian Cities: Designing and Planning Global Cities".
Mr Cheng shared Singapore's urbanisation experience, and how it has maintained its competitiveness through the continual upgrading of its economy that is supported by sound urban development strategy. He presented the CLC Liveability Framework, which distils the principles – integrated master planning and dynamic urban governance – that have underpinned Singapore's transformation into a liveable and sustainable city.

There was much interest in the Singapore story. In response to a question about the potential to replicate Singapore's success, Mr Cheng explained Singapore's rapid transformation from a relatively low base to a modern developed city will be relevant to many emerging cities. He added that as a city-state, Singapore's model provides key governance fundamentals that other city-decision makers, like mayors and governors, could consider.

Highlighting the importance of developing competitive global cities and the orientation of the business world to urbanisation, the conference was a promising prelude to the upcoming WORLD CITIES SUMMIT 2012 in Singapore from 1 to 4 July.

Petrina Yeap
Senior Associate, Centre for Liveable Cities

Upcoming Events

In Conversation with Environmental Pioneers

: 29 May 2012 | URA Function Hall | 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Networking & refreshments from 3.00pm,
seated by 3.30pm) | Free Admission | Prior registration required at

Distinguished panellists:

Daniel Wang
Former Director-General for Public Health
National Environment Agency

Joseph Hui
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
(Technology & Corporate Development)
National Environment Agency

Loh Ah Tuan
Former Deputy Chief Executive Officer
National Environment Agency

Moderated by:
Liak Teng Lit
Chief Executive Officer
Alexandra Health and Khoo Teck Puat
Singapore created the Ministry of Environment in 1972, possibly the world's first government ministry dedicated to looking after the environment. As a highly dense city-state, the well-being of our environment is crucial and has a direct impact on the city's liveability. How did we eradicate malaria and handle the SARS crisis? How did we achieve rapid economic growth while balancing the need to protect the environment? How can we turn these challenges into competitive advantages? Join our distinguished panel featuring Mr Wang, Mr Hui and Mr Loh as they share insights and rare anecdotes from their decades of experience.

In this issue, we feature short write-ups from two of our sponsors of WORLD CITIES SUMMIT 2012 – Accenture and IBM – and see what they have to offer this July.

Creating 'Intelligent Cities'

Accenture helps forward-thinking cities and organisations position sustainability as a driver of long-term success and high performance. Many cities are beginning to strive towards reducing carbon emissions, managing energy and other resources, using smart technologies, improving quality of life for residents, and boosting competitiveness.

Accenture creates a clear roadmap for accelerated movement towards these goals, from strategy to execution. The company helps create 'intelligent cities' capable of achieving and maintaining two important and interconnected goals:

Reducing the negative impact of people and businesses on the environment; and
Creating an attractive economic and social environment for growth in which citizens, companies and government live, work and interact.
At WORLD CITIES SUMMIT (WCS) 2012, Accenture will share experiences garnered from working with cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Singapore, Yokohama, Tokyo, New York City, Chicago and Guadalajara. Accenture's flagship events include:

\WCS 2012 Keynote Plenary – Bruno Berthon, Global Managing Director of Accenture Sustainability Services, will discuss future trends and opportunities in urbanisation;
Exploring successful intelligent cities – A workshop on various approaches to creating liveable, sustainable and competitive cities from around the world, with a focus on driving long-term outcomes from strategy to execution; and
Energy and carbon management for cities – A session on how Asian cities can effectively manage, measure and mitigate energy consumption and carbon emissions.

As a prelude to WCS, Accenture will host its annual Sustainability 24 event in Singapore on 23 May 2012. The event will include a roundtable discussion on Harmonious Urbanization: Creating 'Intelligent Cities' in which distinguished keynote speakers and panellists will discuss the role of business, technology and governance in creating cities that are liveable, sustainable and attractive to ongoing development.

Visit Sustainability 24 to join the debate and register for the event, or contact Accenture to learn more about intelligent cities.
IBM Optimises City Systems through Technological Advancements

IBM helps city and industry leaders increase the vitality and competitiveness of urban environments with solutions that can optimise the systems of cities to improve the quality and efficiency of processes, services and products.

With insights from more than 2,000 smarter city projects, IBM has developed the expertise and capabilities to help cities of all sizes become smarter. It leverages information to make better decisions, anticipate problems to resolve them proactively, and coordinate resources to operate effectively.
For example, in Rio de Janeiro, IBM built a command centre that coordinates information from more than 20 city departments for real-time visualisation, monitoring and orchestration of responses to incidents across the entire city. This project was initiated in response to the catastrophic mudslides in 2010.

Many other cities and organisations are leveraging technology to make their systems smarter:

Endesa – An electricity provider in Spain reduced energy use by 20 percent through real-time monitoring and smart meters.
Singapore – A smart card system has enabled the Land Transport Authority to double its performance capacity to 20 million fare transactions per day.
New York – New York Police Department's Crime Information Warehouse gives officers mobile access to more than 120 million criminal complaints, making New York the safest large city in the United States.

At WORLD CITIES SUMMIT 2012, IBM will showcase real-life cases of cities that have used technology to address issues such as weather prediction and urban flooding, congestion in transportation systems, and non-revenue water, as well as demonstrate cutting-edge research on city systems optimisation.
Register yourself for WORLD CITIES SUMMIT today
WCS Conference
Close to 80 distinguished speakers will be sharing their thoughts on 'liveable and sustainable cities' this July.
Speakers include:

Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP
Ms Huang Yan, Director, Beijing Municipal Urban Planning Commission
James Stewart, Global Infrastructure Chairman, KPMG
Kamal Nath, Minister for Urban Development, India
Ms Pamela Cox, Vice-President (East Asia and the Pacific), World Bank
Patrick Phillips, CEO, Urban Land Institute
Dr Roland Busch, CEO, Infrastructure and Cities, Siemens AG
The annual forum plays a pivotal role in enriching dialogues on sustainable solutions for pressing urban challenges.
57 international mayors have registered to date, including:

His Excellency Alfred Vanderpuije,  Mayor of Accra, Ghana
His Excellency H. Ahmad Dahlan, Mayor of Batam, Indonesia
Ilmar Reepalu, Mayor of Malmo, Sweden
His Excellency Mauricio Macri,  Mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina
His Excellency Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Shri Asit Vora, Mayor of Ahmedabad, India
WCS Expo
The WCS Expo is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees this year, and 90% of the Expo space has already been taken up. The Expo will showcase city projects from China, Denmark, Saudi Arabia and the Asian Network of Major Cities 21.
Commercial pavilions will also exhibit technological solutions and business opportunities. Exhibitors include:

Accenture Pte Ltd
Far East Organization
Keppel Corporation
Panasonic Asia Pacific

Registration details
are available here.

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