ISSUE 3, MAY 2010
Bilbao City Hall has been named
the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World
City Prize Laureate in ...
“What is the city, but the people?”
William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
Individuals form the cornerston...
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  1. 1. ISSUE 3, MAY 2010 WORLD CITY NEWS Bilbao City Hall has been named the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate in recognition of its integrated and holistic approach in urban transformation. Bilbao's success is founded on visionary leadership, commitment to long-term planning, strong processes and supporting infrastructure. Jointly co-organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore’s land-use planning and conservation authority, and the Centre for Liveable Cities, the bien- nial international Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize seeks to generate positive social, economic and environmental impact in cities around the world. It provides a plat- form to highlight and celebrate urban solutions and to spur further innova- tion in the area of sustainable urban development and city excellence. The award focuses on the four key pillars of liveability, vibrancy, sustainability, and quality of life, which are instrumental to the success of every city and its quality of urban life. These qualities were evidently demonstrated in Bilbao’s radical transformation from a post- industrial city to a vibrant metropolis. The 78 worldwide nominations for the Prize were carefully considered through a rigorous two-tier process comprising a Nominating Committee and a Prize Council. Both jury panels were particularly impressed with The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Iberdrola Tower Bilbao City Hall tops 78 nominations to clinch the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize even as we explore other areas of opportunity and growth." Central to Bilbao’s success is its ability to align its strategic objectives and vision among key stakeholders. The Bilbao Ria 2000, its integrative model for collaboration among several stakeholders, is an effective instrument of strong public-private partnership to ensure the smooth im- plementation of the city's plans and projects. The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize will be presented at the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet during this year's World Cities Summit, which will take place from 28 June to 1 July 2010. what Bilbao had achieved, through a chronological and systematic order of development over a period of 25 years that was both well-integrated and skilfully executed. Bilbao City Hall has improved Bilbao’s environ- ment and quality of life significantly, strengthened its social cohesiveness and cultural vibrancy, as well as sharpened its economic competitive- ness. Mayor of Bilbao, Dr Iñaki Azkuna, said, "For Bilbao City Hall to be named the first recipients of this important award is a great form of recognition for us. We are truly honoured and hope that Bilbao can provide inspiration for other cities – Bilbao City Hall OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE WORLD CITIES SUMMIT 2010 To contribute ideas or to unsubscribe, please email
  2. 2. PAGE 2 WORLD CITY NEWS “What is the city, but the people?” William Shakespeare, Coriolanus Individuals form the cornerstone of cities, imbuing them with vibrancy, and shaping their charac- ter and personality. But cities are great, not just because of their architects or their urban planners. For what we remember of a truly liveable city are not the buildings and roads, but the people and resi- dents who call the city home. Work- ing hand in hand with urban lead- ers and the government, a commu- nity can truly transform a city. Urban Greenery Consider some examples from Singapore, such as urban green- ery. In our vision of Singapore as a lush City in a Garden, we see community involvement as a crucial ingredient in overall efforts. When people appreciate the value of greenery in their living environ- ment, and are willing to take a stake in it, they would be more will- ing to invest their time and effort. For instance, the Plant-A-Tree (PAT) programme, which was launched in November 2007 by the National Parks Board (NParks), enables members of the public to make a nominal donation and play a direct part in greening the island and contributing towards the well- ness of the environment. To date, over 7,000 trees have been planted and pledged. Environmental Sustainability The role of community partners is also important in achieving national objectives of environ- mental sustainability. One of our targets is to increase the national waste recycling rate from 40% in 2000 to 60% by 2012. To promote recycling within neighbourhoods, the National Environment Agency (NEA) is involved in regular community recycling drives. One such drive in April 2010 commemorated Earth Day, and saw students collecting recyclables from residential blocks. The students also educated the residents on the importance of adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle. City Planning At the same time, our city- state’s small size and land scarcity have placed a premium on good planning to meet our immediate needs and to accommodate future growth. Every individual has a part to play in fostering a sustainable Singapore. To engage Singaporeans and gather their feedback on the recommendations for Concept Plan 2011 – a long term strategy for Singapore's land use plans over the next 50 years – the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) organised public forums which discussed four issues pertinent to liveable cities: quality of life, ageing issues, sustainability, and identity. Public focus groups will submit recommendations to URA. Moving Forward There are many further exam- ples, from Singapore and beyond. What is clear is that changing demographics, rising public expectations and new patterns of social interaction will require us to find new ways of community engagement to reinforce the need for greater social responsibility, at the personal and community level. To ensure that our outreach initiatives remain relevant and meaningful, we will continue to find new ways of enhancing our programmes, encouraging commu- nity participation, and cultivating collaborations with private corpora- tions and government agencies. We look forward to sharing our experiences with other cities at the World Cities Summit this June. Centre for Liveable Cities / Civil Service College WCS 2010 Co-Organisers Message from WCS 2010: Cities and Community Partnerships A renowned scholar on issues like globalization, immigration and global cities, Prof Sassen has written books which have been translated into 21 languages. Prof Sassen has also contributed a lead essay to the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture Catalogue, and has completed a five-year UNESCO project on sustainable human settlement in over 30 countries. S a s k i a Sassen is the R o b e r t S. Lynd Profes- sor of Sociology at Columbia University. Prof Sassen is a member of both the Council on Foreign Rela- tions and the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities. Prof Sassen was a key note speaker at the 2007 Holcim Forum in Shanghai, China, and the 2008 Metropolis Congress in Sydney, Australia, among other forums. In 2009, Prof Sassen spoke at a Singapore public lecture on “Global Cities at a Time of Crisis”. She will be speaking at the World Cities Summit on “Sustainable and High Growth Cities: Balancing Develop- ment and Environment”. Featured Speaker: Saskia Sassen Saskia Sassen
  3. 3. PAGE 3ISSUE 3, MAY 2010 energy and cost savings through a package of useful energy saving measures, Siemens illustrates how energy conservation can be financially viable. European Green City Index In 2009, Siemens commis- sioned the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to produce the Euro- pean Green City Index, a Europe- wide study of eco-friendly urban development which assessed the sustainability of infrastructures in 30 major cities and was the first study to comprehensively analyse the environmental measures implemented in Europe’s urban Cities are responsible for 75 percent of the energy consumed worldwide and 80 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings account for almost 40 percent of global energy require- ments. However, 30 percent of the power used in residential, commer- cial and public structures can be conserved through better insula- tion, and through ventilation, air- conditioning systems and heating technologies – which is what Siemens, a WCS platinum sponsor, aims to do. Using Energy Saving Perform- ance contracting, in which the customer is guaranteed specific Siemens’ Contribution to Sustainable Urban Development Every ten years, Singapore embarks on a long term planning exercise which peers far ahead to map out the vision of the country in the next 50 years. As part of Singapore’s Concept Plan 2011 review public consultation exercise, two focus groups were appointed by the national planning agency, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), to discuss four key issues – quality of life, ageing, sustainability, and identity. The first focus group felt that Singapore needs to be a home that is endearing, enchanting and in- spiring to all residents, as well as environmentally and socially sus- tainable. One key recommendation is the strengthening of the city-state’s green infrastructure. This includes ‘greening’ the entire lifecycle of a building, from planning and design, resources used, to operations and maintenance; and encouraging greater use of public transport. The second focus group aspires for Singapore to be an even more liveable and lively city, which is inspiring, inclusive and vibrant, and which all would love and be proud to call home. Some of the suggestions focused on improving the lives of the elderly. These comprise the provision of senior-friendly fixtures for residents to retrofit their exist- ing homes; and improving mobility for seniors and the less-abled, by ensuring more pervasive universal design and “end-to-end” accessi- bility. A comprehensive exercise, Concept Plan 2011 will balance different demands for land while ensuring that Singapore will have sufficient land to meet the needs of future generations. Concept Plan of a Future Singapore for All IMCSD Singapore — A City of Gardens centers. It identified eight qualitative and quantitative factors including CO2 emissions, energy, buildings, transport, water and green govern- ance – and summarised initiatives from which other cities could learn. Forward Looking Results All the analyses indicate that advanced technologies can enable cities to achieve ambitious environ- mental targets. Our studies show that cities can recoup their invest- ment costs through energy savings. Jens Wegmann CEO, Industry Solutions, Siemens AG World Cities Summit 2010 Register now for the World Cities Summit (WCS) 2010! Online registration is open to all delegates, trade visitors, and media till 15 June 2010. 1,000 conference delegates and 3,000 trade visitors from around the world are expected to attend WCS 2010. To be held from 28 June to 1 July, WCS 2010 will provide city administrators, policy makers, urban planners, government officials, and experts in international cities with a one-stop platform to identify practical solutions and develop useful linkages. WCS 2010 will also introduce you to the vast network of public and private sector players who can partner or support your execution of these solutions from design of green spaces, solid waste management to transforming public transport. At the same time, WCS 2010 will keep you up-to-date with the latest trends and innovative approaches in contemporary city management. For more information and to register online, please visit w w w . w o r l d c i t i e s . c o m . s g / registration.php
  4. 4. 该奖项的评 估重点着重于 四个领域:居 住的适于性、 朝气与活力的 程度、可持续 发展的可能性和生活的素质。这些 对每一个城市以及其生活素质都是 十分重要的。这些素质在毕尔巴鄂 从工业城市脱变为一个充满活力的 大都市中充分体现出来。 首届李光耀世界城市奖一共获得 的78项提名,是由一个提名委员会 以及奖品理事会共同筛选的。特别 赞赏毕尔巴鄂能在为期超过25年 里,通过顺时又有系统的发展秩 序,巧妙地集成和执行他们的措施 方案。 毕尔巴鄂市政厅显著地改善了毕 尔巴鄂的环境以及生活素质,同时 共同拥有未来的新加坡共同拥有未来的新加坡共同拥有未来的新加坡共同拥有未来的新加坡 新加坡每10年都会对未来的规 划进行检讨,以便为将来50年的前 景打下基础。为制订发展概念总蓝 图,市区重建局特别成立了两个专 题讨论小组,针对四大关键课题 如:生活素质、社会老龄化、可持 续发展和身份认同,进行研讨。 其中一组认为,新加坡需要成 为一个容易让人亲近、迷人、又能 够启发人民的舒适家园。 小组提议加强新加坡的绿色基础 设施。这包括鼓励人民多使用公共 交通工具,及为建筑物注入更多绿 意。从规划到设计建设,从资源分 配到运营和维护,小组提倡的是一 个环保且永续的生活环境。 另一个专题小组则向往新加坡能 成为一个更适宜居住和朝气蓬勃的 活力城市、一个令人鼓舞,并拥有 坚固社区凝聚力的生活环境。 毕 尔 巴 鄂 市 政 厅 获毕 尔 巴 鄂 市 政 厅 获毕 尔 巴 鄂 市 政 厅 获毕 尔 巴 鄂 市 政 厅 获 颁颁颁颁 首 届 李 光 耀 世 界 城 市 奖首 届 李 光 耀 世 界 城 市 奖首 届 李 光 耀 世 界 城 市 奖首 届 李 光 耀 世 界 城 市 奖 毕尔巴鄂市政厅因在处理城市 发展中采取综合及完善的有效方 法,赢得首届李光耀世界城市奖的 殊荣。毕尔巴鄂的成功是建立在高 瞻远瞩的领导、长期的规划、以及 坚固的进程和基础设施。 由新加坡市区重建局和宜居城 市研发中心联合举办的这项两年一 度的国际李光耀世界城市奖,肯定 了新加坡对促进城市规划和管理的 杰出领导者。 奖项的宗旨在于奖励以创新思 维规划和管理城市,并成功解决环 境挑战的规划专才机构。其奖项也 期待能在世界各地的城市产生积极 正面的社会、经济与环境效应。 它提供一个平台,让人们突显 城市发展的解决办法,同时也促进 各地在可持续城市发展中作出更进 一步的创新。 也加强了社会凝聚力和文化朝气, 增加了经济竞争力。 毕尔巴鄂的成功在于它能够在各 个主要的利益相关者当中调整其战 略目标和愿景。毕尔巴鄂的“毕尔 巴鄂河2000”公司是多个利益相关 者之间的合作综合模型,是个强而 有力,且促进公私伙伴关系的有效 工具。它确保城市的计划能顺利实 施。 李光耀世界城市奖将于今年6月 在世界城市峰会颁发。 世界城市峰会世界城市峰会世界城市峰会世界城市峰会2010年指定简报年指定简报年指定简报年指定简报 世界城市世界城市世界城市世界城市通讯通讯通讯通讯 第第第第三三三三期期期期, 2010年五月年五月年五月年五月 若您想提供建议或取消订阅,请电邮致 毕尔巴鄂市政厅 小组的建议着重于改善年长者 的生活素质。这包括提供方便乐龄 人士和残障者的相关装置和无障碍 设施,通过普及的设计让建筑之间 通行无阻来提高居民的流动性。 全面且周详的检讨将使得2011 年的发展概念总蓝图在迎合国人的 期望时,能够取得良好的平衡。同 时,检讨也确保新加坡能保留足够 的土地,满足子孙后代的需求。