International Housing Forum to Share Expertise on Building Sustainable Cities & Homes

  • Published Date: 18 Aug 2017

                The Housing & Development Board will be partnering two international and two local agencies for the first time to hold an International Housing Forum (IHF 2017) next month. The Forum will be officiated by Minister for National Development & Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong.

     

    2          The Forum seeks to advance the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda, a 20-year roadmap that guides how cities should be planned and managed.  Setting a new global standard for sustainable urban development, the UN New Urban Agenda was adopted by close to 170 countries, including Singapore, at the 2016 United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)1 held in Quito, Ecuador.

     

    3          Anchored on the theme “Sustainable Planning, Inclusive Communities”, the Forum is jointly organised by HDB, International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning & Human Settlements (EAROPH), Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) and Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC).  Dr Cheong Koon Hean, Chief Executive Officer of HDB and Deputy President of the IFHP, said :

     

     “This is the first time that these five agencies have collaborated to create an international platform to discuss how best we can build sustainable cities and homes. This subject has become more and more critical, as we face an increasingly urbanised world.  We need to re-envision the way cities and towns are planned, designed, developed and governed, so that we can improve the lives of our people, both present and future. The IHF 2017 will bring about 400 professionals and policy makers to share ideas and good practices on planning and housing.  As iron sharpens iron, I am confident that we will help one another find fresh perspectives and new approaches to build more sustainable cities, affordable homes and stronger communities.”

     

    1 https://unhabitat.org/new-urban-agenda-adopted-at-habitat-iii/

     

    Highlights of IHF 2017

     

    4          The 2-day forum will be held on 7 and 8 September 2017 at HDB Hub, where more than a dozen prominent leaders, decision-makers and experts across various disciplines will share their expertise and experience in four domains:

     

    • Housing Policies, Governance & Finance

    • Planning & Design of Liveable Cities

    • Resilient & Inclusive Communities

    • Sustainable Development & Smart Technology

     

    5          The New Urban Agenda places housing at the centre in driving sustainable urbanization. It calls for a shift in creation of urban settlements from agglomeration of houses to holistic frameworks, guided by comprehensive urban planning, effective policies and placing people at the core of urban development.  Dr Cheong Koon Hean will deliver the opening keynote, highlighting the global challenges involved in providing adequate and affordable housing. She will share Singapore’s public housing experience.

        

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    The New Urban Agenda places housing at the centre in driving sustainable urbanization.
    Dr Cheong Koon Hean, CEO of HDB and Deputy President of the IFHP, will deliver the opening keynote
    at IHF 2017, highlighting the global challenges involved in providing adequate and affordable housing.

     

    6          Several other renowned local and overseas speakers, including the following key note presenters, will also share their expertise:

     

    • Dr Eugénie L. Birch, Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania

    • Dr Philipp Rode, Executive Director at LSE Cities

    • Professor David Chan, Director of Behavioural Sciences Institute at Singapore Management University (SMU)

    • Ms Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech)

     

    7          Professor David Chan, Director of Behavioural Sciences Institute at SMU, will touch on the social and behavioural sciences behind building resilient and inclusive communities.  He said: “With rapid changes in technology, population composition, and socio-political mindsets, Singapore needs to adopt a people-centric approach that understands how people think, feel and act in various contexts, so that we can build social and psychological capital to develop communities to be inclusive, resilient and cohesive. The IHF will offer a platform to co-create integrated solutions that will enhance quality of life for individuals and communities.”          

     

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    Building resilient and inclusive communities will be a focal point of the Forum,
    against a backdrop of rapid technology change and a more complex social fabric.

     

    8          Ms Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive, GovTech, added: “Deploying technology to make our urban habitat more liveable and efficiently run is one of the focus areas under Smart Nation. Singapore is no different from other cities grappling with increasing urban density and ageing populations. We need to tap on the potential of digital technologies such as Internet of Things, geospatial information systems and data analytics, to enhance the quality of citizens' lives.”

     

    9          During the Forum, delegates will engage in in-depth discussion on the challenges in building sustainable cities and solutions through policy, planning, design, and technology. Beyond sharing through presentations and case studies, the delegates will also visit Toa Payoh, Singapore’s first comprehensively planned and built satellite town; as well as Punggol, Singapore’s first eco and sustainable waterfront town.  These site visits will allow them to experience the living environment and learn about sustainable planning and design concepts in HDB towns.

     

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    Delegates of IHF 2017 will visit Punggol, Singapore’s first eco and sustainable waterfront town,
    to learn about sustainable planning and design concepts in HDB towns.

     

    10        The list of speakers and synopses of their presentations are in Annex.  More details about IHF 2017 are available on the IHF website - www.ihf2017.sg.