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Seeking a Better Urban Future


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Dr Cheong Koon Hean, CEO of the Housing and Development Board (2010–Present) was the Institute of Policy Studies' 5th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains edited versions of the three IPS-Nathan Lectures she gave between March and April 2018, and highlights of her dialogue with the audience.

Climate change, an ageing population, anti-globalisation sentiments the world over, technological disruption, and social media all pose unique problems and opportunities to cities. Dr Cheong examines how cities deal with their urban challenges to create a better life for their citizens. In particular, what are the considerations needed to plan and develop Singapore in the face of rapid change and uncertainty, given our constraints as a small city-state with an open economy?

The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched in 2014 as part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. The S R Nathan Fellow delivers a series of lectures during their term to advance public understanding and discussion of issues of critical national interest.

Sample Chapter(s)


  • Foreword
  • About the Moderators
  • Lecture I: What Makes A City Successful? Lessons from Inspiring Cities
  • Lecture II: Anticipating Our Urban Future: Trends, Threats and Transformation
  • Lecture III: Shaping The Future of Heartland Living

        ISBN: 9789813279964
        Format: Paperback
        Pages: 164pp
        Published: 2018