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50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore


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Edited by Heng Chye Kiang

50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore's planning approach to urbanisation.

Organised into three parts, the first section of the volume—called "Paradigms, Policies, and Processes"—provides an overview of the ideologies and strategies underpinning urban planning in Singapore.

The second section, "The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts", delves into the key land-use sectors of Singapore's urban planning system; and the third section, "Urban Complexities and Creative Solutions", examines the challenges and considerations of planning for the Singapore of tomorrow.

This volume brings together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and academics in the professional and research fields of planning, architecture, urbanism, and city-making.

Sample Chapter(s)
Foreword (119 KB)
Chapter 1: The Early Years of Nation-Building: Reflections on Singapore's Urban History (651 KB)


  • Paradigms, Policies & Processes:
    • The Early Years of Nation-Building: Reflections on Singapore's Urban History (Alan F C Choe)
    • Planning & Urbanisation in Singapore: A 50-Year Journey (Liu Thai Ker)
    • Economic Planning for Productivity, Growth, and Prosperity (Philip Yeo)
    • Environmental Planning for Sustainable Development (Tan Yong Soon)
  • The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts:
    • Planning to Overcome the Constraints of Scarcity (Ng Lang)
    • Making Singapore a Liveable and Sustainable City: Our Urban Systems Approach (Khoo Teng Chye and Remy Guo)
    • The Evolution of HDB Towns (Cheong Koon Hean)
    • Transportation: Mobility, Accessibility, and Connectivity (Mohinder Singh)
    • Industry Planning in Singapore (Tang Hsiao Ling)
    • Greening Singapore: Past Achievements, Emerging Challenges (Tan Puay Yok)
    • 50 Years of Urban Planning & Tourism (Pamelia Lee)
    • Shaping Singapore's Cityscape Through Urban Design (Goh Hup Chor & Heng Chye Kiang)
  • Urban Complexities & Creative Solutions:
    • Conserving Urban Heritage: Remembering the Past in a Developmental City-State (Lily Kong)
    • Public Housing and Community Development: Planning for Urban Diversity in a City-State (Tan Ern Ser)
    • Era of Globalisation: Singapore's New Urban Economy and the Rise of a World Asian City (Ho Kong Chong)
    • Towards Greater Sustainability and Liveability in an Urban Age (Heng Chye Kiang and Yeo Su-Jan)
  • Perspectives on the Future of Urban Planning in Singapore
    • Challenges for a New Era (Peter Ho)

    About the Editor
    Heng Chye Kiang is Professor and Dean of the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. He serves as a member of several editorial boards of international journals and as a jury member of many international design competitions in Asia. He is also Board member of the Building and Construction Authority, National Museum of Singapore, Centre for Liveable Cities, and former Board member of the Jurong Town Corporation and Urban Redevelopment Authority. His research covers the urban design and history of Chinese cities.

    Heng Chye Kiang consults internationally and is the conceptual designer of several international urban design/planning competition winning entries in China. He publishes widely on urban history and design. His books include On Asian Streets and Public Space (2010), A Digital Reconstruction of Tang Chang'an (2006), and Cities of Aristocrats and Bureaucrats (1999).

    ISBN: 9789814656467
    Format: Paperback
    Pages: 348pp
    Published: 2016

    ISBN: 9789814656467