S'pore companies can contribute to building smart cities: Lee Yi Shyan
- POSTED: 11 Oct 2013 19:49
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Singapore companies have a role to play in building smart cities, said Senior Minister of State for National Development Lee Yi Shyan.
SINGAPORE: Singapore companies have a role to play in building smart cities, said Senior Minister of State for National Development Lee Yi Shyan.
He said urban solutions are a growing range of exciting and intelligent initiatives that improve liveability and help build 'smart cities'.
More resources will be channelled to these areas in the future, and cities would need to prioritise and focus on new urban solutions to address future challenges.
Singapore companies, he said, must constantly innovate and harness new ideas to better integrate sustainability in urban designs.
Mr Lee, who is also Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, urged the companies to deepen their expertise through research and sharing.
Speaking on Friday at the launch of a set of books that documents local consultancy Surbana's history in urban design, he said Singapore is well placed to apply the principles of its success in urban development to overseas markets.
He described Tianjin Eco-City and Suzhou Industrial Park in China as some of the successful large-scale overseas projects that showcase Singapore's winning approaches toward urban solutions and urban planning.
He also described Surbana as a local company that's "stretched boundaries to bring innovative design and locally developed solutions to cities worldwide".
Surbana grew out of the building and development division of public housing agency, the Housing and Development Board (HDB).
It became a consultancy in July 2003.
Since then, it has designed more than 180 public housing projects, and undertaken over 120 overseas projects in the last decade.
One of the books launched traces the consultancy's track record in exporting "Made in Singapore" master plans to more than 90 cities in 30 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.