Why 80% of Singaporeans live in government-built flats

ARTICLE

The Economist, Jul 6th 2017

This vast national housing system surprises visitors who think of Singapore as a low-tax hub for expatriate bankers and big multinationals. But HDB is a linchpin of economic and social policy and an anchor for the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), which has led Singapore since independence. It is also a tantalising but tricky model for Singapore’s fast-urbanising neighbours to follow.

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How Cities Work

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James Gulliver Hancock, Lonely Planet Kids, 2016

City Living. The next time you’re in a big city, look around you. Do all the buildings and houses look the same? Many cities around the world are hundreds of years old, and contain lots of different types of architecture. 

Why buses represent democracy in action

TALK

Enrique Peñalosa, TED, September 2013

Mobility in developing world cities is a very peculiar challenge, because different from health or education or housing, it tends to get worse as societies become richer. Clearly, a unsustainable model. Mobility, as most other developing country problems, is more than a matter of money or technology, is a matter of equality – equity. The great inequality in developing countries makes it difficult to see, for example, that in terms of transport, an advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport, or bicycles.

New York’s streets? Not so mean anymore.

TALK

Janette Sadik-Khan, TED, September 2013

And so, I think that the lesson that we have from New York is that it’s possible to change your streets quickly, it’s not expensive, it can provide immediate benefits, and it can be quite popular. You just need to reimagine your streets. They’re hidden in plain sight.


To learn more about Janette Sadik-Khan’s work around streets and transportation, click here.

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. 

Mike Bloomberg (et al), Mayor of New York