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Date: Monday, 9 July 2018
Time: 3.15pm – 5.15pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Delegates gained insights from the 2018 Special Mentions: Hamburg, Kazan, Surabaya, and Tokyo at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Forum. This is a dedicated platform for them to share their diverse urban development experiences as case studies for cities around the world. Each speaker presented their unique context, the challenges faced, and the urban solutions deployed.

Special Mention Cities
Prof. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg
Chief Executive Officer, HafenCity GmBH

Ilsur Metshin
Mayor, Kazan

H.E. Dr. Tri Rismaharini
Mayor, Surabaya

Junko Inokuma
Vice Governor, Tokyo Metropolis

Prof. Marilyn Taylor
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Pennsylvania

Wong Mun Summ
Founding Director, WOHA Architects

Date: Monday, 11 July 2016
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm
Venue: Sands Grand Ballroom D-E, Level 5

*Simultaneous interpretations in Mandarin and Spanish will be provided.

The Prize Forum is a dedicated platform for 2016 Special Mentions to share their diverse urban development experiences as case studies for cities around the world. Each speaker will present their unique context, the challenges faced and the urban solutions they have sought.

Prof Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean and Paley Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Design

His Excellency Len Brown, Mayor, Auckland, New Zealand
Louise Kerr, Executive Manager Development, City Planning Development & Transport, Sydney, Australia
Christopher Glaisek, Vice President of Planning and Design, Waterfront Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Walter Kling, Deputy Managing Director, Vienna Water, Vienna, Austria

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Date: 2 June 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Sands Grand Ballroom L, Level 5

The Prize Forum is a dedicated platform for the 2014 Special Mentions to share their diverse urban development experiences as case studies for cities around the world. Each speaker will present their unique context, the challenges faced and the urban solutions they have sought.


•  Professor Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee Member and Dean of School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, USA


Opening Remarks:

•  Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee Member and CEO, Housing & Development Board, Singapore



•  City of Yokohama, Japan
   •  Urban Challenges and City Development of Yokohama
•  Medellín, Colombia
   •  Medellin, City for Life



  • Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee Member and CEO, Housing & Development Board, Singapore



Ahmedabad 92nd strongest city in world

Ahmedabad is a unique city. Founded after its ruler noticed a dog-chasing rabbit on the banks of a river 600-odd years ago, this 'Gift of the Sabarmati' has grown enough to be counted among the Top-100 cities of the world today.

As per Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the business-to-business (B2B) arm of The Economist group, Ahmedabad ranks 92nd in the list of Top-100 cities of the world, as far as competitive spirit is concerned. EIU's report reveals that Ahmedabad has witnessed double-digit growth in GDP and has the potential to grow even faster.

Released in March 2012, the report by Hotspots, an EIU research programme commissioned by Citigroup, ranks competitiveness among 120 of the world's major cities. The final report is handiwork of EIU's editorial team which formulated Global City Competitive Index and analysed parameters for the rankings.

"Emerging cities like Ahmedabad in India and Tianjin in China are witnessing double-digit economic growth and have the potential to grow even faster," states the report.

"Competitiveness, however, is a holistic concept. While economic size and growth are important, several other factors including business, regulatory environment, quality of human capital and life help sustain a city's high economic growth rate, and create a stable and harmonious business and social environment."

New York ranks one, or is the most competitive city in the world, as per EIU's report followed by London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

New Delhi (68) tops Indian cities on this chart, followed by Mumbai (70), Bangalore (79), Ahmedabad (92), Pune (97), Hyderabad (98) and Chennai and Kolkata together at 105th place.

Mentioning more about Ahmedabad, the report states that 30 Megacities of the world, of which Ahmedabad is one, are expected to grow at a healthy 6.3% in period 2010-16. Ahmedabad's GDP is predicted to grow at 10.1% per annum in this period, ranking it 19th on the list of the Megacities in terms of economic strength.

The Top-three cities of this list are in China and they expected to grow in excess of 11.5%.

Among Indian cities, only Bangalore is projected to beat Ahmedabad in economic growth rate. Karnataka's capital is expected to develop at 10.3% in 2010-16, just a shade above Ahmedabad's 10.1%.

But the erstwhile 'Manchester of the East' and the successor to Detroit across the Pacific puddle is a laggard when it comes to other parameters to rate it as a global city. It may be 19th on economic strength, but skids in physical capital, financial maturity, institutional effectiveness, human capital, natural hazards and global appeal. It doesn't even feature in Top-60 when these factors are in play.

The City of Vancouver is acknowledged world-wide for its innovative planning and urban design. We are fortunate to be surrounded by mountains, forests, the ocean and beaches. The natural setting informs every aspect of planning, design and liveability in our city.

In addition to our spectacular natural setting, there have been significant moments in our history that have helped shape the city we are today. In the 1970s citizens rebelled against the proposal to build an inner-city freeway through the downtown core, and as a result the government of the day abandoned the idea, along with several destructive 'urban renewal' initiatives. Since then, Vancouver has been forward thinking, leading-edge and, occasionally, counterintuitive, and in being so has changed many fundamental assumptions and debates about how cities world-wide should be built.

One thing that sets Vancouver apart is the willingness to leverage our advantages to deliberately create the city we have today. It is significant that our processes have evolved over 40 years and continues to evolve today, with renewed commitment to leadership in city-building. Vancouver's strong and effective planning approach provides a solid foundation for future development. The continuity of policy-making allows us to strive for an ever better city, focusing on sustainability and liveability, with the goal of becoming the world's greenest city by 2020.

Vancouver has long embraced its role and responsibilities as an international model of innovative city-building. A cornerstone of the Vancouver approach is embracing diversity, speaking honestly about our history and challenges, and also celebrating our successes. Our city continues to pioneer new policies and approaches that ensure the city remains an inclusive place to live, learn and work.

The presentation will provide insight into the transformation of low income neighbourhoods developed und Apartheid law characterised by social, institutional, economic, cultural and spatial exclusion into Sustainable Neighbourhoods. Such transformation is driven through comprehensive partnership approaches. The role of public space as driver of community expressions and public debate, the need to social coherence, the management of spaces, appropriate local economic development models are all elements of bringing into being a Sustainable Neighbourhood. The programme is a partnership between the City of Cape Town, the Government of the Western Cape, South African National Treasury, the German Development Bank, the communities under leadership of the Khayelitsha Development Forum, the University of Cape Town and many NGO's and private initiatives. The process is facilitated via a dedicated agent – AHT GROUP AG and its South African partner SUN Development.

The programme applies practical research techniques and follows UN Habitat Safer Cities and WHO practices. Key for transformation to take place is solid community negotiations. The presentation will illustrate how the relatively small start within a defined neighbourhood of about 40.000 people has and is been replicated to large parts of the City of Cape Town and South Africa.

  • Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, India
    Abstract: Ahmedabad: Implementing practical, sustainable solutions for developing cities
  • His Worship Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, Canada
    Abstract: Vancouver: The evolving Vancouver model of city-building
  • Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor, Deputy to the Lord Mayor on International Relations & Multicultural Affairs, Brisbane City Council, Australia
    Abstract: Urban Renewal Brisbane- Brisbane's urban renaissance
  • Michael Krause, Director, Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Development
    Abstract: Cape Town: Violence prevention through urban upgrading
  • Her Excellency Pia Allerslev, Mayor of Culture and Leisure, City of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Abstract: Copenhagen: Driving sustainable solutions for regional "green growth"
  • His Excellency Ilmar Reepalu, Mayor of Malmö, Sweden