High-density cities and liveability need not be at odds. After conducting a study in 2011 on sustainable development in Hong Kong, the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research group, teamed-up with the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore to study high-density living in the Lion City. The result of their year-long research was released at the end of January, and Scott Dunn, vice-president at Aecom Technology Corporation in South Asia, and John Fitzgerald, ULI senior vice- president (Asia Pacific), were in Hong Kong to spread the word last week. While there is so much that Singapore has done right – in many ways it’s a great case study on how to build a harmonious high-density city – it still has its shortcomings.
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