Assoc Prof Ho Kong Chong, Vice Dean of Research, FASS, was part of the team from NUS who attended the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013. Otherwise known as the Summer Davos of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the event held at Dalian, China from 11 to 13 September this year focused on “Meeting the Innovation Imperative”. The NUS team was there to showcase their ideas on urban design innovations at the meeting’s IdeasLab. They presented new thinking on four aspects of making high-density cities liveable: enabling innovations that make cities do more with less and provide something for everyone; exploiting better community design for resource optimisation and recovery; using technology for enhancing urban preservation efforts; and creating space for civic dialogue to bridge cultural differences. IdeasLab is an open platform where leading thinkers from the world’s top academic institutions present their current thinking, and the audience and their colleagues interact on their ideas.
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