Cheong Koon Hean played a key role in developing Singapore into a distinctive global city and housing some 80% of the resident population in 1.1 million public housing flats, thus achieving one of the highest homeownership rates in the world. Here, Singapore’s celebrated urban planner explores the ambitious city of Tengah, a 42,000-home, 700-hectare “forest town”, a new generation public housing town that will combine design, greenery, walkability and technology to slash carbon emissions in an ever-warming city-state.
Professor CHEONG Koon Hean is currently Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities (Ministry of National Development) as well as the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Francis Ghesquiere is a Practice Manager at the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region, where he is in charge of a $4.5 billion portfolio focused on urban development, risk and resilience, and land management. He is also coordinating the World Bank Climate Change Support team in that region.