Q&A: Small footprint, big ideas

Lim Eng Hwee, chief planner and deputy chief executive officer of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, discusses sustainability and green living in a limited space

The World Today Published 6 February 2015 Updated 5 January 2021 2 minute READ

Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

How does a small island state plan for sustainability?

As a small city-state with no natural resources and a land area of just over 710 square kilometres – less than half the size of London – Singapore has to support a spectrum of needs, both as a growing city and a country. Besides housing, parks, commercial and industrial developments, we also need to provide land for our water catchment, defence, ports and airports. Our approach to long-term land use is through the Concept Plan, which guides Singapore’s development over the next 40 to 50 years. The land use strategies are then translated into detailed local plans for implementation over the next 10 to 15 years.

Singapore is short of water. What are you doing to solve this problem?

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