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[Quarterly Talk] Singapore: Becoming a City in Nature, 22 June

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

It is undeniable that in the 21st century, Singapore is among a group of liveable and sustainable cities that have also maintained their economic prosperity, providing a useful example for other metropolises. Recognised globally as a Garden City, Singapore has long aspired to be a City In Nature and this was achieved through many coordinated PPIs (Public Private Initiatives), from the implementation of formal policies under the Land Use Planning, through to the widespread adoption of sustainable urban development approach. The cosmopolitan island has now enhanced liveability through careful concerted planning of their Green & Blue (Flora and Marine) spaces. Last year's unveiling of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 attested its long-term commitment to strengthening resilience to climate change as a priority in the recovery from Covid-19 for a more sustainable future. Through the award-winning Singapore Pavilion at the EXPO2020 in Dubai, the world got to see a microcosm of Singapore’s efforts to become a resilient, liveable and sustainability city. The UAESBC is honoured to host Mr Larry Ng, Prize Secretary of the LKY World City Prize and Commissioner General of the Singapore Pavilion at EXPO2020 Dubai, as our featured speaker in the UAESBC Quarterly Talk Series*. Join us in an intimate tea-time talk as Mr Ng shares Singapore's journey to becoming a city in nature including his expert insights and personal involvement in the various successful projects and initiatives. Details of the talk are as follows:

Title: Singapore - Becoming A City in Nature Speaker: Mr Larry Ng, Prize Secretary of the LKY World City Prize Date: Wednesday, 22nd June 2022 Time: 2.30 pm, Singapore Time Venue: Gilmour Room, Level Two, Singapore Cricket Club, Connaught Drive, Singapore 179681 Registration: CLICK HERE to access Registration Form Registration fee of $35 for UAESBC Members $40 for Non-Members includes Tea/Coffee refreshments in buffet style prepared by reputable Chefs at the Singapore Cricket Club. For further queries, please write to We look forward to host you at the event!

About the Speaker

Mr Larry Ng is the Prize Secretary of the LKY World City Prize, a biennial international award that honours outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world. He is also Registrar of the Board of Architects of Singapore. As Registrar, he was instrumental in the setting up of the ASEAN Architects Council. He also served as Chairman of the ASEAN Business Services Sectoral Working Group from 2010 to 2017 and was involved in the APEC Architect Project since 2006. Recently, Mr Ng was appointed as the Commissioner General of the Award-Winning Singapore Pavilion at the EXPO2020 in Dubai.

Mr Ng has extensive experience in the planning, design and implementation of public housing in Singapore. In his long career with the Housing and Department Board (HDB), he has been involved in the master planning of new towns and design and supervision of various types of projects including high rise public housing, commercial, industrial, institutional, Main Upgrading Programme (MUP), Hawker Upgrading Programme (HUP) and also studio apartments for the elderly.

From 2012 to 2018, Mr Ng was actively involved in the World Cities Summit (WCS), a premier global platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships.

Mr Ng was a Colombo Plan Scholar who graduated from University of Western Australia in 1979, and holds a master’s degree in building science from University of Sydney where he was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Prize and the University of Sydney Building Science Prize. He was also awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008 by the President of Singapore.

* The UAESBC Quarterly Talk Series is an intimate platform featuring high profile speakers to UAESBC Members and the larger Singapore business community. It allows attendees direct access to the speaker during the Q&A session and encourage networking between all attendees. As UAESBC is a not-for-profit entity, the registration fee requested for the event is purely to cover the costs of venue booking and F&B, whilst all other costs are absorbed by the Council.

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