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Christopher Glaisek talks about transforming Toronto’s waterfront
From Toronto’s bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics to creating one of the most exciting urban renewal projects in Canada, Christopher Glaisek of Waterfront Toronto shares with us the story of Toronto’s ambitious waterfront rejuvenation project.


Louise Kerr on Sydney’s extensive engagement process
Louise Kerr, the Executive Manager Development of the city of Sydney, talks about the urban challenges that Sydney faced leading to the development of the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Master Plan, and how the city has engaged the people in its most extensive process yet.


Ludo Campbell-Reid on Auckland’s small projects to transform the city
Ludo Campbell-Reid is the Design Champion and General Manager of the Auckland Design Office at Auckland Council. He takes charge of all things urban design in Auckland, and leads in transforming the city through good urban design. Instead of taking the usual approach of implementing large-scale projects to transform the city, Auckland chooses instead to use small projects to win over the people for a truly sustainable transformation. Campbell-Reid tells us how in this short interview.


Flemming Borreskov on the value of the Prize
Flemming Borreskov is Founder and President of Catalytic Society, and President of the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP). He is also the Chairman of the Board of Danish Architecture Centre, and member of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Council.

At the World Cities Summit 2016 in Singapore last July, Borreskov shared his views on the Laureate and Special Mentions of the 2016 Prize, as well as his thoughts on the value of the Prize.


Federico Gutiérrez on Medellín’s path ahead
Federico Gutiérrez took over the leadership baton from Aníbal Gaviria as the Mayor of 2016 Prize Laureate city Medellín since January 2016. In this 5 minute interview, Mayor Gutiérrez discusses what makes Medellín what it is today, the challenges that lie ahead, and his plans and visions to bring the city to the next level.


Interview with Juan Mari Aburto
Juan Mari Aburto was elected the Mayor of Bilbao in 2015, and since taking office, he has been actively involved in the implementation of the many new developments in the city that will continue to define Bilbao as a city of culture and innovation.

In this exclusive video interview, Mayor Aburto discussed the importance of culture in Bilbao, and shares the city’s new developments such as the Azkuna Zentroa cultural centre and the upcoming Zorrotzaurre district, as well as his thoughts on creating opportunities for the people of Bilbao.

2016 Prize Forum

Walter Kling speaks at World Cities Summit 2016
Walter Kling is the Deputy Managing Director of Vienna Water, a municipal department in Vienna that oversees the supply and management of high quality water of the city. At the World Cities Summit 2016, Kling shared Vienna’s ambitious environmental pursuits and forward-looking innovations.

Christopher Glaisek speaks at World Cities Summit 2016
Christopher Glaisek is the Vice President of Planning and Design for Waterfront Toronto. He is responsible for all precinct planning, public realm and building design initiatives in the central waterfront of the city.

Glaisek shared Toronto’s transformation story of its waterfront from a drab industrial port land in the early 2000s to a dynamic and attractive place that it is today at the recently concluded World Cities Summit 2016.

Louise Kerr speaks at the World Cities Summit 2016
Louise Kerr is the Executive Manager Development from the city of Sydney’s City Planning Development & Transport department. She has over 22 years of experience in the local government of Sydney and is one of the key persons driving the city’s ambitious Sustainable Sydney 2030 master plan. Watch her presentation at the recently concluded World Cities Summit 2016, where she shared Sydney’s plans and extensive engagement processes.


Len Brown on transforming Auckland
Len Brown, Mayor of Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016 Special Mention city Auckland greeted the audience at World Cities Summit 2016 in Māori language and delivered an energetic lecture on Auckland’s priorities in placing people in the heart of its urban and social transformation, before ending the session with a song in Māori.

2016 Award Ceremony & Banquet

Dialogue with PM Lee
The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016 was presented at the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony on 11 July 2016. Guests at the exclusive gala dinner were treated to an engaging dialogue session with the Guest-of-Honour Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, and moderated by Prof Chan Heng Chee, Chairman of Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, SUTD. The dialogue raised interesting topics from Brexit to terrorism and climate change.

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Interview with Medellín
Mr Aníbal Gaviria Correa, former Mayor of Medellín and Mr Jorge Alberto Pérez Jaramillo, Architect and former Director of Planning of Medellín were in Singapore in March for the announcement of the 2016 Prize Laureate.

In this exclusive interview, they share with us their thoughts on Medellín winning the Prize, the factors that contributed to the remarkable transformation of their city, and the challenges faced during the transformation process.

2016 Prize Laureate: Medellín
Medellín has transformed from 15 to 20 years ago a city overwhelmed by pain and fear to a “city for life” today. Overcoming challenges of uncontrolled expansion and years of violence as a result of social inequalities, it has successfully transformed itself to one that celebrates life and is today a model for urban innovation. Learn more about Medellín’s remarkable transformation story here.



Cities and the new climate economy
Mr Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities presented the research findings from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate’s New Climate Economy (NCE) project that LSE Cities is leading at the URA Speakers Series in Singapore. At the lecture, Mr Rode shared some of the core findings and arguments published in the first NCE publication “Better growth, better climate” and position the role of cities as part of a global green economy transition.


Interview with Mr Xu Ming
Mr Xu Ming is the Vice Mayor of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. As a senior economist, he oversees Suzhou’s commerce, export driven economy and international cooperation.



2014 Prize Laureate  

2014 Prize Laureate: Suzhou – Embracing the Old and New
Suzhou, Jiangsu Province is a cultural city with over 2,500 years of history. The city’s unique blend of preservation and expansion allows for the harmonious co-existence of old and new entities, and is a model for other developing cities around the world facing the great challenges of rapid urbanisation.

2012 Prize Forum  

Michael Krause on transforming Khayelitsha
Michael Krause, Director of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) Development talks about the life-changing VPUU Programme that has transformed the Khayetlisha neighbourhood.


Practical solutions for Ahmedabad
Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Ahmedabad's Municipal Commissioner shared the city's initiatives to improve the citizen's quality of life at the Prize Forum of the World Cities Summit in July 2012.


Compact Living?
What is Vancouver’s compact, high density model? Mayor Gregor Robertson shares insights at the Prize Forum of the World Cities Summit in July 2012.


Brisbane, a New World City
At the Prize Forum at World Cities Summit 2012, Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor shared with the audience about Brisbane’s ambition to become Australia’s new world city – and the steps the forward-looking city is taking to transform itself.


Planning for sustainability: The Malmö way
At the Prize Forum during the World Cities Summit 2012 in July, Mayor of Malmö Ilmar Reepalu spoke passionately about how Malmö plans for and achieves sustainability in partnership with the community, business groups and Copenhagen, its neighbouring city in Denmark.


Solutions for Green Growth
Mayor of Culture and Leisure, Her Excellency Mrs Pia Allerslev spoke about how Copenhagen is driving sustainable solution for regional ‘green growth’ at the Prize Forum during the World Cities Summit 2012 this July.


Learning from the 2012 Prize
Dr Cheong Koon Hean, member of the Nominating Committee summarised the key learning points gathered from the 2012 submissions.

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A Greener and Greater New York City
Catch Commissioner Adrian Benepe’s full presentation at the Prize Lecture during the World Cities Summit on 2 Jul 2012. Hear more about PlaNYC and the projects that NYC is spearheading.


Prize lecture Q&A session highlights
Commissioner Adrian Benepe shares NYC’s initiative on urban agriculture and discusses the potential for its future. He also tells us about New York’s water management and how the city will continue on the path of sustainable growth and preserve their successes beyond changes in administrations.


Bloomberg on impactful projects
“Brooklyn Bridge Park… brings park users right to the edge of one of the greatest harbours in the world… Like the Brooklyn Bridge Park…through private activism, public investment and rezoning, the High Line has re-born as New York’s first aerial park.” Watch the full lecture by Mayor Bloomberg on key projects that have made a difference in New York’s transformation.


2012 Prize Laureate: Insight Into New York City
From new parkland and bicycle lanes, to reinvention of public spaces and transformation of derelict sites, New York City has embraced its density and diversity to transform itself into a more liveable, vibrant and greener city in the last 10 years.


What does it mean to be truly sustainable as a city?
The members of the Nominating Committee of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize shares with us their views on what it means to be truly sustainable as a city.


How Will Our Cities Evolve?
Imagine cities of the future. Cities without cars? People-focused cities? Our Nominating Committee members describe how cities will look like in the future.


Creating Change
How can government, private sector and civil society work together to create meaningful changes in our cities? Our Nominating Members share their views.


What Does It Take To Be A Liveable City?
The liveability of a city is one of the four key pillars of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize. What exactly does liveability mean? We ask the Nominating Committee members what does it take to be a liveable city?


2010 Prize Laureate  

2010 Prize Laureate:
Bilbao’s Transformation

“There is much more to Bilbao than just the ‘Guggenheim effect’...” Learn more about Bilbao’s transformation and its inspiring story.



City Of Bilbao As Presented At
The Shanghai Expo 2010

Be captivated and enchanted by beautiful and mesmerising Bilbao.


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