Evaluation Process

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All submissions are evaluated through a rigorous two-tier process comprising the Nominating Committee and Prize Council.

  • The Nominating Committee reviews and examines submissions and recommends potential Laureates to the Prize Council.
  • The Prize Council reviews and selects the Prize Laureate based on the recommendations.

Both panels consist of prominent practitioners, policy makers, academics and experts from a wide range of disciplines in the public and private sectors.

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Judging Criteria

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize emphasises the creation of liveable, vibrant, and sustainable urban communities within a quality built environment that incorporates the principles of sustainable development. Beyond good planning principles and processes, a holistic approach to sustainable development is also about creating and maintaining a cohesive and involved community, and bringing about tangible economic benefits to the city, region, or nation.

At a strategic level, good governance and able leadership play a vital role in a city's development. By setting clear visions and targets, policies, and key projects can achieve both beneficial and catalytic effects for the city as a whole, thereby benefittinga large sector of the population.

All submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Leadership & Governance
    Demonstration of strong leadership and governance through vision, foresight, and commitment to achieve the objectives of the urban transformation.

  2. Creativity & Innovation
    Creativity and innovation in the overall master planning / master strategy and implementation approach, to establish new models and benchmarks.

  3. Replicability
    Good replicable practices and ideas that can be adopted for the benefit of other cities.

  4. Impact of Urban Initiatives Implemented
    How the urban initiatives implemented have effected positive changes to the urban environment, local communities, and the people in general.

  5. Sustainability of the Transformation
    Institutionalised processes to sustain the city's urban transformation that will be unaffected by changes in the city's leadership; buy-in from local communities to achieve the city's vision.

  6. Integration of Plans
    Demonstration of successful integration or relation of plans at the regional / metropolitan level.