Expert reacts to joint planning initiative launched by Abu Dhabi and Singapore / by rachel

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to gain and share first-hand experience on urban planning strategies, methods and best practices. The MoU formally sets out a framework for the exchange of information and experience between the UPC and URA and under the agreement both parties will collaborate to create benchmark urban planning policies and initiatives that are closely integrated with land use, infrastructure and transportation solutions.

Ed Baker, Singapore-based Director of Masterplanning at global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, said: “Abu Dhabi and Singapore are dynamic regional hubs that play an increasingly important role in the global economy.

“Both continue to recognise the importance of good sustainable planning through ongoing investment in urban planning initiatives that set an example and lead the way for other global cities. The latest initiative is particularly marked at time when many countries are talking about austerity measures and cutting back on investment in the built environment.

“With long-standing bases in both Abu Dhabi and Singapore, and an active partnering role in major strategic projects of the kind that are helping to deliver long-term visions such as Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, our world-class team of masterplanners and planners welcomes news of the MoU, supports its progressive agenda and looks forward to helping deliver on its aims.”

In February the practice’s masterplan for a new 680 hectare waterfront community of up to 55,000 inhabitants on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, delivered for client Aldar PJSC, was approved by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.

 
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