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Title:Learning from Singapore: Sustainable Water Planning in a Global City
Author(s):Timm, Stephanie
Subject(s):Urban Planning and Architecture
Abstract:I snapped this photo at the edge of Marina Reservoir near Singapores downtown core. Perhaps you might know Singapore for its unique architecture (there's nothing subtle about that Marina Bay Sands building on the left), or its shopping, or maybe its numerous financial institutions? But I, along with many of my fellow urban planners, know Singapore for its water or lack thereof. In fact, I am so fascinated by Singapore's water story that I am spending an entire 9-months on a Fulbright scholarship researching how their water conservation planning strategies could be used as a model for other cities around the world including my own hometown in California. Singapore's combination of innovative reclaimed water plants, charmingly dubbed NEWater, and their brilliant behavior change campaigns have lead to a 14-liter per capita savings over the past 10 years. But how, in the face of many potential cultural barriers, can foreign cities get similar successful results? Can a city really continue to grow in the face of their most limited life-sustaining resource?
Issue Date:2015-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Stephanie Timm
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-29

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