Brief – 28 September – The Sustainable Cities Conference 2010 has commenced in Singapore with global urban sustainability experts from around the world speaking at the event until 30 September.

Speaking from Singapore, Parsons Brinckerhoff director of sustainability Darren Bilsborough, whose presentation is titled “Green Urbanism and its application to Singapore”, said green urbanism is both a challenge and an opportunity.

“There is also a growing market in Asia – in this region over the next 25 years more than half of the population is expected to live in cities.

“For these cities to protect their populations against global climate change concerns, green will have to become the new black.

“No one city has done it all – Singapore has shown leadership in the Asian region – but there’s still work to do,” said Mr Bilsborough.

Other speakers at the conference include: Sufian Abdullah, head of the Research & Development Innovation Group at Malaysia’s Sime Darby Property Bhd; Andrew Bell, director of Plenary Group Singapore; Professor Phillip Jones,  chair of Architectural Science and director of Architectural Science Research at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University; William Lau, president of the Singapore Institute of Planners; Dr Willfried Wienholt, vice-president Urban Development, Siemens One, Siemens AG, Germany.

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