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Date : 2019-06-17        Source : New Taipei City Government
New Taipei City Participates in the Panel Discussion on the Future of Asian Cities
New Taipei City Participates in the Panel Discussion on the Future of Asian Cities: Focusing on Urban Technology and Planning in 21st Century Asia

【New Taipei City News】 On the evening of June 14, 2019, a panel discussion on the Future of Asian Cities was held at Hilton Singapore, where 150 city representatives, corporations, and youth leaders from 15 countries gathered to discuss shared issues of Asian cities. The panel discussion was hosted by Professor Weiping Wu, Director of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and speakers invited to the event were Ken Lee, Deputy Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore Ministry of National Development, John Powers, Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, and Hui Min Chan, Director at the DP Architects to share their professional viewpoints. The New Taipei City Government (hereafter referred to as the City Government) was also invited to share its experience and future insights on promoting urban planning and sustainable development. On its behalf, Chingyu Yao, Director General at the Secretariat, held a presentation in English and exchanged insights with other invited speakers and participating experts. Additionally, the opening speech of the event was delivered by Donna H. MacPhee, Deputy Director of the Columbia Alumni Association.

The panel discussion was coheld by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Columbia Alumni Association, with the theme being Urban Technology and Planning in 21st Century Asia. Director Wu stated that according to a United Nations report, approximately 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas; in 2050, the figure is expected to increase to 68%, out of which Asian cities would exhibit the fastest population growth. Therefore, this panel discussed how Asian cities should apply infrastructures, urban planning, and innovative technology to address issues derived from rapid population growth.
 
Director Yao suggested in her presentation that the New Taipei City’s population had reached four million residents and had become the largest city in Taiwan. In face of current technology and innovation progress, the city’s Mayor Hou Yu-Ih adhered to his original governance goals of addressing basic citizen needs, establishing trust with citizens, and providing citizens with a city to live and work peacefully in. During the panel discussion, the example of how the City Government solved its noise pollution problem, specifically noise pollution caused by scooters, was proposed. The example explained how the City Government successfully reduced the number of noise complaints in the city by 90% over the last year through engagement of the city’s Transportation Department, Police Department, and Environmental Protection Department. Big data was used to identify noise pollution hotspots, artificial intelligence was employed to construct a recognition system, and each police station was ordered to check the fine status of vehicles at their random checkpoints. Accordingly, smart cities should be centered on using human-oriented technology applications to solve citizen problems. Finally, Director Yao called for sustainable urban development and argued that the key lies in coordinating governance goals and local government policies. Furthermore, the City Government stated that it would release a Voluntary Local Review on its implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in July 2019, which would make it the first city in Taiwan to do so.

Before the panel discussion, Director Yao visited Mr. Dinesh Naidu, Deputy Director at Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities, to express gratitude to the center for providing support to the City Government’s participation in the World City Summit and reporting the City Government’s urban sustainability policies in its publications (e.g. Urban Solutions and Age Friendly Cities). Additionally, Director Yao exchanged insights with the center regarding youth development, the format of participation in future World City Summits, and future collaborations. Subsequently, Director Yao visited Yimin Zhao, senior researcher at the Strategic Planning Division, Singapore Ministry of National Development to receive his presentation on urban planning and cross-division collaboration modes in Singapore. During the presentation, the Ministry expressed willingness to exchange and work with New Taipei City on the development of autonomous and electric cars as well as issues of long-term care and childcare. The City Government also visited the Google headquarters in Singapore.
 
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