Urban Greening and Water Sustainability for Improved Urban Liveability - 25 & 26 APR 2023

Academics and researchers from National University of Singapore and Centre des Politiques de la Terre (CPT) (also known as the Center for Earth Politics) recently came together for a two-day workshop on Urban Greening and Water Sustainability for Improved Urban Liveability. Participants shared their research and experience, discussed challenges and solutions, and to explore collaborative approaches to urban greening and water sustainability.

The highlights of the program included the opportunity to visit two study sites; one at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, whereby Assoc. Prof. Sanjay Swarup and his research team have been conducting extensive studies to understand the role and functions of microbes in urban waterways;  and the other at the Tropical Technologies Laboratory (T² Lab) at Kent Vale, where Asst Prof. Ali Ghahramani and his team explore the integration of passive and active building systems to improve the living environment.

This two-day workshop aiming to foster innovations in science and technology with policy planning and in-depth understanding of the social sciences was jointly organised by NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI), Centre des Politiques de la Terre (CPT), and the Paris-NUS Program. In bringing together the expertise from NUS and CPT, the workshop tries to conclude with the potential collaborative approaches that meet the needs of dynamic and growing urban communities in Asian and European cities.

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Visit to study site at Bishan - Ang Mo Kio Park.
Visit to Tropical Technologies Laboratory (T² Lab) at Kent Vale.
Discussion session (from left): Mohamed Iqbal Shah Bin Abu Bakar, Prof. Hu Jiangyong, Prof. Wong Nyuk Hien and Dr. Alvaro Artigas.
Participants at the Workshop (from left – bottom row): Dr. Peter Kew,  Assoc. Prof. Alexandre Gélabert, Assoc. Prof. Sanjay Swarup,  Dr. Alvaro Artigas, Dr. Ooi Qi En and Mohamed Iqbal Shah Bin Abu Bakar; (from left – standing): Dr. Goh Shin Gek, Kelly Loh, Assoc. Prof Tong Yen Wah,  Nathalie Blanc, Prof. Hu Jiangyong, Dr. Mariana Losada, Assoc. Prof. Lefebvre Olivier Patrick and Dr. Maki Nakajima