Cooperation agreement signed in Singapore
During a dinner at the Danish Embassy in Singapore on 3 June 2014, the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) signed a cooperation agreement, which will help expand the international scope and network of both centres. For quite some time, the parties have enjoyed an effective working relationship, which will now be further enhanced. The agreement prepares the ground for exchange visits, joint events, publications etc.
There were broad smiles and a positive atmosphere, when the Danish Ambassador to Singapore, Berit Basse, welcomed guests to the Ambassador's residence to celebrate the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Danish Architecture Centre and the Centre for Liveable Cities. Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities, and Mette Kynne Frandsen, Vice Chairperson of DAC's Board, signed the cooperation agreement, while the Danish Export Association and DAC's team of city managers from the Strategic Urban Management programme attended the reception, the latter as part of a professional research trip to Singapore. Kirsten Grosbøl, Minister for the Environment, was the event's guest of honour. In her speech she expressed her great enthusiasm for the partnership:
"An important foundation stone is the creation of green growth and the establishment of strong partnerships and collaborations between relevant authorities, private stakeholders and citizens. That is why I consider it a pleasure to witness this signing of the cooperation agreement between the Danish Architecture Centre and the Centre for Liveable Cities. It paints an encouraging picture for the future of green growth in Denmark, Singapore and Southeast Asia."
Kirsten Grosbøl, Minister for the Environment
The cooperation agreement is a so-called "Memorandum of Understanding", in which DAC and the Centre for Liveable Cities formalise the nature of their cooperation in the future. The agreement includes mutual support in terms of exchanging strategic urban management courses, events and publications. The parties will also be able to use each other's international network and share knowledge, for example by means of open symposia or internal seminars.
"Denmark and Singapore are two small countries, but they are both absolute leaders, when it comes to creating sustainable towns and cities, which are worth living in, and which can inspire other towns and cities throughout the world. This agreement strengthens the positive relationship between the Centre for Liveable Cities and the Danish Architecture Centre, and I am delighted that we can continue to share knowledge and work together in the years to come."
Flemming Borreskov, Chairman of the Board, Danish Architecture Centre
Both the DAC and the Centre for Liveable Cities have programmes in strategic urban management. CLC have their Leaders in Urban Governance Programme, while DAC are currently running three courses in Strategic Urban Managementfor city managers. The agreement states that the parties will continue to make use of each other, for example for research trips in Denmark and Singapore in connection with these programmes.
"We look forward to continuing our cooperation in the successful exchange programme for Singaporean and Danish directors of planning, which we launched last year. The programme has helped in the exchange of valuable knowledge between our respective countries, and this has created a common understanding. It has also created some strong friendships among those taking part in the strategic urban planning programmes."
Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities
The Centre for Liveable Cities is a well-reputed centre in Singapore, which is concerned with how we create positive towns and cities. The centre was established in 2008 by the "Ministry of National Development" and the "Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources" in Singapore. The mission of the Centre for Liveable Cities is to generate and share knowledge about human and sustainable towns and cities via three focus areas: research, education and the promotion of sustainable solutions.
See some of the urban developments achieved in Singapore:
Photo: Danish Architecture Centre
Last updated Wednesday, June 25, 2014