The Prize is a key highlight of World Cities Summit 2022, held in-person in Singapore after a two-year hiatus. On 1 August, city leaders from around the world gathered and celebrated the successes of the 2020 Prize Laureate – Vienna and 2020 Special Mentions – Antwerp, Boston and Lisbon, while also bringing together the jury members and past Laureates for a fruitful day of sharing and celebrations.
Starting the day with Alumni Breakfast
In the early morning on 1 August 2022, the Prize Laureates Vienna (represented by Mayor Dr Michael Ludwig) and Bilbao (represented by City Councillor, Ms Oihane Agirregoitia) were hosted at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Alumni Breakfast by Second Minister for National Development, Ms Indranee Rajah. The session is an exclusive ‘Laureate’s Club’, where the Prize Laureates share over breakfast what their cities have been doing since the award of the Prize. They were joined by the Prize Council and Nominating Committee members, Prize Sponsor Keppel Corporation and Organisers.
The meeting engaged in casual yet thought-provoking discussions on emerging issues ranging from age differences in the perception towards sustainability issues, challenges of cities in providing flexible work arrangements in a post-pandemic world, and how to encourage the shift towards sustainable transportation.
The breakfast was hosted by Second Minister for National Development, Ms Indranee Rajah (far end, second from right) © Damien Woon
Prize Secretary, Mr Larry Ng (second from left) © Damien Woon
Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Planner of Urban Redevelopment Authority, Ms Hwang Yu-Ning, with Nominating Committee member, Dr Chris Luebkeman © Damien Woon
Prize Secretariat member Ms Yap Lay Bee with Nominating Committee member, Prof Wulf Daseking © Damien Woon
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Continuing the sharing at the Prize Lecture & Forum
Later in the morning, Dr Cheong Koon Hean, Chair of the Prize Nominating Committee, delivered the opening address at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Lecture & Forum – a dedicated session for the 2020 Prize Laureate and Special Mentions to share their urban transformation stories.
The 2020 Prize Laureate Vienna was represented by Mayor & Governor Dr Michael Ludwig, while the 2020 Special Mentions Antwerp, Boston and Lisbon were represented by Mayor Bart De Wever, Mr Brian Golden (Director Emeritus of Boston Planning & Development Agency), and Ms Sofia Mourão (Municipal Director of Urbanism) respectively. The speakers then participated in a fruitful panel discussion moderated by Prof Marilyn Taylor and Mr Wong Mun Summ, members of the Prize Nominating Committee.
Group photo at the Prize Lecture & Forum 2022 © World Cities Summit
Dr Cheong Koon Hean delivering the opening address © World Cities Summit
Dr Michael Ludwig delivering his speech on Vienna’s transformation © World Cities Summit
Panel discussion with the speakers © World Cities Summit
Mayor of Vienna, Dr Michael Ludwig © World Cities Summit
Mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever © World Cities Summit
Director Emeritus of Boston Planning & Development Agency, Mr Brian Golden © World Cities Summit
Municipal Director of Urbanism, Lisbon, Sofia Mourão © World Cities Summit
Nominating Committee member Prof Marilyn Taylor co-moderating the Panel Discussion © World Cities Summit
Nominating Committee member Wong Mun Summ co-moderating the Panel Discussion © World Cities Summit
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Wrapping up the day at the Award Ceremony & Banquet @ The Istana
On the evening on 1 August 2022, some 110 guests had the privilege of attending the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Award Ceremony & Banquet, held for the very first time at The Istana. Guests at the prestigious gala dinner witnessed the presentation of the award to the 2020 Prize Laureate by President Halimah Yacob, and the presentation of certificates to the Special Mentions by Minister for National Development, Desmond Lee.
Guests were also treated to a performance by students from School of the Arts (SOTA) – ‘Gold from the Stars’ from the musical, ‘Mozart!’, a critically acclaimed musical originally produced in Austria.
Prize Secretary, Larry Ng © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
Minister for National Development Singapore, Desmond Lee © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
Group photo © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
Students from SOTA delivering the opening performance © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
Dr Cheong Koon Hean reading the citation for Vienna © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
The banquet hall at the Istana © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
Certifcate presentation to the 2020 Special Mentions © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
Award presentation to the 2020 Prize Laureate by President Halimah Yacob © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
Dr Michael Ludwig delivering his thank you speech © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
Group photo at the Grand Staircase of the Istana © Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore
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