Yu-Ning Hwang, Group Director for Physical Planning, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore
Since 2009, Yu-Ning has been Group Director (Physical Planning) at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore’s national land use planning agency. Her current responsibilities include land use planning and the development of key new growth areas such as the Jurong Lake District, Kallang Riverside and Paya Lebar. Her group also developed a nation-wide leisure plan which aims to enhance the living environment by capitalising on Singapore’s unique identity and heightening the sense of greenery. Early in her career, she worked on key urban revitalisation projects such as the Singapore River and Tanjong Rhu. She subsequently had the opportunity to spearhead a benchmarking study of Singapore’s city centre against the world’s top cities. She has also been involved in reviewing the Concept Plan which maps out the long range strategic land use plan for Singapore and the Master Plan which translated the broad Concept Plan strategies into detailed plans to guide medium term physical development. She has also been seconded to the Ministry of National Development (MND) where her responsibilities include land use planning and development control policies, and the conservation of built heritage. She also oversaw land sales, property research, formulation of property market policies, and licensing of housing developers. During this stint, she was involved in major projects such as the evaluation of the integrated resort development at Sentosa. She was trained as an architect at the National University of Singapore and also holds a Master in Public Policy & Urban Planning from Harvard University.
David Kooris, Vice President, Regional Plan Association New York, USA
David Kooris is a Vice President at Regional Plan Association. Mr. Kooris currently manages several projects and research initiatives throughout the region that combine his background in urban design and sustainability with his devotion to the public process and climate action. In Connecticut, RPA's office led by Mr. Kooris coordinates the City of Bridgeport's comprehensive sustainability initiative, BGreen 2020, which is presently involving hundreds of community leaders, business owners, and city staff in a process to balance economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social equity for residents, workers, and visitors. This effort works to implement many of the concepts outlined in the Greater Bridgeport Carbon Emissions Reduction Strategy, a research project conducted by Mr. Kooris to identify land use and transportation policies for a low-carbon future for Bridgeport and the surrounding towns. Lessons learned from this and a comparable effort covering the Hartford region are being scaled up to the state level to clearly articulate the role that development and infrastructure have in meeting our emissions reduction targets. Working with the Town of Fairfield and several other municipalities and neighborhoods with active transit service throughout the state, Mr. Kooris is helping communities identify the appropriate scale and character of transit-oriented developments to meet both local and regional goals. In the Hudson Valley, Mr. Kooris manages RPA's component of a capacity building program for communities that will have expanded or new transit service following the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. This program, Creating Quality Communities Around Transit, is working with Rockland and Westchester Counties and eight individual municipalities to put the policies in place to reduce automobile dependency today while laying the foundation for the transit-oriented communities of the future along the I-287 corridor. Also at the sub-regional scale, he manages RPA's component of the Newburgh Area Transportation and Land Use Study, an effort to coordinate planning around the City of Newburgh and Stewart Airport to encourage economic development while ensuring the preservation of this scenic area and limiting carbon emissions. Mr. Kooris is just beginning his fifth year at RPA. He received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography from McGill University and a Master in City and Regional Planning and a Master Certificate in Urban Design from PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Stamford, CT with his wife Jessica.
Lawrence Barth, Professor, Housing and Urbanism Graduate School, Architectural Association, UK
Lawrence Barth is Professor in the Housing and Urbanism Programme at the Graduate School of the Architectural Association. His professional practice and core research interests bring architecture onto the terrain of contemporary urban strategy. Mr. Barth has also lectured in the Graduate School’s Landscape Urbanism Programme, developing the political and strategic component of its curriculum, and in 2004, he initiated the formation of a sustained research programme in architectural urbanism at the PhD level. Currently, Mr. Barth is coordinating a new research cluster he has developed at the school, entitled The Architecture of Innovation. This cluster integrates the architectural research of the Housing and Urbanism Programme into multi-disciplinary efforts to develop a dynamic urbanism for today’s knowledge economy. Mr. Barth works independently as a consultant urbanist for cities, design practices and research institutes. He has collaborated with diverse architects and landscape architects on large-scale urban projects, and has assumed the lead role in overseeing a multi-disciplinary refinement of the central district within the one-north Masterplan for a next-generation innovation environment in Singapore. He has published widely in architecture and sociology, and is a frequently invited lecturer and critic on the role of architecture and landscape in the contemporary urban process. He participates in an international research network on the growth of global mega-cities and the urban transformations associated with the knowledge economy. He is a member of the Governing Board of INTA the International Urban Development Association and a member of the UK’s Academy of Urbanism and on the advisory panel of MITKE, a European research network on the sustainable intensification of industrial territories.
Paul Gerretsen, Agent, Association Deltametropolis, The Netherlands
Paul Gerretsen is chief designer in the fields of regional planning, urban planning and architecture. He has studied at the renowned Universities TU Delft and ETH Zurich. He graduated with honourable mention in 1999 at the TU Delft as Master of Architecture. After his education he has been employed by the Dutch National Spatial Planning Agency where he has been involved in studies for the development of strategic regional planning. From 2003 Paul Gerretsen has worked at Maxwan Architects and Urbanists on both urban and regional planning projects. He has been the project leader of the prestigious Barking Riverside Master Plan, a new town for 25’000 people in East-London and the regional project “Deltametropool”, a study on the future of the Randstad Region in the Netherlands, housing 7 million inhabitants. Between 2005 and 2007 Paul Gerretsen was appointed Director of the South Wing Studio for Research and Design of the Province South-Holland. In this function he was responsible for projects and publications considering topics such as the Network City, Accessibility and Mixed-Use Areas. Since 2001 he teaches and lectured at numerous schools and universities most prominently at Delft University of Technology and Technische Universität München. From 2008 onwards he is appointed director of the Deltametropolis Association. The Deltametropolis Association is a members association that focuses on the development of the Randstad area, consists of the metropolitan area around the four major cities of the Netherlands. Members are government institutions, non- governmental pressure groups, companies and private persons.
Taichi Goto, Principal, Fukuoka Urban Laboratory LLC, Japan
Having worked as urban designer and planner with a Japanese general contractor Kajima in Tokyo, and at the regional government in Portland, Oregon USA, he moved to Fukuoka in 2003. Since then his practice has focused upon city centerregeneration as a project coordinator for public private partnership. His major area of interest is in city or town management, creative economy, city marketing, urban design, project development and inter-regional collaboration. Besides his professional practice, he is active in education with regular and ad-hoc teaching activities with local universities. He is a registered architect of Japan and certified planner of the US (AICP).
Michel Sudarskis, Secretary General, INTA
Michel Sudarskis began his career in the regional department of the Ministry of Finance, in charge of the regional economic policy of the Paris Region. Then he moved to Milan to the International Institute for the Management of Technology (IIMT) responsible for the transfer policy for urban development. For over ten years Michel Sudarskis managed the civilian programmes of cooperation on scientific, environmental and challenges of modern society (CCMS) at NATO in Brussels. As Secretary General of the International Urban Development Association (INTA) in The Hague, he was responsible for the development of the exchange programmes and transfer of know-how in the many fields of urban development: new towns, urban renewal, mobility strategies metropolitan clusters, creativity and city innovation, housing and urban services, sustainable urbanism, renovation of historic centres, tourism and leisure as levers for development and urban integration, etc. Michel Sudarskis has a PhD in Political Sciences and a MS in International Economics; he received numerous academic awards in statistics and economics.
Line Algoed, Director for Development
Line is Director for Development at INTA, responsible for strategy related to membership and communication. She animates INTA’s Communities of Competence on Workspace Urbanism and Metropolitan Development bringing together practitioners to build new understandings on urban development in the innovation economy with specific attention to the changing patterns of workspace and the impact on the development of metropolitan areas. Background in urban anthropology with interest in people-centered urban development, community participation, urban inequalities and social infrastructure. Before joining INTA in 2006, Line worked as a Research Assistant at Leiden University, Netherlands on a programme to stimulate interdisciplinary teaching and research related to human mobility and pluriculturalism. She is a Board member of Inspiring Cities, an international network with focus on urban culture and urban anthropology.