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INTRODUCTION 

According to the UN Habitat figures, population in urban areas in less developed countries will grow from 1.9 billion in 2000 to 3.9 billion in 2030. This surge in the numbers of dwellers will put a strain on the existing infrastructures, worsen living conditions, create unsanitary environments and carve out slums and disaster prone sites. The threat from unplanned, unbridled and uncoordinated urban development results is real and looms over many cities. Hence it becomes urgent for policy makers to manage urbanization as it occurs by implementing effective land-use management, providing reliable and affordable access to basic services, education, housing, transport and health. We need a collective effort in ensuring a viable future.

Activistar Advocacy believes that we can start shaping the sustainable development thinkers; motivating the innovators and inspiring the practitioners of the future through education for sustainability. This city planning competition will facilitate participants to understand what are the current and future challenges that the developing countries are experiencing under the pressure of rapid urbanization with the number of city dwellers and migrants swelling. They will appreciate the work of relevant authorities and leaders in managing the many interconnected tenets of urban development and planning.

This international township planning competition – The Young Mayor Competition - hopes to nurture youth leaders for a sustainable future.

Activistar's first Assembly Series of 5 cities (2011-2016) features Hanoi, Iskandar Malaysia, Yangon, Manila and Jakarta. These are populous epicentres of commerce, of historical significance, hold political legacies and significant in their own period. The second Assembly Series of the next 5 cities begins with Phnom Penh (2017), and will offer all participants a fresh look of South East Asia. 2018 will be on a rising small country very similar to Singapore and in fact shares a common currency also. Brunei Darussalam is a ancient seat of Malay archipelago and a British Protectorate, and now a sovereign independent nation. We will be conducting field trips and seminars on Brunei and engaging with governmental agencies too.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The selected case study for 2018 for Planning a Clean and Green City competition is "Brunei Darussalam". Targeted at youth leaders between 14 - 26 years old. We are inviting teams from the whole Southeast Asia, and especially students from the case-study country to participate. This is in line with our vision to reach out to as many youths as possible because the sustainability message is universal and is beyond borders. Also we want to encourage cross border exchanges among youths to increase knowledge and cultural exchange. Besides coaching in urban planning domains, we have added field trips to enhance the appreciation for Brunei Darussalam and to invite all our participating countries to visit Singapore to see some of the urban solutions that Singapore has already embraced as an urban laboratory. We will also organise field trips to Brunei throughout 2018.


Case study for The Young Mayor Competition 2018

“PLANNING A CLEAN AND GREEN CITY  
Brunei Darussalam”

Brunei Darussalam presents much opportunity for commerce and economic diversification in the new digital economy It's geographical location is very much in the centre of ASEAN. It shares a common currency with Singapore, has a sprawling oil and gas base and has a very educated population, well versed in international relations. With an abundance of land and resources, the country is well poised to take advantage of new economy innovations to plug into the global marketplace. It's capital, Bandar Seri Bagawan, is a charming city with low rise low intensity buildings and architectural gems. The waterfront also hosts the original housing settlement on water, dating back to the ancient times where the origins of the Malay age begun. This juxtaposition of the old and new in harmony is perfect setting for participants to rethink, dream and propose what the new world will bring all of us, starting with Brunei !


The questions you want to examine will be how to:

1. Revive its economic vitality and sustainability. Your team must illustrate some broad policy for this city which may aid in the economic agenda of generating growth for its citizens so as to raise the quality of life through employment, while undertaking the pressing needs for housing, transport, waste management, health, environment quality, commercial activities and other infrastructural requirements.

2. Attract residents, businesses and tourists back. Take into consideration any or all of the sustainability principles in terms of social, economic and environmental aspects. For instance the problem of vagrants and informal settlers, poorly managed traffic, transport and parking systems, floods, unusable sidewalks.

3. Formulate strategies and plans for implementation for this area. Propose a viable plan with unique ideas, timeline and resources needed. Taking into account legislative, cultural and financial status of the city. Given that the players and the pieces are in motion and ideas are plentiful and problems are surmounting, your proposal should also examine the probabilities of why it can or cannot be implemented, while illustrating a distinct visionary leadership qualities.

4. Undertake a scenario planning exercise in "visioning" what future conditions and events are probable, what their consequences or effects would be like and how to respond or benefit from them. Example: Taking into account new digital economy and population changes.

5. Suggest any ground-up initiatives and nation-building campaigns that can overcome issues of displacement, over-development and pollution. Suggest soft policies (i.e. ways to incentivise your approach)

Competition Question: 
Refer to Competition Details

When is the date line?
4th Quarter 2018

Where is the Competition Held?
Singapore/Brunei

What are the Prizes? 
















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