UCLG-ASPAC Congress focuses on embedding design into city governance

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Last week in Taipei, 3-6 September, about 100 participants from Asia-Pacific gathered for the 5th UCLG ASPAC Congress with the theme “An adaptive city—embedding design into city governance.”

The Congress focused on place-making and transforming urban spaces by integrating design into city development by infusing creativity into city services and facilities to meet not only technical and commercial requirements, but human and aesthetic needs as well. The emphasis was on design as an experience, outcome, and process. The photo shows (L-R) Manfred Neun, President, World Cycling Alliance; Ching-Yu Yao, Taipei City Government Deputy Executive Secretary, International Affairs Advisory Council;
Bernadia Tjandradewi, Secretary General, UCLG-ASPAC; and Bernhard Dohle, CDIA Program Coordinator.

The theme springs from Taipei’s designation as 2016 World Design Capital. Best practices presented include involving city residents in designing public spaces such as parks and creating meal-sharing sites for the elderly (Taipei), converting excess car parks and roads for other uses and free wifi across the city (Adelaide, Australia), SMART city applications for enhancing transport systems (Seoul, South Korea), greening (Hamamatsu, Japan), promoting cycling, and heritage conservation (Stirling, UK).

UCLG ASPAC is a strategic partner of CDIA since the latter was established in 2007. In June this year at the Word Cities Summit in Singapore, the two inked a supplementary agreement. With UCLG ASPAC’s new Secretary General, the organization is rethinking its goals and strategies for the next 5 years. Although the mandate remains the same, it is re-programming its priorities to meet current trends and it has pin-pointed special sectors to work on such as gender equity, climate change, disaster risk reduction, etc.

The collaboration with CDIA has been highlighted during the Members’ Strategic Planning Session attended by Joy Bailey, CDIA’s Regional Networking Specialist. CDIA also shared its Strategy and Business Plan and approaches in managing its programs. At the high-level session on Localizing Post 2015 Agenda, Dr. Bernhard Dohle, CDIA-GIZ Program Coordinator served as Resource Person.

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