Being sustainable is not enough: Towards regenerative urbanism

Towards regenerative urbanism

Chintan Raveshia Chintan Raveshia Associate Principal | Markets and Clients Leader – Singapore, Cities Business Leader, Southeast Asia
08 February 2021

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We have reached a point where simply ‘being sustainable’ in the way we live, work and consume, while keeping to current levels of rapid urbanisation and economic activity, is not going to help us avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Governments, city planners and designers need to band together in a collective and concerted effort – from the top-down and bottom-up – to rethink our design approach and work towards being restorative. One way is to  “stop building more roads for cars, and start designing streets for people,” says Chintan, a seemingly slight perception change that has a huge potential for positive economic, environmental and social impacts.

Chintan is an architect and an urban designer who is rethinking the future of our cities in this climate emergency era. He leads the Cities Planning + Design team at Arup for Southeast Asia. This talk was given at a TEDx event independently organized by TiE Singapore.