Arc. Gaetan Siew
Arc. Gaetan Siew has been appointed by the UK Government as Non-Executive Director on the Board of Future Cities Catapult, UK, chaired by Sir David King, Special Representative on Climate Change, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. A Professor at the Cambridge University and previously Government Chief Scientific Advisor, he is the only Architect and non-UK citizen, to occupy such office.
Please join me in congratulating our honorable member for this wonderful achievement and the new height he is carrying our profession into. We wish him all the best and much more success in his new office.
The Future Cities Catapult is a global centre of excellence on urban innovation. A place where businesses, universities and urban leaders come together to develop solutions to the future needs of cities:-
- Enabling platforms for urban innovation and instrumenting the city; essentially, the infrastructure (hard and soft) that needs to be in place for a city to be smart. This will include open data platforms and policies, networks of sensors and urban laboratories.
- Spotting and supporting breakthrough ideas by working with start-ups and the academia to spot the innovations which can be supported, scaled and applied in the city context. This will include challenge competitions, match-making and providing business support.
- Testing and proving new approaches through a Cities Lab and Pilot projects, proving the value of applying 21st Century
- approaches to city problems. This will include urban big data, rapid prototyping, and city pilots.
- Unlocking finance and developing investable propositions. There is no shortage of money available for investment; there is
- shortage of opportunities in cities and yet the resources are not flowing. This will include working with the finance community on innovative financing mechanisms as well as working with cities on investable propositions.
We are partnering with Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Schneider and other cities such as New York, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Moscow.
Dear Colleagues and Members,
With support of partners and cities, the most used and widely appreciated handbook “How To Make Cities More Resilient: A Handbook For Local Government Leaders” is now available in multiple languages.This handbook provides Mayors, Governors, Councillors and other Local Government Leaders a generic framework for risk reduction and points to good practices and tools that are already being applied in different cities for that purpose. It discusses why building disaster resilience is beneficial; what kind of strategies and actions are required; and how to go about the tasks. It offers practical guidance to understand and take action on the “Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient” as set out in the global campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” to which 1678 cities are now participating.
You can download the handbook, from the following links –
The international competition for young Architects in Africa opened on 13th October 2013 and closed for registration on 15th March 2014. Winning entries will be exhibited at CA’ASI during the International Architecture Biennale, holding from 7th June – 23rd November 2014.
This competition is a unique opportunity to showcase the important role played by Africa today, as seen through its contemporary Architecture. An international jury will meet in Paris at the end of March, to select the winners and runners-up.
The awards ceremony will hold in Venice where the winners will be invited to present their projects at CA’ASI, during the 14th International Architecture Biennale, including the exhibition during the event.
For more information, follow link: http://www.ca-asi.com/expo_fiche.php?fiche=8&langue=fr