Due to rapid urbanisation, governments will need to focus on public transport infrastructure to improve quality of life - this is where TODs will have a dramatic impact on shaping cites.
How will TOD impact our future cities?
Cities globally are competing to attract the best talent and overall quality-of-life is one of the key attractions for talent when considering where to be based.
Cities like Singapore have successfully utilised investment in high quality of public transport infrastructure to achieve high standards of living and become global business hubs.
In the future, due to rapid urbanisation (especially in Asia), governments will need to focus on public transport infrastructure to improve quality of life for their people and this is where TODs will have a dramatic impact on shaping cites.
What are the main challenges facing planners given the increasing pressure on capacity and increasing number of people in cities?
Balancing density and liveability is the biggest challenge facing urban planners in Asia.
Singapore has been a global benchmark in creating a liveable, high density city. This has been possible due to the long-range planning process that Singapore undertakes where land use and transport planning go in sync.
Another urban planning challenge is housing affordability. This challenge is faced not only in Asia but globally. Again, Singapore has succeeded in developing high quality and affordable housing towns across the city. One of the areas that Singapore is pioneering is the inclusion of affordable housing blocks within TODs.