ORGANISER'S MESSAGE

Cities of Love was formed in Singapore in August 2010, by Mr. Tai Lee Siang and Ms. Valerie Ang, out of a passion to transform lives, environments, and societies. They believe that everyone has the capability to bring change – people are change agents.  Cities of Love is instrumental in creating opportunities in accumulating and showcasing holistic. Cities of Love hopes to be a vehicle of change through holistic creations that promote sustainable living. Its long-term vision is to develop a basket of diverse creative projects that could include products, publications, multi-media productions, and even gastronomic experiences. Curating and introducing innovations with Paradigm shifts that are sustainable as well as economically viable are crucial to progressive, qualitative changes. Relevant solutions can then contribute to the well-being and health of our communities, our societies, our cities, therefore, our Earth. These are arms of love extended to the communities. The cumulative impact of everyone’s contributions is phenomenal, resulting in harmonious and quality living. 

Awards for sustainability are often given to more prominent figures such as government agencies corporations or business leaders who have helped to implement large-scale transformational projects. While their impacts are applaudable and desirable, we must seek out and recognize the contributions of individuals or smaller organizations. Cities of Love Award or COLA is, birthed as an award to recognize the efforts made by the ordinary person or enterprises. Innovative solutions that enhance one’s quality of life, work or play contribute to the love and care for the communities.”

For us, your project is neither too small nor insignificant. So, if your actions have made a positive impact in any way, you deserve to be recognized and be acknowledged for your efforts.  Come take part in this Cities of Love Award. Your contribution is important. You deserve to be celebrated.”

OUR MANAGEMENT

Tai Lee Siang

FOUNDER/Director
Cities of Love Awards

“I am passionate about social transformation for the betterment of our society and world.”

Specialist Areas:
Thought leadership, public speaking, organisational strategy

Valerie Ang

FOUNDER/Director
Cities of Love Awards

“My passion lies in helping people fully develop their potential, free from any constraints.”

Specialist Areas:
Art direction, ideation, personalised learning

DR. Terrence Tan Chun Liang

Ambassador
Cities of Love Awards

“I believe in bringing the fun back into learning”

Specialist Areas:
Urban greenery research and design

Candy Tan

Marketing Director
Cities of Love Awards

“I believe in taking project with good cause and contributes to a good life for everyone.”

Specialist Areas:
Business Development, Marketing, Business Administration, Events Management

CITIES OF LOVE BOOK

Cities of Love

12 Ingredients for Sustainable Cities

What you love, you will sustain.

 

Cities of Love is a book about why and how people should love and sustain their cities.

Earth’s environmental problems are far from being resolved. A large part of these are due to ever-growing cities. Despite more efforts are made to improve cities, it has been difficult to change cities.

One of the fundamental reasons is that people are not motivated to help change their cities. Apathy is now the number one obstacle to positive change. There is hope and Love is the antidote.

Here are 12 ingredients we believe are vital for building sustainable cities.

Family-Oriented City

Ingredient #01

01: Family-Oriented City

 

Just how much are families considered in the planning of our cities?

“THERE MAY BE NO ROOM FOR US TO LOVE OUR CITIES IF WE ARE UNABLE TO EXERCISE THE SIMPLEST FORM OF LOVE FOR OUR FAMILIES.”

Cities should refocus to put family first as a planning priority

Creation of job opportunities within residential enclave

Every city must have a living room for the entire city

Less Car City

Ingredient #02

02: Less Car City

 

Is there any hope for the future of public transport?

“CARS MAY BE KEPT FOR THE OCCASIONAL EXCURSION TO THE COUNTRYSIDE.”

 

Cities planned for public transport free themselves from car congestion

Fill all roads with public transport & return space to people

Roads free from traffic can be enjoyed by all citizens

Garden City

Ingredient #03

03: Garden City

 

Is there a golden ratio for the relationship between Man & Nature?

“IF WE WANT TO APPRECIATE THE GARDENS IN OUR CITIES, WE MUST LEARN TO APPRECIATE NATURE.”

Recognising the role of nature in city is an important first step

Entitle all citizens to minimum ratio of 8 sqm green space per person

Balance of nature and built environment create beautiful cities

Interactive City

Ingredient #04

04: Interactive City

 

Is your city a place that encourages people to interact?

“WE BELIEVE THAT THE GREATEST INTERACTION THAT A CITY CAN GIVE TO ITS CITIZENS IS A CONVERSATION ABOUT ITS LEGACY.”

Chairs are essential for interaction in the city

Let people sit in the city and talk about their city

Cities that encourage interaction help people learn to love

Innovative City

Ingredient #05

05: Innovative City

 

How can we create an environment that encourages innovation?

“INNOVATION DOES NOT NEED CAPITAL BUT CAPITAL CERTAINLY NEEDS INNOVATION.”

Planning our homes to be used for innovation rather than TV

Cities must be filled with innovation from the streets to the living room

Creating an atmosphere that stimulates innovation in the city

Shopping City

Ingredient #06

06: Shopping City

 

How is shopping vital for a sustainable future?

“SO BY SUPPORTING OUR RETAIL BUSINESSES, WE ARE SUPPORTING OUR OWN ECONOMY.”

Shopping is part of a circular economy that stimulates growth

Shopping is an essential part of family life in cities

Shopping is an essential part of city life but must be made enjoyable

Sporty & Healthy City

Ingredient #07

07: Sporty & Healthy City

 

What can ordinary citizens do to keep themselves healthy in a city?

“THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO EXERCISE IN THE CITY IF WE CONSIDER WALKING INSTEAD OF DRIVING.”

Cycling is a practical healthy life style in cities

Sports facilities are increasingly being brought closer to city centres

Edible City

Ingredient #08

08: Edible City

 

How can we manage our food supply in a sustainable manner?

“IT IS QUITE EXCITING JUST TO THINK ABOUT FRESH PRODUCE BEING EASILY AVAILABLE TO ALL CITY HOUSEHOLDS.”

Cities must increasingly provide for its own food supply

Innovation can overcome space constraints for agriculture

Farming should be integrated into future cities

Smart Device City

Ingredient #09

09: Smart Device City

 

Is Mankind really becoming smarter because of smart technologies?

“THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE EXCHANGE BETWEEN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY UNTIL NOW.”

Smart cities lie in the hands of smart people using simple devices

More buildings must adopt net zero approach

Ultimately, smart cities depend on smart people

Happy City

Ingredient #10

10: Happy City

 

How can cities be happy?

“A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE FIND THEIR SELF-WORTH AND MEANING IN LIFE.”

A lovely city is where people have a sense of humour

Cities must create an atmosphere of joy and happiness

Basking and performance helps to achieve a festive atmosphere

City of Hope & Honour

Ingredient #11

11: City of Hope & Honour

 

Why do we not always find hope and honour in modern cities?

“THERE IS MORE IN SOCIETY THAT WE NEED TO HONOUR APART FROM OUR LEADERS.”

Cities must increasingly provide for its own food supply

Cities must honour their founding fathers and heroes

Developing a diverse and inclusive culture is essential

City of Romance

Ingredient #12

12: City of Romance

 

What makes a city romantic?

“WE BELIEVE THAT IT TAKES A ROMANTIC PEOPLE TO MAKE A ROMANTIC CITY.”

Cities of love must be cities of romantic atmosphere

An icon of romanticism increases the romantic X-factor of a city

Preserving nature helps create a loving atmosphere

CONTACT US
















Need any help or have some feedback you'd like to share?

Just fill up the form and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

Freeman Link

136 Joo Seng Road #01-01
Singapore 368360
Email: candy-tan@citiesoflove.org
Contact: +65 97579830

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Government Agencies

Private Companies

Associations

Educational Institutions

OFFICAL MAGAZINE PARTNERS

MEDIA PARTNERS

IN SUPPORT OF

For sponsorship or submission enquiries:
please get in touch with Candy at +65 97459830 or
candy-tan@citiesoflove.org
Candy Tan
Business Administration