Minister Khaw Boon Wan pays tribute to famed urban planner

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Friday paid tribute in a blogpost to renowned urban planner Sir Peter Hall who helped to shape Singapore's urban landscape. -- PHOTO: BLOG OF KHAW BOON WAN 
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Friday paid tribute in a blogpost to renowned urban planner Sir Peter Hall who helped to shape Singapore's urban landscape. -- PHOTO: BLOG OF KHAW BOON WAN 

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Friday paid tribute in a blogpost to renowned urban planner Sir Peter Hall, who helped to shape Singapore's urban landscape.

Sir Peter, who was a leading British academic, died on July 31. He was 82. In many of this academic writings, Sir Peter had pushed for centrally-coordinated planning based around new towns and garden cities, as opposed to a "featureless urban sprawl".

"Sir Peter was well-known for his sharp mind and expertise in urban theory and practice," wrote Mr Khaw.

Sir Peter was a Nominating Committee member of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and had also been a member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) International Panel of Experts from 2001 to 2013. The panel advises the URA on urban planning strategies.