Lee Kuan Yew and the Physical Transformation of Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew once described the opportunity to remake Singapore as ‘a chance of a lifetime’. This book explores Lee’s pivotal role in Singapore’s urban development during his years as prime minister from 1959 to 1990. A Chance of a Lifetime recognises Lee’s achievements from the standpoint of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence and looks forward to challenges that the city-state might encounter over the next 50 years, The book is broken up into the four main components of Singapore’s urban development: planning, housing, greening and water management. Each of these factors has been key in helping create modern Singapore. There is also a chapter that discusses the transformational challenges for Singapore, and the world, over the next 50 years. Singapore’s small land size and lack of hinterland meant that it had to strategise to solve issues that other countries are only starting to face now, making Singapore a leader in areas such as vertical greenery and water reclamation. Featuring the Centre for Liveable Cities 2012 interview with Lee and rarely seen archival images of Singapore’s transformation from mudflat to metropolis, A Chance of a Lifetime opens with an introduction by former president S R Nathan and closes with an epilogue by Ambassador Tommy Koh.
Editions Didier Millet
Editions Didier Millet (EDM) was founded in 1989 in Paris by Didier Millet. He opened a branch of EDM in Singapore in 1990, which soon established itself as the headquarters and centre of the business. Today, EDM has offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. We also work closely with our sister company, Les Editions du Pacifique, based in Paris.
The company currently employs 20 staff members: 10 in Singapore, six in Kuala Lumpur, and four in Bangkok. These are predominantly editors and graphic designers with staff also working in sales, marketing, production and accounts.
EDM enjoys an international reputation for our high-quality books, and publishes approximately 30 new titles per annum in print form, and around 15 ebooks. We have published over 500 titles in total, of which some 130 are currently in print, comprising mainly general illustrated and reference titles for the adult trade market. The chief subject areas are travel, history, natural history, art, architecture, cookery and lifestyle. The books are mainly about Southeast Asia, but not exclusively so, and many of our titles have become standard reference sources for art and culture enthusiasts as well as travellers.
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