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The placemaker

Public, open spaces are the heart and soul of a city - and should be part of its smart infrastructure, says Sean Chiao, President, Asia-Pacific, of AECOM, who's behind several award-winning urban redesign masterplans in the region.

"It's not about planting trees, it's really about understanding how this open space can create value for the longer term, and how to connect people to this open space, create character for this place." - Sean Chiao.

SCENIC Jinji Lake in the heart of China's Suzhou Industrial Park is a waterfront hub that's popular with visitors to the Chinese city.

In the 1990s, it was largely farmland - and Sean Chiao, who was involved in drawing up the lake's masterplan then as an urban design consultant,...

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