The winners of the 2020 Asian Townscape Awards was recently announced, and the “Water Cycle System & Sponge City Concept” of Country Garden Forest City has again won the 2020 Asian Townscape Jury Award, demonstrating the international community’s great appreciation of Forest City’s efforts towards sustainable ecological development.
The organisers had announced a list of winners in a virtual format since its debut.
Atsushi Koresawa, Director of the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Fukuoka, Japan, said he was deeply impressed by the high standards of all applications in 2020. “All of them have demonstrated people-centered and sustainable-driven approaches to improving the quality of the environment in their neighbourhoods and communities,” he said.
Forest City has celebrated its 5th anniversary since its launch in 2015 and the company has undergone its business transformation from a city developer to a city operator since then. It’s now on its way to developing Forest City into an environmentally friendly and multicultural integrated city.
As a proponent of Sponge City, Forest City has built 4 sewage treatment plants with a total capacity of approximately 170,400 P.E. Following an advanced ecological sewage treatment system and a wetland treatment system, the quality of the effluent is able to meet the CLASSIIB standard, which is higher than the discharge standard in Malaysia.
Sato Masaru, Chairman of the ATA Judgment Committee, said the Judgment Difficulty Level was the highest in 2020, so the Committee adopted a two-dimensional Judgment Standard, evaluating submissions on a physical scale as well as on a time scale. “All cases had important themes and made excellent efforts and I believe that we are doing what is necessary and valuable for all Asian countries and the next era.”
The Asian Townscape Awards were jointly established by the Asia Pacific Office of UN-HABITAT, the Asian Habitat Society, the Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Centre and the Asian Townscape Design Society in 2010. 118 cities or projects in 12 countries or regions have won the Asian Townscape Awards of the year after 11 years of development.