106, 2014

World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Urban Development: How Cities Innovate in a Time of Risk and Crisis

Organised by the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Urban Development, this session gathers thought leaders on urbanization and cities. Specifically, the session looks at various innovative approaches cities have taken in times of risk and crisis. Mega-disasters, pandemics and urban decay are among some of the topics discussed. This is a co-located event at the World Cities Summit 2014 “Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Common Challenges, Shared Solutions”, 1-4 June 2014. [...]

1809, 2013

Lee Kuan Yew and the Physical Transformation of Singapore

The Lee Kuan Yew and the Physical Transformation of Singapore Conference will share with Singaporeans and others, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s role in the spatial development issues of Singapore. These issues include city planning, housing, greening, and our water strategy. Pioneers, leaders and decision makers who have contributed to building Singapore’s innovations in these areas will be sharing their experience as speakers, respondents and moderators. The Conference will end with a session on the future transformational challenges of Singapore. It will give everyone a deeper appreciation of Mr Lee’s contributions, and also the decisions and considerations that have made Singapore successful in these urban areas. It will be a fitting celebration of Mr Lee on the occasion of his 90th birthday. [...]

2401, 2017

International Roundtable on the Future of the Economy

On 24-25 January 2017, the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) held the International Roundtable on the Future of the Economy at Regent Hotel, Singapore. Eminent local and overseas academics, top government officials, business leaders, institution and union representatives participated in the one-and-a-half day Roundtable. Minister Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Second Minister for Defence, gave the opening remarks, followed by a time of Q&A with the distinguished Roundtable participants and attendees... [...]

3103, 2016

Roundtable: The Future Cities Research Agenda by Prof Michael Batty

By the end of this century most people will be living in cities of one kind or another and the planet will be effectively urbanised. It is likely too that the world’s population will have slowed in terms of its growth and that it could well stabilise at around 10 billion persons. In such a future [...]

911, 2015

Cities Roundtable 2015

Co-hosted by Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKY CIC), the Cities Roundtable 2015 gathers different players from public sector and academic and provides a platform for the sharing of research works and networking. [...]

307, 2014

The Roundtable Discussion: Unlocking the Opportunity of the Sharing Economy in Singapore

The sharing economy enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in goods and services such as spaces, homes and cars. It plays an important role in supporting jobs, fostering innovation and benefits families in Singapore as resources are used more efficiently and individuals earn supplemental income. It also has sustainability benefits as it reduces waste and distributes economic gains throughout local communities. Sharing activities benefit society by facilitating human interaction and strengthening communities. What role does the sharing economy have in Singapore’s economy and society? How can Singapore foster the sharing economy while applying modern regulation to sharing activities? [...]

1703, 2014

The Roundtable Discussion: Managing Diversity

Urban planners have become increasingly attentive to planning for diversity and inclusiveness. They have defined diversity in terms of uses of urban areas (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.), of building typologies (high rise, low rise, compact, etc.), and of social groupings (by class, education, ethnicity, and sexual preference). Their concern has merged with general philosophical commitments to recognition of others who are different. The aim of inclusiveness leads to difficult practical dilemmas: Can genuine diversity be planned? Do market processes produce greater or less diversity? Does diversity lead to greater tolerance or to identity politics? Singapore’s land use planning and ethnic integration policies and the status of foreign workers will be examined in relation to these questions. [...]

2802, 2014

The Roundtable Discussion: The Effects of Transport Infrastructure Changes: A General Equilibrium Perspective

The direct impact of local public goods (like transport infrastructure) on welfare is relatively easy to establish. However, the indirect effects on modal split, location choice, land use, and agglomeration are hard to pin down. Land prices provide useful tool. We develop a general equilibrium model for the valuation of these effects. The model is estimated using data on wages, transport infrastructure, commuting behavior, land use and land rents for 3000 Zip-codes in The Netherlands. The standard multinomial logit model is extended by a translog cost function for land use. Estimation of the model is greatly simplified by applying Bayes’ rule for consumers’ home location choice. The relative size of indirect effects turns out to differ substantially between locations. [...]

305, 2013

Technology and Governance in an Innovative City

What is the future of cities? How do cities innovate and stay innovative? How should cities govern themselves? What is the role of technology? Join Professor Edward Glaeser, Mr Peter Ho, Mr Narayana Murthy and Prof Wang Shu, four members of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities’ International Advisory Panel, in a discussion on these big issues in today’s rapidly urbanising world. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities. [...]

1006, 2015

Public Lecture: Working and Living in The City of Knowledge

What does it mean to work in cities today? Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the emergence of new circumstances, shifting values, revolutionary ideas, and major inventions have transformed the way we work, live and play. [...]

2605, 2015

Public Lecture: Understanding and Designing Multiway Boulevards

Tree-lined multiway boulevards, made famous in Paris during the 1860s and 1870s and shortly thereafter re-imagined as parkways by Frederick Law Olmsted in the United States, became out of fashion and even impossible to build after the 1930s when transportation engineers developed the functional classification of streets and associated street standards that worked against multi-purpose streets. [...]

2404, 2015

Lecture – Introducing e-Residency in Estonia: Countries without Borders and Countries without Territories

In this lecture, Mr Taavi Kotka will talk about how e-residency forms a basis for the growth of the international competitiveness of the Estonian state in the fields of economy, science, education, healthcare, etc. He will also talk about how far Estonia is from “countries without borders” and “countries without territories”. The aim is to make Estonia great: make sure that at least 10 million people around the world choose to associate with Estonia via e-identities. [...]

2101, 2015

Public Lecture: Urban Simulation and Visualization for Urban Sustainability Planning

This presentation explores the emergence of new technologies to support the analysis and visualization of urban sustainability, from the site scale to the metropolis. It uses the San Francisco Bay Area as a case study in the application of such tools to support a participatory process to coordinate municipal land use plans with regional transportation and housing plans, in order to meet state legislative goals to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by coordinating land use and transportation plans. The process involved 3D modelling in combination with behavioural and financial models of development feasibility, and a shared data repository. The presentation will review the tools and process and explore future directions for this research. [...]

409, 2014

Public Lecture: Exploration and Conservation in the 21st Century

Based on four decades of pioneering work in China, this lecture would take the audience through China’s turbulent times from the closing of the Cultural Revolution through the break‐neck growth era into the 21st Century. The speaker Wong How Man invites you to join him on his personal journey through the backyard, sometimes even backdoor, of this huge and historical country. In the process, Wong will use selected CERS’ projects to highlight his innovative approach, bringing multiple results in what he terms “equitable conservation” to nature, wildlife, culture and social economic issues. [...]

2908, 2014

Public Lecture: Climate Change and Cities

Climate change is a global problem and cities are often the most affected. But are cities contributing to the problem or to the solution? How cities respond to the challenge of climate change will determine the future of our planet. Ambassador Burhan Gafoor’s speech entitled “Climate Change and Cities” will address the link between urbanisation and climate change and also examine the role cities can play to deal with the challenge of climate change. [...]

603, 2013

Tomorrow’s Cities: Lessons from History, Playgrounds and the Third Ecology

The soaring economic, ecological and social challenges of our cities and more broadly of our environment press us to rethink the way design and construction have been carried out. New and innovative ideas that are holistic, collaborative, and cross disciplinary- such as the “third ecology” and designing for children- are needed. Join us for a public lecture and discussion. [...]

2404, 2015

Seminar: Dublin – A Bridge between Creativity and Innovation

In this seminar, Ali Grehan will give a brief introduction on Dublin as a city, and outline Dublin City Council’s design-led approach to city development. It will explore a number of projects in more details; a connector project for the historic city centre, a large scale urban regeneration programme and the City’s innovative housing programme. It will also attempt to communicate the experience of the city. [...]

2208, 2013

How to Build the Internet of Cars and What it Means for Future Cities

There are now 1 billion vehicles in the world waiting to be connected to the Internet. At the same time, vehicular communication technologies have matured to a point in which massive deployment is both possible and feasible. However, the preferred choice at the moment is to rely entirely on cellular communications, such as GPRS, EDGE, 3G and LTE. [...]

2506, 2015

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Meeting London’s housing needs – the role of density and tall buildings

London, a world city with a rich cultural heritage, is experiencing rapid growth yet suffers from an acute shortage of affordable housing. It is recognised that London needs to increase housing densities to meet this challenge; but must reconcile this with concerns about the preservation of the historic environment, cultural norms of living at relatively low densities and the importance of environmental sustainability. This talk outlines London’s current approach to addressing these issues and asks what it can learn from other countries, such as Singapore. [...]

206, 2015

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Understanding What We Don’t Know: Uncertainty in Urban Mobility Systems Analysis. The Boston Case

Trying to understand what the future may hold and preparing for that future is the essence of planning. Uncertainty pervades this endeavour and, typically, the further out the time horizon, the greater the uncertainties. For urban mobility planning, key long-term uncertainties relate to technological evolution, societal and cultural factors, environmental conditions, economic conditions, etc. This presentation presents results to date from a project examining urban system uncertainties and their implications for planning in the Boston Metropolitan Area. Chris Zegras will summarize major trends over the past three decades, including behavioural dynamics and changes in supply, and assess how such changes might inform our ability to forecast the future in an integrated land use-transportation modelling system. [...]

1405, 2015

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: A National Urban Planning Strategy for Australia – Further Away than Ever?

Australia is a highly-urbanised country, with most of its population concentrated in a few large coastal cities. Its current population of nearly 24 million is likely to double by 2100. However, it does not have a coherent long-term strategy for the growth and development of its settlements or for transition to a low-carbon future. This talk briefly reviews the history of attempts to develop a national urban policy for Australia and outlines the challenges – demographic, social, environmental, economic and political – which face Australia in the 21st century [...]

1211, 2014

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Present and Future Perspectives on Sustainable Urban Climates

The combined processes of prodigious urbanisation and global climate change directly affect local weather in cities, which may be detrimental in impact. How cities consider the science of urban and global climates – and the resulting impacts on urban residents – would be critical towards maintaining equitable links between socio-economic and environmental systems that underpin sustainable societies. Using several examples, this talk examines the impacts arising from these multi-scale climate changes towards cities, in particular the variations in urban vulnerability to urban weather and climate extremes. Lastly, Dr Winston Chow will discuss the efficacy of sustainable and multi-disciplinary approaches in adapting to, or mitigating, these impacts in light of future changes in urbanisation and global climate trends. [...]

2907, 2014

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: New sites for Spiritual Practices in Singapore High-Rise Buildings

Singapore led the way for Asian urban renewal by demolishing and replacing the two-storied shop houses with high-rise developments in the 1980s. Such an environment, once supposed to kill the human soul, nurtures some surprising Hindu-inspired movements. Most recently in a high-rise flat, I witnessed a special puja for wealth performed with all the traditional implements but guided via Livestream from India. I have witnessed many such events, which are Hindu in flavor but multi-ethnic and explicitly “non-religious.” This talk interrogates: What kind of religiosity is happening in this now dominant spatial régime of the High-Rise and why? [...]

2006, 2014

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Building Data Analytics for City Portfolio

Azizan Aziz is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Azizan is a trained architect with extensive experience in sustainable design, the design of integrated systems for high performance buildings, post occupancy evaluation and building performance monitoring and analytics. Azizan has initiated innovative data analytics projects with federal, corporate, campus and municipal leaders. In addition to his more than twenty years in research, Azizan teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs for the School of Architecture, with an unwavering focus on design for a sustainable built environment. [...]

2005, 2014

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Biodiversity Conservation in Singapore

Singapore celebrated 50 years of the Garden City in 2013. The talk will walk through the history of Singapore’s green journey. Biodiversity conservation initiatives, including City in A Garden, etc., will be highlighted illustrating how they have been designed to meet the challenges of maintaining and enhancing native biodiversity in a high density city state. Future research trends will also be shared. [...]

1604, 2014

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Gender, Media & Urban Violence in the Global South: The Case of Pakistan

A city of 21 million, Karachi is understood as one of the most violent cities in the world. Given the blurred boundaries between criminal groups, militants, mainstream political parties and state representatives (e.g. police), Karachi’s multifaceted political-economy in which violence inheres resonates with dynamics found in other cities such as Mumbai. But Karachi’s homicide rate is higher, reaching 12.3 per 100,000 people in 2013. Karachi also exhibits levels of violence that are proximate to Latin American cities such as Sao Paolo, Mexico City and Bogota where organized crime and drugs have long ravaged these urban centers, where firearms are involved in the majority of the incidences of murder, and where violent crime is often correlated with poverty and spatial-social segregation. In this context, I ask what are the representations of gender and violence in the media? How is violence talked about in the Karachi context? What are its different registers and geographies? [...]

1903, 2014

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Dynamic Capability Development and Regional Change: some comparative perspective from late industrial states

It has become commonplace for innovative regions to be touted for their collective learning systems and the ways innovation and economic geography support each other. Although the focus on economic learning is viewed as a positive, most approaches to economic development tend to largely bypass the difficult to answer questions of how cities and metropolitan regions contribute to the key underlying processes of dynamic capability development. This talk will address how to frame this issue with regard to studying regional economic development, and will highlight the challenges it represents for planning theory and practice, as well as for understanding the economic role of the state. The experience of several city-regions, including Singapore, will be discussed with special emphasis on the unique characteristics of late industrialization confronted by many countries in the world. [...]

502, 2014

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Planes, Lanes, Cranes and X – The Innovative City Takes Off

‘Innovation is the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs or existing market needs.’ (Wikipedia 2014) The innovative city certainly requires planes, lanes and cranes (to reference a famous transatlantic dialogue organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States in late 2013), yet it would need more than that to take off and become a success story. As the city –wherever on this planet – is a built and un-built organism growing or shrinking over time as well as in space and being inhabited by those initiating innovation through their behaviour, urban innovation would follow a holistic approach. This approach primarily covers mutual understanding and joint decision-taking among citizens – including indicator-based monitoring, participatory budgeting and a reliance on small and medium-scale business operations. [...]

801, 2014

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Senseable City: A Smart City with a Human Face

Smart is the new ‘green’. Smart city, smart transport, smart buildings – the label ‘smart’ is now often used and abused. After reviewing the principles behind the ‘smart city’ – a concept we prefer to call ‘senseable city’, as is the name of our lab – this presentation will examine ten areas of innovative applications, from transport and energy to civic engagement, a ‘decalogue’ for the senseable city. [...]

412, 2013

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Liveability vs Sustainability? Ambiguities in Present Debates about the Future of Our Cities

In the past two decades, debates on the future of cities have been characterized by the emergence, and then progressive integration, into planning and governance practices. The quest has been to seek more sustainable ways of conceiving urban life. Recently however, in the context of a new phase of cheap energy provision, global goals on the reduction of CO2 emissions have tended to be forgotten. On the urban scale, local objectives of sustainable development have sometimes been replaced by ambiguous discourses on notions of resilience and liveability. This talk will critically examine such trends in urban debates and practices. The aim is to contribute to ongoing discussions on possible ways of rethinking sustainability on an urban scale in a changing world. [...]

2808, 2013

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Understanding Urban Dynamics through Complexity Science

This talk will provide an overview of how complex systems approach on urban planning is carried out at IHPC A*STAR. The discussion will focus on the general properties and components of a complex system together with the relevant tools and techniques required to probe such system. Participants will gain insight to initiatives on transportation and land-use, sharing of the fundamental and applied research, collaboration experiences with various Singapore’s public agencies and how a close working relationship with domain experts can result in a fundamentally sound and potentially impactful science. [...]

2305, 2013

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunch Series: Integrating Local Culture into the Global Urbanisation Process

The speaker will discuss how to integrate local urban cultural elements into new global structures. The specific focus will be ideas for sensitizing a new generation of planners and architects to deal with local cultural elements within the milieu of globalising urban spaces. “Living Laboratories” where students can directly acquire this experience will be elaborated. It is critical to foster competency to merge local and global cultural elements into specific localities. This means achieving a balance between imported technology and local solutions. [...]

1702, 2017

Book Launch ‘Asian Port Cities: Uniting Land and Water Worlds’

Although the term “port city” has fallen out of favour, there are good reasons why it should be revived. Ports are reclaiming their role in the life of the city. A comparative study of some of Asia’s port cities – Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Tokyo, Jakarta and Johor Bahru (PTP) demonstrates a complex, dynamic, and symbiotic relationship between these ports and their cities. Port city form is dynamic, ever changing... [...]

505, 2014

Research Presentation on Port Cities in Asia: “Form, Function and Issues” by Dr Sharon Siddique

In January 2013, the LKY CIC launched a three-year project on Asian Port Cities. Each year will address a specific theme, and explore selected facets through a focus on seven (7) Asian port cities: Singapore, Johor Bahru (Pelapas and Johor Port), Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Tianjin and Shanghai. The first year has been devoted to exploring the interconnectivity of key elements of urban space – a model of port-city form. [...]

608, 2013

Unveiling Ceremony of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Bronze Bust

The Singapore-Lyon Association gifted a bronze bust of Mr Lee Kuan Yew to Singapore as a testimony of Mr Lee’s work and a gesture of friendship between France and Singapore. Mr Lee had agreed to place the bust at Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities to support the innovative work being done in the Centre. [...]

207, 2013

Asian Port Cities: Between Land and Water Worlds

In January 2013, the LKY CIC launched a three-year project on Asian Port Cities. Each year will address a specific theme, and explore selected facets through a focus on seven (7) selected Asian port cities: Singapore, Johor Bahru (Pelepas and Johor Port), Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Tianjin and Shanghai. [...]