1110, 2019

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: Makeshift Metropolises: The Production of Permanently Provisional Cities

Synopsis This presentation explores the idea of the provisional city, an urban setting purposely envisaged and accepted for the present time, but likely to change later. In recent years, increasing research has been done on the temporary use of space. Limited attention has been given to the provisional, understood not only as an actual form of space production but as a negotiated […]


1609, 2019

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: Shaping Urbanization for Children: Child Rights and Urban Planning Principles

Synopsis Analysis of the main urban contexts shows that urbanization does not necessarily induce sustainable urban environments. Cities are drivers of prosperity, but also of inequity and environmental degradation. There is a lack of planning, leading to slums and other fragile contexts. Acknowledging all these challenges, why would we then make it even more complex and ask for planning focused on children? […]
609, 2019

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk:Residential Capitalism and Planning in the Platform Era: the challenges of Airbnb

Global ‘home-sharing’ via online platforms such as Airbnb is one of the many ways in which houses are becoming financialised under residential capitalism. Renting homes or rooms to tourists via global platforms can bring new income for ‘hosts’ and their neighbourhoods, but also significant disruption to local communities and housing supply. Urban planners are at the frontline of these dilemmas, but the very technologies on which they depend – land use regulation and the separation of competing uses – are rendered impotent by platform ‘home-sharing’ where signage and marketing occurs in online rather than actual space. This seminar examines these themes by comparing how Airbnb is penetrating local housing markets and bypassing planning controls in six global cities, proposing implications for planning in the platform era and under residential capitalism. [...]

1408, 2019

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: Where to for Multicultural Theory and Practice? Linking Macro-Level Policy to Workforce Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Intervention

Synopsis In many parts of the world, multiculturalism has emerged as a key policy mechanism for managing diversity. For example, in Australia, multiculturalism has received bipartisan political support since the early 1970s. However, as in other contexts, global political events, including the rise of extremism, discrimination and concerns over immigration, have led to periods of retreat from multicultural policy. Taking this macro-context […]
1007, 2019

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: Designing Policy Frameworks for a Resilient City Food System: The Role of Consumer Demand for Local Food in Singapore by Erin Sweeney

Synopsis As a city-state that imports more than 90 percent of its food supply, Singapore must be resilient in the face of external shocks. To fortify its food security, policymakers hope to drive consumption of locally-grown products to 30% by 2030. Yet without sufficient market for locally-grown food, Singapore may struggle to reach that goal. Research conducted by Ms. Erin Sweeney during […]
2905, 2019

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: The Whole is Greater than The Sum of Parts: Analyzing User Behaviors Across Multiple Online Social Platforms by Dr Roy Lee Ka Wei

Synopsis Online social platforms (OSPs), such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have grown monumentally over recent years. It was reported that as of August 2017, Facebook has over 2 billion monthly active users, while Instagram and Twitter have over 700 million and 300 million monthly active user accounts respectively. The vast amount of user-generated content and social data gathered in these behemoth […]