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Today Singapore is well-known for its innovative urban solutions. But how exactly does innovation in the production of the built environment happen? This paper explores a range of approaches to understanding innovation, and particularly as it relates to complex urban infrastructures. It then offers some preliminary reflection on the relevance of these approaches to understanding the production of the built environment in Singapore, past and present.
About the speaker
Jane M. Jacobs is Professor of Urban Studies at Yale-NUS College and a Visiting Professor at SUTD’s Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities. She has published widely on a range of themes including heritage and identity, cities of difference, and postcolonial urbanisms. Her most recent co-authored book is Buildings Must Die: A Perverse View of Architecture (MIT Press, 2014). Her current research is on professional and everyday practices of building production and consumption. Professor Jacobs shares her name with a very famous, but now dead, urban scholar (the Jane Jacobs who authored Death and Life of Great American Cities) and so has become an expert in professional disambiguation.
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