Singapore University of Technology and Design
8 Somapah Road Singapore
20 May 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


Will the day ever come when cities wake up from a seemingly interminable traumatic dream or are thoroughly awakened from the lethargy in which the pandemic seems to have confined them?

Will the present for urbanities be an awakening or the conscious embracement of the everlasting current numbing disruption?

Yet, in this unprecedented context, we foster a conversation among urban regions rather than cities. The goal is to identify trends and patterns, but also dreams and aspirations and how they will feed the imagination of the urban in both Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Focusing on resilience and health, participants will visualize the physiognomy of cities and the role of citizens. Building on discourses on infrastructure and urban date as well as on the need of drafting a new (urban) contract, panelists will ultimately contribute to the discussion on the future of the urban and its sustainable on both sides of the Pacific.

Session 4: Infrastructural Reform: Accessible, Inclusive Health

Moderator: Harvey Neo, Rafael Martinez and Winston Yap
Panelist: Prof. Alejandra Vives Vergara, Suryono Herlambang and Wahyu Kusuma Astuti
There have been calls for “Build Back Better” initiatives to create a more resilient and healthier city. The pandemic has changed socio-economic behaviour. For example, people choosing to spend their leisure time in open spaces instead of indoor malls and people working from home instead of going to the office. For many cities, the need for safe distancing has also prompted a shift towards more sustainable forms of transportation.

Session 5: Justice and Resilience: Vulnerability and Inclusivity

Moderator: Harvey Neo, Rafael Martinez and Winston Yap
Panelist: Khun TOLA, Steven ELLIS
The pandemic has highlighted class inequality and exposed the vulnerabilities and hardships faced by marginalized communities. Of paramount importance is the reality that no one is safe till everyone is safe.

Session 6: Urban Re-Imagination: Filling the Void

Moderator: Harvey Neo, Rafael Martinez and Winston Yap
Panelist: Marco Antonio Sardillo, Prof Widyawati Sumadio
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to dramatic loss of human lives worldwide. Many have lost their livelihoods and many more are at risk of doing so. How should cities and their inhabitants grapple with new concepts of normality amidst widespread economic and social disruption? What must or could be done to safeguard urban features?