Urbanisation: a global phenomenon with regional significance and local consequences
The rationale for Future Cities Laboratory emerges from the challenges of urbanisation and its consequences for Singapore, the ASEAN+ region and the world. View the FCL rational map
The general challenges of urbanisation frame a set of inter-linked research rationales:
- Planning challenges in Singapore for the coming 75 years: Singapore’s urban development poses challenges such as managing population density while improving resilience, environmental sustainability and qualitative aspects of every day urban living.
- Harnessing the power of information technology for responsive planning: Sustainable future cities need integrated planning that harnesses the full power of information technology appropriate to their large scale and complexity. This involves engaging diverse city-makers, including government, industry, academia, and civil society.
- Formulating sustainable pathways to urbanisation for ASEAN+ and beyond: New ideas are urgently needed to guide urbanisation of the ASEAN+ (greater ASEAN) region, with its 1.4 billion urbanising population. In turn, the urbanisation of this region will have global impacts.