FCL Launches Course on Advanced Studies in Urban Design
FCL launched a post-graduate course on Advanced Studies in Urban Design for participants from the Urban Redevelopment Authority and other Singaporean government agencies on 12 January.
At the invitation of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), FCL launched a post-graduate course on Advanced Studies in Urban Design for participants from the URA and other government agencies. The course was launched on 12 January 2017 by Ng Lang, CEO of the URA and Prof Stephen Cairns, programme director of FCL.
The invitation to develop and deliver the curriculum cements the strong partnership between Singapore’s URA and ETH Zurich through FCL, which has collaborated with the URA on the agent-based transport modelling project known as ‘MATSim Singapore’, strategies to promote active mobility, exhibitions and other initiatives.
The introductory lecture was delivered by Prof Kees Christiaanse on the topic of ‘Centrality and Urban Landscape’, and will be followed by lectures on Urban Morphology, Dense and Green Urbanism, and Perception and Urban Space, among other topics.
The programme offers specialist urban design knowledge, skills and understanding as a means to integrate the diverse disciplines of the participants from agencies that oversee urban planning, town planning, industrial planning, and housing.
Over the course of the next 10 months, participants will be tutored by programme leader Aurel von Richthofen and his team to build a sound theoretical framework and hone their analytic skills by studying a series of case studies in Singapore and best practices abroad.
The programme ultimately focusses on urban design as a skill that has the capacity to integrate diverse and often competing economic, social, and environmental demands in a harmonious, efficient and satisfying way.