The world is experiencing urbanisation at an unprecedented level. Already, more than half the world’s population lives in cities. This is expected to increase to 70% by 2050. Cities are likely to determine the future sustainability of the world’s populous. If planned well, cities are excellent spaces for civil and economic advancement, sustainability, efficiency and diversity. If uncoordinated or unadaptable, cities suffer from resource or access constraints and eventually lose their liveability and worse, become places of social inequity. It is critical that the future city leaders learn from urban pioneers and case examples, to gain insights into the urban development challenges of cities, and to make informed decisions based on the principles and practice of dynamic urban governance.
This course draws on the Centre for Liveable Cities' (CLC) research and analyses of Singapore’s urban development journey from the lens of the Singapore Liveability Framework. A unique feature of CLC’s research is that it draws on the knowledge of Singapore’s urban pioneers and case studies, which provide valuable insights into the challenges faced by cities as they urbanise. For the upcoming 2018 semester, students will get the opportunity to hear from Singapore’s industry leaders, experts and practitioners who were directly involved in Singapore’s urban development journey.
By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired sound knowledge of the principles and practices in the development of a liveable city against the backdrop of the Singapore Liveability Framework, and it is intended that they be better equipped to apply this knowledge in their respective fields. Students will:
Understand the Singapore Liveability Framework, which distils the experiences, principles and goals behind Singapore’s urban development in the last 50 years.
Understand the factors which led to Singapore’s urban transformation trajectory, and how Singapore addressed the trade-offs and challenges.
Understand that alongside hardware infrastructure, the systems and software are just as important to creating Liveable and Sustainable Cities.
Be able to look at a city, and evaluate it, through the lens of the Singapore Liveability Framework, and to hence be better equipped to make informed decisions in their own fields.
Classes are structured to be interactive. Students are expected to read the assigned reading materials beforehand and contribute actively to class and online discussions.
About Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC)
Set up in 2008 by the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) has its mission “to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities”. CLC’s work spans four main areas – Research, Capability Development, Knowledge Platforms, and Advisory. Through these activities, CLC hopes to provide urban leaders and practitioners with the knowledge and support needed to make our cities better.