About the Symposium

Contemporary architecture and urban design practice in Singapore and beyond is increasingly exploring the integration of green spaces in buildings, producing new typologies for high-density contexts that include public space, extensive sky terraces, sky bridges, vertical parks, roof gardens, and other ‘green’ components. Combinations of all these, often applied to mixes of residential, civic and commercial programmes, conjoin at times to produce ‘vertical cities’, in which the building section becomes part of larger urban ecosystems such as parks, gardens and river networks. Density and sustainability here are not contradictory but rather mutually dependent and synergistic.

The Symposium was organised by the Future Cities Laboratory (a programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and hosted by the Singapore Urban Revelopment Authority. It brought together important stakeholders, including policy makers, planners, developers, architects and landscape architects, who discussed how dense and green building typologies can contribute to developing compact yet highly liveable future cities.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accreditation

The Symposium was accredited 4 points under the BOA/SIA CPD, 4 points under the SILA CPD (CORE) and 4 points under the SIP CPD programme.


About the Organisers


Future Cities Laboratory

The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is guided by its vision to shape sustainable future cities through insights from science, by design, and in place-specific contexts. Research at FCL is structured around three problem-oriented and transdisciplinary research ‘scenarios’ that link science, design and specific places: ‘High-Density Mixed-Use Cities’, ‘Responsive Cities’, and ‘Archipelago Cities’. These scenarios combine discipline-specific research in the areas of architecture, planning and urban design, mobility and transportation planning, sociology and psychology, landscape and ecosystems, energy systems, materials and engineering, and information technology. Collectively, FCL seeks to produce new knowledge, paradigms and action plans for sustainable future cities from the perspective of Asia in order to address complex urban questions, and help to translate knowledge into action on the ground.

The FCL was established in 2010 as the first programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre – a joint initiative between ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF). Set within NRF’s Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE ) in Singapore, the centre is part of a wider research ecosystem alongside leading global universities. The Singapore-ETH Centre frames two research programmes: the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) and the Future Resilient Systems (FRS). FCL’s key academic partners include École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).


Singapore University of Technology and Design

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is established to advance knowledge and nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs, with a focus on design, through an integrated multi-disciplinary curriculum and multi-disciplinary research. It is Singapore’s fourth public university and is comprised of four academic pillars: Architecture and Sustainable Design, Engineering Product Development, Engineering Systems and Design, and Information Systems Technology and Design.

SUTD’s mission is to be a leading research-intensive global university focused on technology and all elements of technology-based design. It educates technically-grounded leaders who are steeped in the fundamentals of mathematics, science, and technology; are creative and entrepreneurial; have broad perspectives informed by the humanities, arts and social sciences; and are engaged with the world.

SUTD partners with other important institutions of higher learning to deliver a myriad of opportunities for its students, faculty, partners and staff. Collaborations cover the areas of developing and advancing curriculum, research and exchanges. Main partners include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Zhejiang University (ZJU) and Singapore Management University (SMU).