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Innovative designs for Asia's vertical cities

16 February 2012

(From left) Prof Tan, Prof Heng, Dr Feng and Mr Ng launching the publication

(From left) Dr Feng, Prof Tan, Prof Heng and Mr Lu Bo, WFF Managing Director at one of the exhibits

Visitors to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre can now view designs from the inaugural Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition till 2 March 2012. Themed "Everybody Needs Fresh Air", the exhibition is a showcase of innovative design solutions proposed by 17 teams from 10 universities.

The competition was jointly launched by the NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE) and international philanthropic organisation World Future Foundation Ltd (WFF) in January 2011. Held annually over a period of five years, the initiative is supported by a S$1.5 million gift from WFF.

At the exhibition were Guest-of-Honour Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of URA; Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President; Prof Heng Chye Kiang, Dean of SDE and Dr Feng Lun, Chairman of WFF. They launched the first publication of the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium which documents all the proposals and symposium papers presented during the inaugural event.

Dr Feng believed that based on the excellent collaborative foundation, the research work from the competition will grow year on year. He shared that the design models have been translated to real projects in places such as Chengdu and Xi'an in China.

Prof Heng said the competition seeks to provide a unique platform for researchers and students worldwide to investigate the planning and research of such paradigm, as well as spearhead an international effort to formulate appropriate urban solutions to address Asia's fast-paced high density urbanisation.

Students of architecture and related disciplines hailing from universities across the globe - including Tokyo University, Tsinghua University and the University of California at Berkeley - were tasked to design one square kilometre of land for 100,000 people. They had to consider factors such as density, liveability and sustainability specific to the rapid and exponential growth of urbanism in Asia in their designs.

This year's competition themed "Everyone Ages" is now open.