FCL ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM

Sustainable future cities and settlement systems: Through science, by design, in place, over time…

Through analysis of four case-studies, the project aims at a better understanding of processes of extended urbanisation in agricultural territories, exploring their urban potentials and formu lating concrete design strategies and governance models for sustainable futures. The interdisciplinary module contains work packages covering the design of sustainable agri-urbanisms and governance arrangements, novel soil ecologies, ecosystem services and the impact of energy businesses in agricultural territories.

The Agropolitan Territories module addresses the unsustainable relationship between urbanisation and food production in monsoon Asia. Globally, urban land expansion is consuming fertile agricultural land at unprecedented rates. Simultaneously, the industrialised agricultural practices developed to meet the food needs of urbanised populations are placing pressure on a range of ecological systems. The module aims to develop an 'agropolitan' outlook to this challenge, foregrounding the inter-dependence of future cities and future agriculture. It will do so by developing transdisciplinary and multi-scaled approaches to data collection and analysis, dynamic planning support tools, and designs and prototypes for sustainable agropolitan territories.

The overall goal of the module is to design and plan functioning blue and green infrastructures, which not only improve urban water efficiency and reduce flooding, but also support local food production, mitigate heat island effects, increase water pollution control, recreation, biodiversity, and ultimately provide jobs for and a higher life quality of citizens. By securing and/or introducing these nature-based (green) stormwater managements (blue) in the urban fabric, we expect the hinterlands to become more resilient to climate change and population growth.

This module focuses on the sea-city fringes in rapidly urbanising cities in tropical Asia. Firstly, it will study measures to mitigate climate change and its effects through urban design and planning (concept plan), environmental science, and biomimicry technology to capture, absorb, store and remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Secondly, it will develop practical and scalable nature-based approaches to mitigate the effects of climate change and rising seas through urban design and biophilic approaches for water-sensitive design. Thirdly, it will study how historical manufacturing roles may combine with emerging hybrid developments for a creative economy supporting diverse industries and promoting liveability.

This project aims to integrate mobility, land use and infrastructure into a resilient, adaptive system that responds to changing needs, through a three-pronged approach. Social network surveys will monitor and examine the activity chains that generate demand for mobility. Second, novel modelling techniques will be developed to handle the unique challenges posed by the fast-changing and dynamic nature of cities through adaptive systems, that can respond to disruptions almost in real-time. Finally, exploratory modelling, decision-making under uncertainty methods (e.g. real-options) and optimization methods will be employed to formulate adaptive plans that can response respond to long-term changes.

The inevitability of increasing urbanization and the attendant problems it creates place an urgent demand on our ability to shape current and future urban development using a science-based approach to urban planning. The project is centred on the proposition that urban pattern-process-function relationships provide valuable knowledge to advance the science of urban planning, but this has thus far remained relatively unexplored and under - utilized in practice.

The objective of this module is to efficiently reduce energy consumption and to increase solar energy production in cities while minimizing total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The research will include the development of holistic, multi-scale and interdisciplinary approaches for assessing large scale deployment of (building integrated) photovoltaic in realistic urban contexts under different climatic, socio-economic and architectural conditions. Zurich and Singapore will be used as complementary case studies and we will interact with public stakeholders and agencies to directly apply research into practice by receiving feedback and providing training on toolboxes developed.

Emerging Models of Sustainable Integrated Development explores sustainable integrated districts (SIDs) as models for high-density high- liveability future cities by studying urban innovations and systems solutions that are deployed and integrated at the district scale. Important aspects of the system performance of SIDs are captured by an interdisciplinary team of researchers that works closely with important stakeholders from government agencies and industry.

A transition to a circular economy, in which used materials may become valuable resources for a new production cycle, is urgently needed. This project aims to develop integrated frameworks and tools based on advanced digital technology for informing the design, construction and management of circular buildings and deploying more effective resource solutions. It addresses the questions of which contributions future circular cities can make to lower adverse environmental impacts and how to derive tailored, site-specific system solutions for sustainable housing.

This module aims to develop new sustainable technologies by combining composite materials that comprise cultivated, grown and harvested natural resources with digital fabrication methods. Mycelium material grown from fungi is one of the materials of choice for this enterprise, as well as subtractive processes and 3D-printing (3DP). Along with materials and fabrication, a careful assessment of the sustainability and likelihood for application in the construction sector will be studied.

Cities are dynamic systems with multi-scaled dependencies. Yet, current practices of urban analytics, design, and usage are static and misaligned with the emerging life and virtualisation of the city, being in permanent flux. The emergence of big open urban data, knowledge graphs, Artificial Intelligence (AI), crowdsourcing methods, and the possibility of perpetually adjustable parameters demand a new mode of analysing, designing, and governing the city. The project asks how geo-data science, Semantic Web Technologies (SWT) applied to urban design and Computational Social Science approaches can be harnessed to achieve sustainable, resilient, and liveable cities.

This project derives novel urban intensification strategies that are based on a deep understanding of the complex interplay between human activity and the built space. To that end, the project will couple urban science (complexity science, urban economics and machine learning) with urban design, which so far have been rather separated streams, allowing for the development of a series of innovative and place-specific planning and design interventions. These measures will not only enhance the functioning of cities and their hinterlands in a resource-saving way but also make urban regions more resilient.

This research embeds architectural cognition into the architecture and urban design process, through an iterative process of interactions between scientists and architecture practitioners, to actively shape key design decisions at different design stages. Behavioural studies will be combined with design research to understand how architects/designers utilise information about end-users while employing researcher secondments and refining design-support tools (from educational materials to simulations) to improve the design process and outcomes. Comparative analysis of case studies in Singapore, Zurich, and Sarajevo, will provide variation in parameters such as building and urban design typologies, urban density, and social, cultural and climatic conditions, to contribute to context-specific as well as generalisable research outputs.

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Starts 2021-03-02 09:30:00 AM
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Starts 2021-03-25 08:00:00 PM
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Starts 2021-04-22 08:00:00 PM

Smart Estates: Adapting to a Disrupted World Following the Opening Webinar, we are pleased to bring you our first research thematic webinar focusing on “Resilience”. This webinar will focus on the technologies and innovation for a resilient built environment – a topic of increasing importance as Singapore seeks to address the growing stock of aging infrastructure, raise productivity and adapt to climate change.

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Starts 2021-04-29 08:00:00 PM
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Starts 2021-05-11 08:00:00 PM
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Hari Raya Puasa (SG)

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Whit Monday (ZH)

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Starts 2021-05-25 08:00:00 AM

Green Transformation of Industries: A Tripartite Partnership Singapore aims to achieve long-term net zero carbon emission, peaking emissions level by 2030, and halving it by 2050. With these ambitious targets in mind, the public and private sectors will have to work closely hand-in-hand to introduce/implement green initiatives. Through this Sustainability-themed webinar, expert speakers from Government, Research Institutes and Industry will share insights and industry initiatives on decarbonisation.

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Starts 2021-06-06 08:00:00 PM
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Starts 2021-06-20 08:00:00 PM
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The World Cities Summit is an exclusive platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Since its inauguration in 2008, the biennial Summit has been attended by over 250 global cities and supported by leaders from government, business, international organisations and academia. Jointly organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the World Cities Summit is held in conjunction with the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESG). Highlights of the Summit include the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, the WCS Mayors Forum and City Solutions Singapore.

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Starts 2021-06-22 02:00:00 AM

Complexity Science for Resilient and Adaptable Cities Cities are facing increasingly unprecedented and complex challenges. Lifestyle patterns are constantly evolving; the operations of firms are changing with new technologies; existential challenges like climate change and pandemics are affecting cities’ resilience. We can no longer ignore the “black swans” or unknown unknowns that may disrupt our urban systems. This webinar session will focus on planning for resilient and adaptable cities, to achieve liveability, resource circularity and a healthy environment. The speakers will discuss some approaches or methods that have been applied to city resilience, and enhance the appreciation towards the use of complexity science in informing urban solutions.

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Starts 2021-06-22 03:00:00 AM

The Science to Building Social Resilience The ongoing challenges from the pandemic, socio-economic inequality, and climate change have underlined the importance of social resilience in urban planning and governance. Social infrastructure, trust, and social capital, are key to building resilient and cohesive societies. Such societies are better able to withstand, recover and grow from stressors and shocks, and undertake consistent efforts to strengthen different segments of the community. The speakers will share and discuss the application of social science research and methods to help city leaders and decision-makers better understand and manage diverse societies, and develop targeted actions for building social resilience.

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Starts 2021-06-22 04:00:00 AM

Nature in Cities for Urban Sustainability Cities are typically seen as being disconnected from nature. Yet in the face of unsustainable urbanization, biodiversity loss, and climate change, the role of nature has been increasingly recognized in enhancing social, ecological and climate resilience, as well as creating sustainable and liveable cities. Cities across the globe are increasingly working to integrate nature and biophilic designs into the urban landscape as a way of life.

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Starts 2021-06-28 11:00:00 AM

Dealing with the deep uncertainty of sea level rise Impacts of climate change and sea-level rise, and what it means to Singapore

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Starts 2021-06-28 08:00:00 PM
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PUB x 500 Startups - Commercialisation Programme Demo Day Showcase of 6 water technology start-ups covering biomimetic membranes, nanofiltration technologies, drones and other cutting-edge water technologies

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Starts 2021-06-29 08:00:00 PM
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2021

01

thu
Starts 2021-07-01 11:00:00 AM

ABC Waters Seminar Discussion and sharing on how Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Design concepts are brought to life from design to construction

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Starts 2021-07-04 08:00:00 PM
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Starts 2021-07-11 08:00:00 PM
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Hari Raya Haji (SG)

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Starts 2021-07-21 08:00:00 PM

Smarter and Greener: Transforming through Technology

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Starts 2021-07-28 08:00:00 PM

WCS Smart Cities Workshop

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Swiss National Day (ZH)

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Singapore National Day (SG)

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2021

01

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Starts 2021-09-01 08:00:00 PM

Making Sense: Leveraging the Science of Cities

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Planning for a Rainy Day: Climate-Ready Cities

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Starts 2021-09-30 08:00:00 PM
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The GEOSummit is and wants to continue to be an important networking event for the Swiss geo-sector, even under difficult conditions, and is intended to create added value for the participants in their everyday work.

Location Olten - Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
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Starts 2022-07-31 09:00:00 AM
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Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Emerging Stronger The biennial World Cities Summit (WCS) is an exclusive platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Jointly organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), key highlights of the Summit include the WCS Mayors Forum, the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and the WCS Young Leaders Symposium.

Location Singapore - Sand Expo and Convention Centre
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Starts 2022-11-16 17:00
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It is well known that the design of buildings and urban environments has a strong influence on our emotional state and experience. Urban places, in particular, are also typically experienced in various levels of human occupancy – depending on the time of day, places from main streets to parks, can be almost empty or bustling with pedestrians, patrons, residents and visitors. How does the presence of other people influence our subjective experience of places? Does the design of urban environments moderate the effects of social presence? Using multiple measurement of human emotions drawing from environmental psychology and neuroscience, we begin to understand how design and presence of people jointly modulate our experiences in cities. In this talk, I will present the conceptual background and findings from recent and ongoing work done as part of the FCL2 Cognition Perception and Behaviour in Urban Environments project and more recently the IntraCREATE SEED project ‘NICE’, and how this can contribute to the planning of future urban developments.

Location Value Lab Asia - Level 6, CREATE Tower, 1 CREATE Way, Singapore
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Hot off the press: a new book co-edited by FCL Global PI Asst Prof. Dr Naomi Hanakata examines the urban and social changes caused by mega-events.  

10.08.2022 more

FCL researchers ran a virtual reality simulation to study how environmental features contribute to walkability

25.05.2022 more

To balance high-density and high-quality urban living, different perspectives have emerged in Singapore in creating a resilient city, says Dr Srilalitha Gopalakrishnan.

06.01.2022 more

FCL researchers propose dense mycelium-based composites (DMCs) as a potential green alternative to traditional particleboards in their paper in Nature. 

22.11.2021 more

Integrating CFD simulation into urban design could help us achieve optimal configuration of urban elements to maximise the provision of ecosystem services.

09.11.2021 more

19 Oct | This talk discusses different metrics and methods to predict pedestrian volumes in complex multilevel environments, to enable better transport planning, in Singapore.

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25 Oct | The future is vertical and circular – The Swiss startup YASAI will present on their pioneering work in vertical farming based on circular economy

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31 Aug | Do attractive environmental features increase walkability in urban areas? Heidi Silvennoinen outlines the implications of her virtual reality experiment on urban planning and design.  

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17 Aug | Pieter Herthogs will present the Cities Knowledge Graph (CKG) project and elaborate on the importance of formal Knowledge Representation in digital planning.  

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24 Aug | SEC & NUS Researchers will present on the NRF-funded project 'Using black soldier flies in food waste management and sustainable food production in urban systems'.  

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    A cycling simulator in virtual reality (VR) as a new survey tool to study bicyclists' behavior, perceptions, and preferences in different environments. VR provides a better understanding of non-existent designs, which has been always a limitation of classic survey methods in transportation engineering. The proposed user-centered approach provides evidence-based design guidance which enables transport engineers and urban designers to evaluate the impact of their plans on travel behavior before the infrastructure is actually built. Furthermore, it can be used as a framework for public engagement to interact with non-specialists.

    City Energy Analyst (CEA) is an open-source software for the analysis of energy systems in cities. CEA helps you to analyse the effects of building retrofits, land-use planning, district heating and cooling and renewable energy on the future costs, emissions and energy consumption of neighbourhoods and districts. In Addition CEA helps you to find the optimal location, size and operation of energy generation and distribution technologies for a neighbourhood or a district of your choice. For the moment, CEA supports neighbourhoods and districts in Temperate (e.g., Switzerland) and Tropical climates (e.g., Singapore).

    A unified frontend for various tools developed at FCL-Global. Currently includes ecosystem service calculations and visualisations, aswell as a port of the "IÖ-App" for appraising the value and potential of properties and building projects.

    The IÖ app aims foremost to provide students with a more innovative, intuitive tool than a pocket calculator, or Excel; one that suits the subjective nature of real estate potential analysis. The mobile app also seeks to better accommodate the site-​dictated nature of the architectural discipline. It would furnish students with a hands-​on tool for appraising real estate parameters in real-​world settings, visibly reinforcing for them the direct link between the built environment and its surrounding economic context.

    The NatCap Tool is an interactive, Singapore-oriented 3D platform that allows users to easily show and modify different types of raster-based landcovers and to calculate several different ecosystem services on top of those landcovers and to show those results. It also allows users to enhance the workflow with the ability to show and edit point clouds within the 3D space for more realistic visual representation and user experience.

    Singapore Views is an interactive visualization and presentation platform that allows researchers to commence and conduct their research projects via an interactive 3D-4D visualization. The platform supports raster and vector GEO data, legacy media (pictures, videos, texts), 3D models, scientific data and point clouds.

    ur-scape is a visual and interactive planning support tool. It integrates data at multiple scales to support efforts to make more sustainable and resilient cities and regions. It is designed for rapidly urbanising areas where data is often difficult to access and uneven in quality, and where development needs are especially urgent and challenging.