According to a prognosis by the United Nations, in 2050 two-thirds of humanity will be living in cities worldwide. With this urban growth, high-rise housing on a large scale will again be a ubiquitous response to give shelter to the ever-growing urban populations. This process will necessarily impact high-rise typology, and against the backdrop of an increasing population density it will be ever more essential to investigate how design strategies for high-rise buildings can be rethought to facilitate sustainable built environments, inclusive communities and adaptiveness to the demographic dynamics of changing societies.

Emerging with these challenges, Asian metropolises like Singapore will again become laboratories for future urban habitation – setting an example on how forward-looking strategies for housing applied on large scale will have a transformative power for the urban societies of the future.

The symposium intends to cater interdisciplinary debates between experts from various fields. The symposium will bring together.

  • Experts and practitioners from social science and services
  • Policy makers and stakeholders
  • Local and international architects of innovative housing projects
  • Design researchers working on housing typology, generative design, big data applications, evidence-based climatic performance and construction & materiality

The symposium will be an opportunity to jointly reflect about a future of urban living, to collaborate on and to synthesize forward-looking concepts. Envisioning both social and architectural concepts and ideas could contribute to innovative solutions and strategies for sustainable and liveable urban dwelling models for the future. We hope that these will translate into perspectives and propositions illustrating potential design objectives for a hypothetical Newtown of the future.

It is also hoped that discussing beyond thematic and professional silos will help to initiate multi-disciplinary networks for future collaboration.

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