News and Events

  • [Speaker Series] Connectography

    9 February 2017 (Thu) , 6-7PM
    At Elm Student Commons
    Speaker(s): Dr Parag Khanna

    Dr Parag Khanna, Senior Researcher Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, visited Yale-NUS to present ideas from his recent book Connectography. He discussed the emerging global network civilisation where connectivity redefines the map, and its implication on systems change for geopolitics, th...

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  • [Industry Outreach] PiD: Designing with People ...

    25 January 2017 (Wed) , 6-8PM
    At Elm Student Commons
    Speaker(s): Mizah Rahman

    Mizah Rahman, co-founder and director for Participate in Design (PiD), shared the firm’s work on participatory planning. While public places in Singapore have been traditionally designed, planned and managed by experts and public officers, PiD aims to create sustainable solutions by facilitating and realising shared visions within communit...

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  • [Exhibition] Cities of the Global South: Habita...

    17 October 2016 (Mon) , 6:00-7:30PM
    At Library Commons and Cafe Agora

    In tandem with the opening of the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito Ecuador, students from the Cities of the Global South class held a poster exhibition analyzing key dimensions and policy units associated with the Habitat III Conference and agenda, and potential policy solutions to address global urban challenges and futures. The exhibition wa...

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  • [Industry Outreach] Innovative Urban Solutions ...

    11 October 2016 (Tue) , 6:00-8:15PM
    At Elm Student Commons
    Speaker(s): Nina Yang

    As part of an industry-focused series, Chief Operating Officer of Singbridge Corporate Pte Ltd Mrs Nina Yang spoke about innovative urban solutions in city development. She currently oversees Singbridge’s investments in urban projects including Guangzhou Knowledge City, Sino-Singapore Chengdu Innovation Park, and Sino-Tianjin Eco-City. In additi...

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  • [External Event] Future Cities Laboratory: Wher...

    14 September 2016 (Wed) , 4.00-5.30pm
    At Yale-NUS Performance Hall
    Speaker(s): Timothy Morton

    Yale-NUS College hosted the first keynote address of the 2016 FCL Annual Conference. Professor Timothy Morton of Rice University delivered a talk entitled “Where Are All the Megacities?” in which he introduced his ontological theory of “hyperobjects”. Prof. Nick Smith served as respondent, applying Morton’s remarks to the study of urbanisa...

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  • [Guest Lecture] Cognitive Maps of U-Town and wh...

    14 September 2016 (Wed) , 6:00-8:00PM
    At Lecture Theater 1

    Students of Yale-NUS were joined by 21 students from the Masters of Urban Planning Programme in NUS to learn about graduate programmes and research practices. Both groups of students then engaged in a cognitive mapping exercise of U-Town. This was followed by a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of this mapping technique, as well...

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  • [Speaker Series] SubUrbanisms

    15 April 2016 (Fri) , 6:30pm-8pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1
    Speaker(s): Stephen Fan

    The expansion of the gaming industry has created new forms of urbanization throughout the world. In the United States, casinos now draw concentrated flows of capital, goods, and people into the urban periphery throughout the country. In regions with existing Asian populations, these flows of casino patrons and workers have also brought recent Ch...

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  • [Speaker Series] Film Screening of 03-Flats and...

    10 March 2016 (Thu) , 6:15-8:30pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1
    Speaker(s): Lilian Chee

    Singapore’s public housing programme—an inclusive space that prioritizes families and intergenerational living—is arguably the most successful in the world. Amidst this backdrop, 03-FLATS follows the domestic experiences of three single women who are at different stages of their lives. Looking from within each flat, the film moves between the wo...

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  • [Speaker Series] Mapping the Cultural History o...

    18 February 2016 (Thu) , 6:30pm-8pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1
    Speaker(s): Kristy H.A. Kang

    How can the digital humanities create innovative ways to envision our sense of place? This talk will explore the interactive online cultural history The Seoul of Los Angeles: Contested Identities and Transnationalism in Immigrant Space (http://seoulofla.com). Informed by design and urban studies in the digital humanities, this project looks at t...

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  • [Speaker Series] Spectatorship and Urban Develo...

    11 November 2015 (Wed) , 6:00 - 7:30PM
    At Saga College Lecture Theatre 1
    Speaker(s): Justin Clark

    At 50, Singapore faces many of the same challenges that another geographically constrained port city, Boston, faced after a half-century of national independence. In the 1820s, Boston’s highly unified leadership sought to maintain the city’s social stability and livability amid astonishing human and economic growth. To do so, it embarked on a po...

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  • [Roundtable] The Future of Urban Studies & ...

    9 November 2015 (Mon) , 10AM
    At Dean's Office Exec Meeting Room, AS7 Shaw Foundation Building
    Speaker(s): Professor John Hannigan

    As co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of New Urban Studies which will be published by Sage, Professor John Hannigan (University of Toronto at Scarborough)is an ideal scholar with whom to discuss what is new and emergent in the field of urban studies. This roundtable event provides an opportunity for urbanists at NUS to discuss the...

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  • [External events] The Only Way Is Up

    6 November 2015 (Fri) , 7:00 - 8:30PM
    At National Library Building, Level 1, Visitors' Briefing Room
    Speaker(s): Prof. Jane M. Jacobs, Debbie Loo, The Saturday Projects

    Free with registration. Please register at onlywayup.peatix.com. Accompanying the off-site component of the exhibition Sheltered: Documents for Home at the National Libray Building’s Lee Kong Chian Reference Collection, this session brings together a panel of scholars and practitioners to discuss some of the peculiar implications of Singapore’s ...

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  • [Panel Discussion] Architecture and the Academy...

    13 October 2015 (Tue) , 4:00 - 6:00PM
    At Yale-NUS College Performance Hall, 16 College Avenue West

    FREE ADMISSION RSVP: peatix.com/event/115054 As communities of learning, residential colleges and universities present unique design challenges. Part home and part workplace, campuses are intimately connected with our increasingly globalised world, but they are also set apart—spaces of introspection and reflection. They are both deeply rooted in...

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  • [Rector’s Tea] Between Two Ferns with the...

    11 October 2015 (Sun) , 7:00 - 8:30PM
    At Elm College Rector’s Commons
    Speaker(s): Fred Clarke, Mariko Masuoka

    Elm College Rector’s Tea Light refreshments will be served Have you been wondering how the ceiling of your RC’s dining hall was designed? Or where all the toilets went? Or why it’s so hard to find Classroom 16? (Seriously, someone tell me where Classroom 16 is.) Then come on down to the next Elm College...

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  • [Book Launch] Buildings Must Die: A Perverse Vi...

    29 May 2015 (Fri)
    Speaker(s): Jane Jacobs and Stephen Cairns

    Published with MIT Press in 2014, Buildings Must Die: A Perverse View of Architecture explores the decay, deterioration, and destruction to which they are inevitably subject. Cairns and Jacobs examine spalling concrete and creeping rust, contemplate ruins old and new, and pick through the rubble of earthquake-shattered churches, imploded housing...

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  • [Speaker Series] Crisis and Innovation in the H...

    20 April 2015 (Mon)
    Speaker(s): Susan Smith

    Susan Smith is Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge University. Smith previously held the Ogilvie Chair of Geography at the University of Edinburgh from 1990–2004 and until 2009 was a professor of geography at Durham University. Smith’s research is about house prices, mortgage markets and the financial instruments associated with them. She work...

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  • [Guest Lecture] Planetary Urbanism

    25 March 2015 (Wed)
    Speaker(s): Neil Brenner

    Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory and Director of the Urban Theory Lab at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Brenner’s writing and teaching focus on the theoretical, conceptual and methodological dimensions of urban questions. His work builds upon, and seeks to extend, the fields of critical urban and regional studies, co...

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  • [Guest Lecture] The Just City in the Context of...

    4 March 2015 (Wed)
    Speaker(s): Susan Fainstein and Norman Fainstein

    Susan S. Fainstein is a Senior Research Fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design; she joined the faculty in 2006 as a professor of urban planning and retired from teaching in 2012. Her research interests include planning theory, urban theory, urban redevelopment, and comparative urban policy focusing on the United States, Europe, and East...

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  • [Speaker Series] Landscape for Learning: Design...

    13 January 2015 (Tue)
    Speaker(s): Joshua Comaroff and Ong Ker-Shing

    Joshua Comaroff and Ong Ker-Shing are co-founders of Lekker Architects, the landscape architecture firm for the new Yale-NUS campus. Both are graduates of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Comaroff is also a geographer and has published widely on topics of architecture, geography and political philosophy. Their Singapore-based architectural...

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