Events Showcase

  • [Fieldtrip] Cities A to Z: Forest City

    20 September 2019 (Fri)

    In September 2019, The Cities A to Z class visited Forest City Malaysia to observe a trans-nationally developed enclave and experience urbanism (forest City) and its negative environmental effects. The students first visited Kelab Alami – an NGO located in Kampung Ladang in Tanjung Kupang, Johor. There, the students engaged with the citize...

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  • [Event] Mid-Semester Block Party

    18 September 2019 (Wed)

    Current and prospective Urban Studies students and faculty gathered over lunch to mingle and catch up with each other.

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  • [Event] Urban Studies Films Screening #1: High ...

    4 September 2019 (Wed)

    Urban Studies Films is a weekly series featuring filmic representations of cities, both real and imagined. Future films include: Playtime, 24 Hour Party People, Of Time and the City, Chunking Express, Lost in Translation, Incurable Vice, Style Wars, Dark City, Brazil, Stalker, Donnie Darko, City of Lost Children, Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles,...

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  • [LAB] London LAB 2019

    15 July 2019 (Mon)

    LABs at Yale-NUS The Learning Across Boundaries (LABs) programme is a co-curricular programme developed by the Yale-NUS Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) in collaboration with Yale-NUS Faculty. LABs are faculty-led programmes of short duration that allow faculty to share their scholarship with students outside of the tr...

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  • [Workshop] Archipelago City – Scenarios f...

    8 July 2019 (Mon)
    At Classroom 15

    From 8 to 10 July, our students took part in the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), in collaboration with partners in Indonesia, Singapore, ASEAN and Europe. Through intensive exercises in scenario thinking using cutting-edge design, powerful data and transdisciplinary research expertise, our students worked to produce new approaches to urbanisatio...

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  • [Event] Graduation – Class of 2019

    14 May 2019 (Tue)

    We congratulate our Urban Studies Class of 2019 on their graduation!

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  • [Event] Senior Capstone Symposium – Urban...

    26 April 2019 (Fri)

    Congratulations to the Urban Studies Class of 2019 for submitting their capstones. We were thrilled to hear them share about their very intriguing capstone projects, and it was heartening to witness the fruition of their extensive efforts.  

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  • [Fieldtrip] Beach Clean-up

    1 April 2019 (Mon)

    The students conducted a beach clean-up in collaboration with the non-profit Green Nudge in Singapore (Water and Waste in Urban Environments, Semester 2, Academic Year 2018/2019). Students collected more than 160 kg of trash in a few hours. The goal of this experiential learning opportunity was to reflect on the type of waste existing along...

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  • [Student Award] Bartell Prize for Capstone Rese...

    22 February 2019 (Fri)

    On 22 February 2019, Ernest Tan (Class of 2019) received the inaugural Bartell Prize awarded at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies’ Human Development Conference (HDC). An Urban Studies major, Ernest was awarded the prize for his capstone research project titled ‘Living Off the Land: Sand Mining, Property Rights, and the Preferential...

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  • [Fieldtrip] Introduction to Urban Studies: Fore...

    5 February 2019 (Tue)

    In February 2019, The Introduction to Urban Studies class visited Forest City Malaysia to consolidate their learning about different modalities of extended urbanisation – the city-region and global urbanisation. Forest City is a mega-development located in the Johor Strait. It is developed by the Chinese-owned Country Garden Pacific View in the ...

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  • [Workshop] Urban Participatory Mapping Workshop

    26 January 2019 (Sat) , 9:00AM-4:00PM
    At Classroom 15

    On 26 January 2019, Kota Kita Foundation led an urban participatory mapping workshop at Yale-NUS College. Speaking to over 30 participants, Kota Kita shared about their extensive work, projects and tools across Indonesia. John Taylor, the co-founder and strategic advisor of Kota Kita Foundation, talked about the principles that maintain the inte...

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  • [Speaker Series] UR-Scape Talk

    10 October 2018 (Wed) , 6:00-7.30PM
    At Classroom 3

    On 10 October 2018, Rosita Samsudin and Serene Chen from the Urban-Rural Systems group at Future Cities Lab (FCL) were invited to introduce UR-Scape, a new cutting-edge mapping tool. This talk is the first of our Mapping the Urban Studies series, organized by the Yale-NUS Urban Studies Department. A live demonstration of the software was...

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  • [Speaker Series] Professor Eli Friedman –...

    2 October 2018 (Tue) , 6:00-7:30PM
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    On 2 October 2018, Professor Nick Smith hosted a lecture ‘The Urbanization of People: Politics of Development, Labor Markets, and Schooling in the Chinese City” by Professor Eli Friedman from Cornell University. In response to recent migrant school and informal housing demolitions, Prof. Friedman examines how the urban governance of China’...

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  • [Speaker Series] Professor Alison Young –...

    29 March 2018 (Thu) , 6:30-8:30 PM
    At Singapore National Library

    On 29 March, Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Jane M Jacobs hosted an event ‘Street Art and Cultural Value: the place of art in a public city’, where Professor Alison Young from the University of Melbourne presented research on the intricacies of street art as a cultural practice, the complexities of the reception of...

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  • [Workshop] The Inaugural Yale-NUS Mapathon

    26 February 2018 (Mon) , 9:00AM-3:00PM
    At Yale-NUS Computer Lab

    On Feb. 26, the Yale-NUS College Urban Studies Department organized the inaugural Yale-NUS Mapathon. 12 Yale-NUS students from Yale-NUS gathered at the Computer Lab to learn how to use geospatial technology to create digital maps. Their purpose was to contribute to the open-source Geographic Information System (GIS) called OpenStreetMap. Partici...

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  • [Speaker Series] Professor Roland Fletcher R...

    14 February 2018 (Wed) , 6:30 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    The Urban Studies team collaborated with the Yale-NUS Ancient Worlds Cluster to host a Public Lecture by the archaeologist Professor Roland Fletcher (University of Sydney). Prof. Fletcher is an expert on settlement growth and decline over time. He is author of The Limits of Settlement Growth, and lead scientist on the Greater Ankor Project, whic...

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  • [Speaker Series] Constructing Singapore Public ...

    17 August 2017 (Thu) , 6:00-7:30PM
    At Yale-NUS Performance Hall
    Speaker(s): Dr Limin Hee

    In August 2017, Urban Studies at Yale-NUS and Centre for Liveable Cities  co-hosted a panel discussion on Public Space in Singapore that attracted almost 100 students and members of the public. The panel discussion was moderated by Prof Jane M. Jacobs and took as its starting point Dr Limin Hee’s 2017 book Constructing Singapore Public Space. Pa...

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  • [Workshop] Community Planning in China Workshop...

    23 June 2017 (Fri)
    At Yale-NUS College

    On 23rd and 24th June 2017, 20 international planning scholars gathered at Yale-NUS College for a workshop entitled “Community Planning in China.” Featuring nine original papers, the workshop explored emergent practices of planning and development in China’s urban and rural communities. Workshop participants discussed the constitution of communi...

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  • [LAB] London: City in Transition

    16 May 2017 (Tue)

    For one week in May 2017 eighteen students joined Prof. Jane M Jacobs and landscape architect Ms. Victoria Marshall for a summer LAB (Learning Across Boundaries) focusing on regeneration in London.  They explored many different regeneration phases: from the rebuilding after the Great Fire; to Georgian and Victorian era renewals; through to the d...

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  • [LAB] San Francisco: Placemaking & Communit...

    14 February 2017 (Tue)

    For one week in February 2017, eighteen students joined Prof. Nick Smith and Prof. Catherine Sanger for a learning trip on community development in the hotbed of the 1960s Counterculture movement, San Francisco. They visited San Francisco’s famed and unique neighborhoods, each is a sanctuary to a community with a shared identity across eth...

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  • [Speaker Series] Connectography

    9 February 2017 (Thu) , 6:00-7:00PM
    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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  • [Speaker Series] PiD: Designing with People and...

    25 January 2017 (Wed) , 6:00-8:00PM
    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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  • [Fieldtrip] Creative Cities: One North Cluster

    28 October 2016 (Fri)

    The Creative Cities class went on a morning fieldtrip to explore the nearby One North urban cluster and visit Infinite Studios and IMDA to talk to people from the local media industry. One North is made up of multiple ‘polis’s that provide infrastructure like office space, research and production facilities, and combines this with residential...

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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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  • [Speaker Series] Innovative Urban Solutions wit...

    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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  • [Speaker Series] 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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  • [Speaker Series] Cognitive Maps of U-Town and w...

    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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  • [LAB] The American Pastoral: The Construction o...

    13 September 2016 (Tue)

    Is nature natural? Can the urban be rural? Are cities made of open spaces surrounded by buildings or buildings surrounded by open spaces? Led by Professor Nick Smith, the freshmen set out to one of the oldest cities in the United States to explore the conceptual and material construction of nature as an integral component...

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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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  • [Fieldtrip] Bandung: The Experience of Peri-urb...

    11 March 2016 (Fri)

    Students from both classes visited Bandung, the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province. Students were given a tour by local students from various universities around Bandung city, where they learnt about the developments and plans that were shaping the growth of Bandung. Students also explored Rancaekek, a peri-urban area also known as a desa...

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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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  • [Speaker Series] The Future of Urban Studies &a...

    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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  • [Speaker Series] 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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  • [Fieldtrip] Divided Cities: Singapore’s Chinatown

    30 October 2015 (Fri)

    As part of the Divided Cities 2014, Prof Jane Jacobs led a trip to Singapore’s Chinatown. The class visited Singapore’s Chinatown as a variant example of an urban ethnic enclave. Students were asked to identify which features of the built environment and social life indicated it was a ‘Chinatown’. They were asked to then think...

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  • [LAB] Huizhou: History, Agriculture, and the Fu...

    28 October 2015 (Wed)

    As part of a Week 7 Learning Across Boundaries (LAB) project, a group of Freshmen students together with Prof. Nick Smith visited the rural areas of Anhui, China. There, they accessed and compared the development trajectories of a few villages. They also engaged the local villagers and village officials and gained a deeper understanding of...

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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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  • [Speaker Series] Between Two Ferns with the Arc...

    11 October 2015 (Sun) , 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    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 Rector’s Tea, where we’ll be having an intimate Q&A...

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  • [LAB] Placemaking RC4: Casa Clementi

    18 September 2015 (Fri)

    In the first semester of the College, Prof Jane Jacobs teamed with philosopher Prof Matthew Walker and ran a Week 7 Learning Across Boundaries Programme (LAB), titled ‘Placemaking RC4’. Yale-NUS is a new College in a new but temporary building: how were students going to start to feel at home and to make their own...

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  • [LAB] Placemaking RC4: ETH-Singapore’s Future C...

    17 September 2015 (Thu)

    The researchers and scientists at ETH’s Future Cities Lab are great supporters of the Yale-NUS Urban Studies programme. Our students visit their nearby laboratory-studio often and researchers there assist with Yale-NUS courses, lead fieldtrips and support internships. In our Placemaking RC4 Lab of 2014, FCL researchers showed students historic m...

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  • [Fieldtrip] Introduction to Urban Studies: Batam

    17 September 2015 (Thu)

    The students in Introduction to Urban Studies 2015 visited Batam, an Indonesian island a mere 40 minute ferry ride south of Singapore, located in the Riau Archipelago. Why would an urban studies class go to a nearby island, which is largely non-urban? Well, a city is always embedded in a region. One of the ways...

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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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  • [Speaker Series] 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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  • [Speaker Series] The Just City in the Context o...

    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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  • [Exhibition] Telling the story of Singapore by ...

    To be announced
    At Yale-NUS Performance Hall Foyer

    Starting from Semester II AY2015/16, in a collaboration with an external think tank, Yale-NUS College has jointly conducted a course, called Urban Spatial Reasoning, with the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), a multidisciplinary research programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre focused on urban sustainability. The course focused on the value of spati...

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