Speaker Series

  • TACO: Darren Soh

    23 March 2021 (Tue) , 1900
    At Black Box Theatre

    The Architecture Collective (TACO), a Yale-NUS student organisation, hosts award-winning local photographer Darren Soh who discusses the significance of his works depicting “everyday modernism”.

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  • Conceptualising the Neighbourhood as a Site of ...

    17 March 2021 (Wed)
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    Kong Chong Ho gives a lecture to underline the importance of neighbourhoods. He asks us to consider Fallov’s (2010) argument of the neighbourhood as third way to city building, an alternative to state-led and market-led approaches.

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  • Urban Studies: In Practice 3

    18 November 2020 (Wed)

    Alumni from the US major will be sharing what they have been up to next Wednesday! Se Ern, Woon Wei, Gertie and Xin You are pursuing careers in a variety of sectors and some of them have also completed further studies. RSVP and see you all online to find out more about what life after...

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  • Urban Studies: In Practice 2

    12 October 2020 (Mon)

    The second installment of our roundtable discussion series that provides opportunities to interact with urban professionals. Come with questions and be prepared to gain job market advice and insight into urban-related fields!   Lulu Li is an Associate at Skidmore, Owings, and Merill, an architecture collective that places an emphasis on cre...

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  • Urban Studies: In Practice

    9 September 2020 (Wed)

    A new roundtable discussion series to provide students with opportunities to interact with urban professionals. Come with questions and be prepared to gain job market advice and insight into urban-related fields.   Kevin Hsu is the Senior Assistant Director at the Centre for Livable Cities. He is passionate about sustainable clean energy sy...

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  • Casino Urbanisms: Spectacle, Enclaves, Networks

    26 August 2020 (Wed)

    Dr. Kah-Wee Lee, Associate Director of NUS’s Master in Urban Planning Program, delivered a fascinating lecture about casino urbanism on Wednesday evening. According to him, the liberalization of commercial gambling and the accumulation of immense private wealth in Asia has led to a boom in the global casino industry. Today, Macau, Singapor...

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  • Traditionalism versus Modernism in the City

    18 February 2020 (Tue)

    This guest lecture was delivered by Michael Herzfeld, the Ernest E. Monrad Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Focusing on Bangkok, but but introducing comparative perspectives from Athens and Rome, Professor Herzfeld addressed the problems faced by local groups struggling to remain as resid...

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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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  • [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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  • [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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  • [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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  • [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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  • [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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  • [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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  • [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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