Study Space XI: Singapore

City Redevelopment, Infrastructure and Heritage in the Era of Climate Change

Sunday, June 17 – Friday, June 22 • Singapore

Since independence from Malaysia 52 years ago, the city-state has transformed itself into the leading financial and technology hub of Southeast Asia, home to one of the world’s greatest ports, and an international model for urban planning, infrastructure development and water treatment.

However, growth in this densely populated island nation presents many challenges, and how Singapore adapts could serve as a model for cities around the world.  How do you grow with natural resource and land limitations?  How do you balance preservation of cultural heritage and historic sites with development?  How do you plan for the threat of climate change?  What role can innovation, data collection and technology play?

In addition to learning how Singapore is tackling these issues, participants will gain a broader, comparative perspective with a day focused on Hong Kong and other Asia Pacific countries.  Themes explored over the week include:

  • Balancing economic goals with natural resource and land limitations
  • Land-use law, urban planning, housing and equitable and sustainable development
  • Smart city movement, infrastructure finance, and taxation
  • Cultural heritage and historic preservation
  • Land reclamation, environmental law, greenspace preservation, and climate change

To learn more about the program, contact Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08) at [email protected].

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This schedule provides the theme for the lectures each day, the site visits and planned group meals. The final schedule with times and speakers will be published this spring.

Sunday, June 17: Evening Welcome Reception

Monday, June 18: A Compact International City: Sustainable Singapore

  • Site Visit: Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore City Gallery, City Bus Tour
  • Lunch and dinner included

Tuesday, June 19: Maintaining Identity: Balancing Urban Development and Heritage Protection

  • Site Visit: ICOMOS Singapore, archeaological lab at Fort Canning, and Bukit Brown Cemetery
  • Lunch included

Wednesday, June 20: A Comparative Perspective: Urban Issues in Hong Kong and Beyond

  • Free afternoon for sightseeing or personal research

Thursday, June 21: Water Challenges in Singapore

  • Site Visit: River Cruise to Marina Barrage
  • Lunch included

Friday, June 22: Environmental Management and the Greening of Singapore

  • Site Visit: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Kampung Gelam
  • Lunch and dinner included

The program fee is $1200 and includes scheduled group meals, speaker honoraria and site visits. Hotel, airline tickets and airport ground transportation must be purchased separately. A $600 deposit is due by Friday, April 6 and the remaining $600 is due by Monday, May 4. No refunds will be issued after Monday, May 4.

A block of hotel rooms will be reserved Sunday through Friday nights and is estimated to be $1200 including breakfast daily.  Participants are responsible for booking their hotel rooms and will be provided with the instructions when accepted into the program.

All participants are required to submit their CV or resume, and a short biography upon acceptance into the program.

One month before Study Space begins, participants will receive reading materials and are expected to have studied the materials prior to arrival in Singapore.

Attendees are expected to participate fully, including daily lectures, site visits, group discussions and dinners.  Participants are invited to lead one structured lecture or group discussion, and may submit topics for consideration to Karen Johnston (J.D. '08) at [email protected]

Participants must submit one original article that relates to the Study Space theme, City Redevelopment, Infrastructure and Heritage in the Era of Climate Change, for publication in the open access, online journal, Journal of Comparative Urban Law & Policy, a publication of Georgia State Law's Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.