When you think of dense cities, perhaps sustainability is the last word you’d associate with it. But at the Dense+Green cities webinar, we discussed how good design can make dense and green cities possible.
We organised the Dense+Green Cities: Architecture as Urban Ecosystem online presentation and panel discussion on 5 May, together with the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Our panellists and participants had a discussion of what sustainable dense and green cities could be, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the planning and design of future cities.
Here are the 3 things we learned from the discussion:
1. Density can be designed well. It can be the ultimate test of intelligent design making our cities more beautiful, liveable, sustainable and resilient.
2. Urban Ecosystem: Dense+Green buildings fit an ecological context, are an extension of blue-green networks, reduce urban heat islands, encourage rainwater harvesting, and increase biodiversity.
3. Return on Investment: 3-5% increase in construction & maintenance costs yet shows substantial economic and social returns.
Here’s a video of what happened, so don’t worry if you missed it:
Dense+Green Cities showcases the results of a four-year research project of the Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory, ETH Zurich and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. The project explores the interaction between buildings and the city as ecological systems through questions of concept, planning, design, technology, and experience with a focus on Singapore. These dimensions of “green building” that will inform the planning and design of future sustainable high-density high-liveability cities are analysed and presented in an engaging and accessible format including immersive high-definition drone videos and research data visualisations.
Type of Audience
- For Designers
- For Students
Type of Design
- Landscape Architecture
- Urban Design
Singapore University of Technology and Design
Name: Daniel Wong