Singapore and the science of cities

How does one design a sustainable city fit for the future and its many challenges? Here’s a glimpse into the emerging science of cities, its tools and how Singapore is applying it in urban planning.

In preparing for climate change, Singapore is piloting the use of polders in order to protect a large island, Pulau Tekong, against rising sea levels while proving that land reclamation costs can be reduced at the same time, says the writer. PHOTO: HDB

In her influential book, The Death And Life Of Great American Cities, the world-famous urbanist Jane Jacobs wrote: "City processes in real life are too complex to be routine, too particularised for application as abstractions.

They are always made up of interactions among unique combinations of particulars, and there is no substitute for knowing the particulars."

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