Exploring New Paradigms in High-Density Vertical Hybrids

Swinal Samant
Senior Lecturer
National University of Singapore, Singapore

By the year 2050, the world population is set to increase to nine billion people, of which 75 percent are expected to live in urban centers (Hargrave and Wilson, 2013). It is argued that this will inevitably lead to further densification which, in turn, may result in soaring, inhumane, and dense vertical environments and add further stress on cities and their limited land and other resources; however, innovative and disruptive technologies impacting all realms of life means that we will also live, work, play, learn, and create in novel ways, the beginnings of which are already evident. Urbanists present opportunities for reimagining cities through reducing redundancies, re-appropriating existing buildings and infrastructure, and incorporating new models for sustainable living. This presentation examined how vertical cities could be dense, resource efficient, and humane, and presents two possible scenarios for Singapore’s context, common to many Asian high-density urban environments. The scenarios presented were the outcome of Final Year Thesis Projects undertaken at the National University of Singapore. The common themes identified included increased connectivity and flexibility, transport integration, mixed-use environments, and green/social democratic spaces.

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