January 4, 2015
Vertical Cities Asia 2015 Launches
This year’s Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition has officially launched.
In the fifth of this series of competitions, the theme is "Everyone Contributes" with the competition site located in Paya Lebar, Singapore.
This year’s theme is inspired by the symbiotic structure of the ecological system where the functioning of every organism contributes to supporting and sustaining the wellbeing of the ecology. The theme emphasizes the idea of community, networks, resource sharing, circular economy, collaboration, adaptability and resilience. It examines instrumental dynamics between agencies and communities at enriching the quality of life. Such living environment will also include the attainment of wellness and happiness as part of its urban metric.
This year’s competition site is the current Paya Lebar Air Base situated within the eastern part of Singapore. It takes its name from the larger district of Paya Lebar which in Malay means the "big swamplands" describing its physical landform in its early days.
As with past years, ten renowned universities from around the world are participating in the competition. They are: Tsinghua University, Tongji University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tokyo University, ETH Zurich, Delft University of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and the National University of Singapore.
From July 7-9, 2015, student teams from the participating universities will present their projects at the National University of Singapore. The symposium and exhibition will discuss and showcase the issues and the exploration of ideas presented by the ten international universities participating in the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition. The five Jury members of the competition will also be sharing their perspectives on the design of sustainable high density built environments in Asia.
The competition is organized by National University of Singapore (NUS) and co-sponsored by World Future Foundation (WFF) and Beijing Vantone Citylogic Investment Corporation.
For more information on the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition, please visit: http://www.verticalcitiesasia.com/.
(Text by Joseph Sim)