Topic: Conserving our modern built heritage amidst en bloc collective sale fever
Group Members: Foo Ming Yee, Regina Marie Lee Shu Wei, Monnaphat Jongdeepaisal, Xu Qiaoqiao
Client: Singapore Heritage Society
Faculty Advisor: Asst. Prof Joo Yu Min
Time: 2.30pm to 3.00pm
In the last two years, Singapore has seen many of its buildings sold collectively (‘en bloc’) for redevelopment. These deals amounted to more than $8 billion in 2017, raising concerns that the pace of urban redevelopment is proceeding too fast. This is especially so for buildings of high heritage value on sale, such as Golden Mile Complex and People’s Park Complex, or already sold, like Pearl Bank Apartments. This PAE project seeks to explore the current gaps in en bloc policy that allow for the demolition of modernist strata-titled buildings, using Golden Mile Complex as a case study. Our research explores the different kinds of value inherent in a building site, such as the social, cultural and heritage value, and which the en bloc sales process prioritises and ignores. Building off our fieldwork and research, we propose policy recommendations to better address the interests of multiple stakeholders, and an evaluation of how these recommendations would fare with different stakeholders.
Topic: one-north: How has it fared? Development Prospects and Future Directions
Group Members: Fahim Ali, Bayaraa Temuulen, Choo Whee Yhee Jarrod, Hor Chor Kiat, Sarah Li Hui, Yichen Zhu
Client: Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Ministry of National Development, Singapore
Faculty Advisor: Asst. Prof Joo Yu Min
Time: 3.10pm to 3.40pm
In December 2001, one-north was conceptualised as an economic and urban development project to promote entrepreneurial high-tech businesses and startups in the fields of science and technology through the creation of an innovative science hub. Almost 18 years have passed since the project’s launch; it is therefore expedient for the Singapore Government to take stock on how one-north has fared as an innovation district, reflecting on its achievements and limitations. Furthermore, given the rapid changes taking place in global and local economies, it is also necessary for the government and its relevant authorities to reexamine the mission and objectives of one-north. Such insights are useful in considering how policies and programmes on governance and planning towards one-north can be implemented to realign not only one-north’s purpose, but its economic prospects in addressing current and future directions of the Singapore economy.
Topic: Achieving Low Carbon City in Asia: Promoting the Usage of Public Transport for Tourists in Chiang Mai
Group Members: Gianina Amadira, Mirza Akmarizal Ghazaly, Zhang Hao Sylvia, Sokichi Morioka, Ren Wanxuan, Meng Le
Client: United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Faculty Advisor: Asst. Prof Mehmet Akif Demircioglu
Time: 4.00pm to 4.30pm
Global warming and climate change have become major concerns in development, with transportation being one of the biggest generators of global greenhouse gases emissions. The issue of public transport usage, hence, became important in order to reduce carbon emission. The city of Chiang Mai, a popular tourist destination in northern Thailand with approximately 600,000 inhabitants, is not an exception. Since there is no effective public transportation system, staggering number of private vehicles are registered daily, increasing the city’s carbon emission. In addition, traffic congestion and high traffic accident rate have also been an issue in Chiang Mai. UNDP, in cooperation with the government of Chiang Mai aimed to increase the usage of public transport by tourists, as one of the measures in reducing carbon emission. Through literature review, survey, interviews, and field observation, we found that the public transport system in Chiang Mai is not designed with tourists’ usage in mind. The main barriers for tourists to use public transport are language and the absence of clear guidance. Furthermore, the public transport system itself needs an improvement. Introduction of more effective, efficient, user-friendly, and environment-friendly transport modes should be considered as a measure to reduce carbon emission in Chiang Mai.
Topic: An Assessment of Sustainability Practices of Companies in Singapore, Myanmar, and the Philippines
Group Members: Cho Zin Thet, Anjali Shivananda, Naga Trinadh Burra, Tatum Palad Ramos
Client: Global Compact Network Singapore (United Nations Global Compact)
Faculty Advisor: Assoc. Prof Eduardo Araral
Time: 4.40pm to 5.10pm
Corporate sustainability has been a prevalent concept in the world of business in recent years, but difficulties are still faced in determining the status and progress of the sustainability practices of companies. There is a paucity of evaluations that examine the alignment of ongoing business practices with sustainability principles being promoted by international organizations. This research aims to fill in the gap by assessing sustainability practices of selected companies in Singapore, Myanmar, and the Philippines using the Responsibility Index Communicator for Enterprises (RICE) Tool which was recently launched by the Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), the local chapter of the United Nations Global Compact. A review of related literature is conducted, and the GCNS’ RICE Tool is administered to selected companies in the three countries. An analysis is carried out, and recommendations are provided to improve the companies’ sustainability.
Topic: Getting parking right: A case study on parking management in Singapore and how to leverage it for going car-lite
Group Members: Samuel Mark Wempe, Johan Martin Seland, Maria Isabel Urrutia Villanueva, Ravi Shankar Jha
Faculty Advisor: Asst. Prof Lee You-Na
Time: 5.20pm to 5.50pm
Government of Singapore intends to push Singapore towards a car-lite future. By 2030 it aims to increase the peak hour public transport mode share to 75%.1 nuTonomy has been working with AVs in Singapore since 2011, and believes that autonomous vehicles (AVs) can help Singapore transition to a car-lite future. nuTonomy suspects that extant parking regime – where parking is abundantly available- may be a hindrance in adoption of AVs by encouraging private car usage.
This case study on parking dynamics in Singapore provides nuTonomy with in-depth understanding and recommendations for optimizing parking management so that it contributes to a car-lite city. We use 2018 data on HDB parking spaces, expert interviews, and GIS mapping to analyze how much parking is used and how this changes across the city according to parking supply, pricing and proximity to public transport. Our results show that parking is underutilized in varying degrees across the city and might therefore be undermining efforts to go car-lite.