Industry Spotlight on Singapore: from Smart City to Smart Nation

Last week we spoke about our 2018 BILT ASIA Keynote speaker Paul Doherty, who’s topic “Smart Cities and our Industry” is not-to-be-missed – particularly for the Asian building and construction world.

Coincidentally, our friends over at RICS (whose members we are also offering a 10% discount to attend this year’s BILT ASIA) are also hosting the REDAS-RICS Smart Building Conference on 15 March, with more than 30 companies at the Holiday Inn in Singapore Orchard City Center, which will also have a focus on “Smart Cities”, sustainable buildings and urban development.

Smart Cities and their evolution

Smart cities are driven by a series of parameters that help define, shape and hone them. These often include its people and culture, its economy, the latest technologies, innovative approaches to dealing with the design and management of space, or perhaps some cataclysmic effect or the climate. No two cities are alike, they’re all different, but they can be broadly put into three different generations:

  • Generation 1.0: Governments aspire to improve cities and their impact on the local and national economy through technology, as well as through legislation and the power of multi-national corporation investments. They can often be perceived as having a rather “top-down” approach to smart planning.
  • Generation 2.0: These are often a reaction against the first wave of technology-centric smart cities. Occupants understand the importance of technology, but also want to know where people factor in — what’s in it for them? They can often be perceived as having a “bottom up” approach to smart planning.
  • Generation 3.0: These acknowledge the preceding two generations and are also conscious of spatial and environmental issues. What about open space? Greenery? Nature? The environment? It’s a reaction to global events like the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) and environmental legalisation. They can often be perceived as having both a “top-down” and “bottom-up” approach to smart planning.

What is fascinating about Singapore is that it appears to have leapfrogged from a 1.0 to a 3.0. The young nation had the money and government-power to push for a 1.0, and acknowledged its place as a garden city in Asia, which is why it became a 3.0. But now Singapore is trying to focus on its people, the arts, culture and fostering a creative industry, and this is where it can learn a lot from its neighbours.

Home to over 5.5 million people and the third densest city in the world, Singapore has achieved impressive growth in just over 50 years. Having navigated its way from colonial trading outpost to a leading city-state, the young nation is now building its digital infrastructure.

Now, with government setting its sights on the next frontier, award-winning architect, academic, author and TV presenter Jason Pomeroy will talk about what challenges Singapore may face as it plans to become the world’s first “smart nation” at the REDAS-RICS Smart Building Conference

Register Now for this year’s BILT ASIA for more information on industry trends and technology.

A RICS Member? Use the code RICSBILT2018 to access the 10% discount off a 3 day pass



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