NUS Research on Sustainable Asian Cities

Climate change, escalating energy costs and resource depletion are urgent global concerns. They pose serious questions on the sustainability of continued growth and development of countries, and liveability of cities. These concerns are more acute in high density cities, such as those in Asia, where rapid urban growth is often accompanied by serious environmental problems such as urban pollution, transport congestion, waste accumulation, loss of biodiversity and deforestation, erosion of cultural heritage, high consumption of non-renewable energy, with resultant compromises on the quality of life. This situation has opened up many new research opportunities that call for multi-disciplinary approaches which are premised on sound understanding of the complex nature of cities, design innovations and appropriate research methods and tools.

The Centre of Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC) harnesses and synergises the research expertise of the three departments in SDE, namely the Departments of Architecture, Building and Real Estate, each of which has domain expertise that can respond to the myriad challenges presented by these opportunities. Individually or in research groups, faculty members in these departments have already been actively researching into many issues of the environment for over a decade. Notable areas of research include Heat Island Studies, Greening of Industrial Estates, Energy Benchmarking and Modelling, Building Environmental Performance, Green Plot Ratio, Sustainable Neighbourhoods, Urban Spaces and other aspects of sustainable cities. SDE faculty and students have won international design competitions for green buildings and cities, all of which demonstrated the ability of our researchers to integrate the many critical environmental, social and economic dimensions in the design of sustainable environments at different scales.

 

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