Vertical Cities Asia: International Design Competition and Symposium 2014 (Volume 4: Everyone Connects)

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Edited by Tomohisa Miyauchi

Asian cities are developing at an unparalleled pace, fuelled by the rise in urban population and economic development. With development focused on the production and output of commercial industries, the growth of many cities has overlooked disadvantaged citizens, who remain disconnected to basic amenities, transport services and economic opportunities.

The aim of the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium is to encourage design explorations and research into new urban models for urban environments in Asian cities challenged by the task of providing infrastructural services for all citizens. Previous editions of the VCA, 'Everyone Needs Fresh Air' (Chengdu, 2011), 'Everyone Ages' (Seoul, 2012) and 'Everyone Harvests' (Hanoi, 2013), focused on providing urban planning methods to address key environmental and social issues faced by developing cities.

The fourth edition (Mumbai, 2014) is themed 'Everyone Connects' and investigates potential solutions to the metropolitan fragmentation and the dispersal of informal settlements throughout cities, and the exclusion of certain members of the populace from economic opportunities and social activities. The solutions include designing and encouraging communal and economic links, revelling in the sense of community and the intimate culture of Mumbai. The theme calls for innovative structural methods that provide significant allowance for citizens to interact with the built environment, to stem the sense of separation from the city. This book presents the wide spectrum of innovative design and theoretical approaches discussed in the competition teams' schemes and symposium papers.

The Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium is organised by the National University of Singapore's School of Design and Environment, and is sponsored by the World Future Foundation and Beijing Vantone Citylogic Investment Corporation. Participating in this project are the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Delft University of Technology, National University of Singapore, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Tongji University, Tsinghua University, University of California (UC) Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Tokyo.

Tomohisa Miyauchi is senior lecturer at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.

Publication Year: 2015
226 pages, 303mm x 230mm 
ISBN: 978-9810-95-994-4, Paperback

Published by School of Design and Environment, NUS 
Distributed by NUS Press