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1st Sustainable Tropical Urbanism Symposium: Tropical Cities in a Warming World

September 27


The world’s urban population surpassed the rural population for the first time in 2007, reflecting a global shift from agriculture to manufacturing, services, and finance. The urbanisation process is so intense that by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. The growth of tropical cities is a key component in this shift. Indeed, tropical urbanisation grew from 31% in 1980 to 45% in 2010. In Southeast Asia alone, urban dwellers increased from 110 million to 360 million over the same period and almost 50% of people now live in urban environments.


How tropical cities respond to climate in an era of climate change

  • Designing cities, towns and communities to cope with climate change
  • Sustainable green and blue infrastructure in tropical cities
  • Disaster management and resilience
  • Transport and mobility in a tropical environment
  • Urban farming


Creation/curation of tropical space and place

  • Planning to include cultural diversity in rapid urbanising tropical cities
  • Social and planning policy development
  • Liveability and sustainability of public space in tropical cities
  • Sport and well-being in tropical cities
  • Sustainable heritage conservation in the tropic
  • Sustainable urban tourism in tropical cities and its impact on the built environment
  • Pop-up and temporary architecture as enablers of active public space
  • The economic benefits of good design
  • Healthy spaces


Methods for tropical urban research

  • Field studies in tropical environments
  • Participatory design techniques
  • Urban photography and sketching


Visit the James Cook University Singapore website for more information.





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