Little India. Photo: Stephen Cairns

Future Cities Laboratory (FCL)

Shaping Future Cities: Through Science, by Design, in Place

Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) was established in 2010 as the first programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre. The centre is the only research centre by ETH Zürich outside of Switzerland, and was established in 2010 jointly with Singapore’s National Research Foundation.

The rationale FCL emerges from the challenges of urbanisation and its consequences for Singapore, Asia and the globe. FCL is structured around three problem-oriented and transdisciplinary research ‘scenarios’ that link science, design and specific places:

  1. High-density mixed-use cities: Developing new integrated planning paradigms, research methodologies and implementation processes to support higher population densities, higher standards of environmental sustainability, and enhanced liveability.
  2. Responsive cities: Harnessing the power of information technology to support an integrated, transdisciplinary planning approach that engages the large scale and complexity of future city systems.
  3. Archipelago cities: Proposing viable pathways to sustainable urbanisation in the ASEAN+ region, to ameliorate the threat of uncontrolled urbanisation, and deliver resilient forms of development.

These scenarios combine discipline-specific research in architecture, planning and urban design, mobility and transportation planning, sociology and psychology, landscape and ecosystems, energy systems, materials and engineering, and information technology.

FCL partners Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).