Great Asian Streets Symposium / Pacific Rim Community Design Network / Structures for Inclusion


December 14, 2018

14 -16 December 2018, National University of Singapore

Organised by the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore

This international conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners and students from the three networks in Asia (Great Asian Streets Symposium), Pacific Rim (Pacific Rim Community Design Network) and the U.S. (Design Corps and SEED Network) to share multiple perspectives on Emerging Civic Urbanisms and Designing for Social Impact.

With rising awareness of the impacts of environmental degradation and growing social and economic polarisation, various forms of civic urbanisms are emerging around the world as an alternative to the growth-oriented and market-driven urban development of the past. This implies an awakened desire for a new paradigm in society based on more sustainable ways of life, which contributed to the increased interest in communal life and shared identities in localities, with greater emphasis on well-being, quality of life, social inclusion, environmental consciousness, and active participation of citizens in decision-making.

In a fast changing political and social context, this conference draws attention to the possibilities and challenges that we face while moving towards a more inclusive and sustainable future. It provides a timely platform for scholars, professionals and students interested in contemporary urbanisation and its future trajectories to question and reflect upon the ways we approach our built environment through various planning and design processes to inspire new visions of urbanism.

Please follow the link for information on conference themes/sub-themes, abstract submission, and registration. For the conference this year, we are looking for proposals for working groups, paper presentations, and poster presentations. Specifically, the half-day, working group sessions would allow time for in-depth exploration and collaboration by a group of participants. We encourage you to consider all 
possible formats. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2018.

There is also the  SEED + Pacific Rim Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design held in conjunction with the conference. 6 winners will be selected to receive USD $3000 each to support travel to join the conference. 
Please see here for eligibility, criteria, and requirement for submission, etc. — Deadline for submission is July 15, 2018.

Symposium Themes

We invite papers, posters, thematic working groups under the following sub-themes related to research, practice, education, and design pedagogy.

Main theme: 
Emerging Civic Urbanisms / Designing for Social Impact

Grassroots advocacy and activism 
Collaborative/citizen-driven placemaking
Heritage conservation
Community building and engagement 
Urban commons and sharing city
Environmental well-being

Registration closes on 20 Nov 2018