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Cities in Mind is your go-to destination to learn about cities, technology, innovation and the people behind them. All that through an Asian perspective. My name is Fabien and I am an urbanist who has been living in Singapore since 2015. Welcome! citiesinmind.substack.com

Cities in Mind is your go-to destination to learn about cities, technology, innovation and the people behind them. All that through an Asian perspective. My name is Fabien and I am an urbanist who has been living in Singapore since 2015. Welcome! citiesinmind.substack.com

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Cities in Mind is your go-to destination to learn about cities, technology, innovation and the people behind them. All that through an Asian perspective. My name is Fabien and I am an urbanist who has been living in Singapore since 2015. Welcome! citiesinmind.substack.com

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English


Episodes

🌱 [Pod] The Power of Regenerative Design: Flourish in Asia

4/6/2022
Hello everyone! Our podcast series is back this week with an exciting episode about the power of regenerative design and what it means for cities across Asia. Wait, what is regenerative design? For more than three decades, architects, planners, designers and others shaping the built environment have been following and promoting sustainable design. In 1987, the United Nations’ Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability...

Duration:00:57:26

🛴 [Pod] Micromobility: Turning a corner in Asia Pacific

1/19/2022
🛴 🚲 Hi everyone! If you’re regularly reading this newsletter, you know that I am quite excited about all things micromobility-related. Over the past few years, micromobility vehicles have expanded transportation options in cities across the world and stretched the radius that people can travel without a car. Micromobility covers a large range of vehicles, typically weighing less than 500kg, some of them existing for centuries, which have been propelled into the 21st century by the...

Duration:00:48:56

🌤 Episode 14 - Toward Blue Skies: Energy and Clean Air in Asia

12/15/2021
Hi everyone, In this week’s podcast episode, we’ll explore the intersection between energy production and air quality in Southeast Asia, a complex, yet fascinating, topic which encapsulates multiple challenges ranging from climate action, transition to clean energy and social justice. Air pollution is a silent killer whose health impacts concern almost every one of us. In 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that more than 90% of the global population lived in areas where...

Duration:00:40:05

🌱 Episode 13 - From Linear to Circular: Southeast Asia's New Economy

11/24/2021
Hi everyone, In this week’s podcast, we dig a little deeper into the circular economy and its potentials for the built environment, taking the case of Southeast Asian countries and cities. I had the pleasure to discuss with Devni Acharya, Senior Consultant, Advisory, Planning and Design at ARUP Singapore. Devni has consulted on projects across the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and now Asia Pacific, advising cities, investors and developers on circular economy projects as they work...

Duration:00:37:01

Episode 12 - Making Sense of China’s Urban Future 🇨🇳

10/20/2021
Hello everyone! China has long been a blindspot for me and I decided to educate myself more about its growing and undeniable importance. China is at a critical moment in its history and current events might have long term consequences on the country’s future. From the Evergrande real estate crisis, Xi Jinping’s current crackdown on capitalism to an acceleration of climate change-related events (dramatic summer floods), China’s urban development model is under the spotlight. The conflict...

Duration:00:51:56

Episode 11- Deep Cities: Is Underground Urbanism the Future ?

10/6/2021
After a 2-month trip back to Europe (followed by a 2-week quarantine 😬 ), I am back on track and happy to relaunch the Cities in Mind newsletter with a new podcast episode. Today, we'll cover a very exciting topic: 🚇 Underground Urbanism Forget about skyscrapers or land reclamation, underground is the next frontier of cities! We used to go higher, wider and now it's time to go deeper. Why should we care about the underground ? Why has it become a necessity for land-scarce and...

Duration:00:43:54

Episode 10 - Tactical Urbanism in Asia: the City at Eye Level

7/7/2021
In this episode, we’ll discuss the potential of tactical urbanism in creating more space for people to meet, walk, socialise and play safely. As we move towards a new COVID-19 normal, it is crucial to rethink how our streets and open spaces operate and how they could be more flexible in their usages and functions. Tactical urbanism could help achieve that in a systematic and cost-effective way. Some examples include turning parking spaces into temporary parks, pop-up cultural and retail...

Duration:00:37:09

Episode 09- When Nature is the Solution: Cities in Green & Blue

6/23/2021
In this episode, we’ll discuss the potential of nature-based solutions in cities to adapt to climate change, reduce disaster risk, benefit the environment and improve community living. 🌊 In many Asian coastal cities, mangroves, coral reefs, wetlands, forests can play an important role in helping urban areas withstand the impacts of climate change, sea-level rise, floods or typhoons. Yet, they are facing a high risk of degradation, as a result of rapid urbanisation. 🌱 Nature-based...

Duration:00:40:50

Episode 08- Putting a mid-sized city on the map: the journey of Penang, Malaysia

6/9/2021
In this short episode, I’ll bring you to Penang, a mid-sized city of 1.7 million, located in the northwest coast of Malaysia. Penang is very unique in many aspects. It is known as the Silicon Valley of the East for its semiconductor industries. It is a growing start-up hub and it is one of Malaysia's most vital economic powerhouses. It boasts a very diverse cultural heritage, with its urban core George Town and being an island, it has many natural green and blue assets. Penang is in the...

Duration:00:26:44

Episode 07 - Cooling Cities - The Rise of Climatic Urban Design in Asia

5/25/2021
🏙 Cities in Mind is your go-to destination to learn about cities, technology, innovation and the people behind them. All that through an Asian perspective. About me: 👋🏻 I am Fabien, an urban planner based in Singapore since 2015. I write this regular newsletter and host a podcast series, that you can find on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. If you’re seeing this newsletter for the first time, feel free to sign up so you don’t miss the next issues and podcast episodes. You can also share...

Duration:00:32:51

Episode 06 - Behind the Block: Reinventing Public Housing in Singapore and Vietnam

5/11/2021
🏙 Cities in Mind is your go-to destination to learn about cities, technology, innovation and the people behind them. All that through an Asian perspective. About me: 👋🏻 I am Fabien, an urban planner based in Singapore since 2015. I write this regular newsletter and host a podcast series, that you can find on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. If you’re seeing this newsletter for the first time, feel free to sign up so you don’t miss the next issues and podcast episodes. You can also share...

Duration:00:39:25

Episode 05 - Futures Thinking: the Secret Weapon of Resilient Cities

4/13/2021
🏙 Cities in Mind is your go-to destination to learn about cities, technology, innovation and the people behind them. All that through an Asian perspective. About myself: 👋🏻 I am Fabien, an urban planner based in Singapore since 2015. I write this regular newsletter and host a podcast series, that you can find on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. If you’re seeing this newsletter for the first time, feel free to sign up so you don’t miss the next issues and podcast episodes. You can also share...

Duration:00:37:07

Episode 04 - The Rise of Q-Commerce in Asian Cities

4/5/2021
🏙 Cities in Mind is your go-to destination to learn about cities, technology, innovation and the people behind them. All that through an Asian perspective. About myself: 🙋🏻‍♂️ I am Fabien, a passionate urbanist based in Singapore since 2015. I write this regular newsletter and host a podcast series, that you can find on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. If you’re seeing this newsletter for the first time, feel free to sign up so you don’t miss the next issues and podcast episodes. 🛍...

Duration:00:38:02

Episode 03 - Adaptive Reuse for Vibrant Precincts

3/22/2021
Hello everyone! In this third episode, I bring you to one of Singapore’s most iconic streets : Keong Saik Road, near Chinatown. 👋🏻 If you like the episode, don’t forget to add 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and write a review on Apple Podcasts to help me pursue this adventure! In the 60s, Keong Saik used to be a red light district but steady conservation and renovation of its various shophouses (a prevalent building type in Singapore's architectural and built heritage) have paved the way for a very...

Duration:00:35:30

Episode 02 Urban Farming: Feeding the Cities of Tomorrow

3/15/2021
🌾 Worldwide, urban Farming is on the rise. It has become an important strategy for cities to respond to a wide array of challenges, ranging from climate change adaptation to food security. But beyond food production, have you ever wondered what could be the other social benefits of urban agriculture? In this second episode, I discuss with Bjorn Low, a passionate urban farmer who leads the grow-your-own-food movement here in Singapore. Bjorn has created and is currently running Edible...

Duration:00:38:18

5 reasons to subscribe to Cities in Mind

3/8/2021
Hello everybody! In this short episode, I am sharing with you 5️⃣ reasons to subscribe to the Cities in Mind Newsletter and Podcast series! I am currently working on two new episodes, featuring two Singaporean super stars who are shaking up the local urban scene. Stay tuned! 🏙 1st reason: You work in the space of urban design, planning or development and you want to understand the new trends that will shape our cities. 🌏 2nd reason: The Asian angle. I have been living in Singapore for...

Duration:00:02:41

Episode 01 - Creative Cities in the Social Media Age

2/16/2021
The creative city concept has been a popular global planning paradigm since the late 1980s. Many cities over the world have embraced the idea of urban regeneration and have placed creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans. 📱 Today, the rapid success of social media platforms, such as Instagram, TikTok and now ClubHouse is shaking up this widespread planning approach and giving a boost to local urban art and cultural scenes. 🎨 Cultural industries have also...

Duration:01:05:51