Urban Megaprojects and Adaptive Planning Challenges: A Comparative View

Join us on 4 July, 14:00 h CET in Labor8, K1 building for a guest lecture by Dr. Naomi C. Hanakata of the National University of Singapore.

Thursday, 04.07.2024 – 14:00h | K1 building, room 8.06 and ONLINE:

The Lecture
A better understanding of an increasingly important typology of urban development. How adaptable and inclusive can urban megaprojects be? Urban Megaprojects – here referred to as Grands Projets – are increasing in number all over the world. They have become major drivers for urban intensification and manifestations of the larger economic and political agenda of their city. As such, the book Grands Projets offer a productive moment to investigate current urban trends in a globally connected form of concentrated urbanisation.
In this context, the lecture will talk about urban megaprojects and adaptive planning challenges.

The Lecturer
Naomi C. Hanakata is an Assistant Professor for Urban Planning at the College for Design and Engineering at the National University of Singapore, where she is the Deputy Director of the Urban Planning Program, and an Associate of the Asia Research Institute. She is also Co-Founder and consultant of HANAKATA, a research and planning practice based in Singapore.
Her work focuses on the research and development of adaptive planning strategies to deal with uncertainties and dynamic urban futures in urban development and planning and spans across theory and practice. Addressing challenges of planetary urbanisation, decarbonisation, decentralisation of resources and digitalisation in planning practice are central in her work towards sustainable and equitable urban futures. She has practiced in Zurich, Tokyo, New York and Singapore as planner and consultant. She has taught at Rice University and ETH Zurich and was educated at ETH, Tokyo University and LSE, and holds a Ph.D. from ETH Zurich (2016). She is also a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar where she launched a community engagement platform, https://empathic-cities.org, as part of a transformative technology network.