The first part of Term 2 will introduce the CE and offer in depth understanding and the capability of modification of these tools. This part covers CE Basics, Analytics and Typomorphology. Participants will have a solid foundation in CE allowing them to perform urban design related analysis and typomorphological studies. The second part of Term 2 builds upon Term 1 knowledge and links to Singaporean guidelines such as LUSH (URA), ABC (PUB), Town Design Guides(HDB). This part develops CE Specifics that translate disciplinary research to Singaporean applications, and to situated design tools for urban design. This includes topics of flows, pedestrian experience, programme, use, water. CE will use URA’s datasets to develop tools for water sensitive and biophilic urban design. 

Implemented in CE, these tools expand the collective library for URA. This allows customised tools to be used by external collaborators without further CE expertise. CE tools will be tested on the project precincts for the urban design projects in Term 3. 

This Term will be taught in biweekly format with sessions on Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Participants will work in groups. The Term includes a three day workshop on CE with Simon Schubiger.

The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) at the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) developed an educational programme in Advanced Studies in Urban Design (AS-UD) programme for staff of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and other agencies in Singapore. The programme aims to deliver specialist urban design knowledge, skills and understanding as a means to enhance and integrate the diverse disciplinary skills that participants have, such as architectural design, landscape design, and social and environmental analysis.

The AS-UD course in 2019 uses the format of three thematic terms – Theory, Tools, Design – integrating the latest scientific findings of FCL, making advanced use of the urban design tool CityEngine (CE) by ESRI, and integrating knowledge and tools into complex urban design projects. The report publication Urban Elements - Advanced Studies in Urban Design (von Richthofen 2018)is used as course reader.

The Urban Design Studio will be 12 weeks long (March to May 2018). It will apply, test and refine the tools developed in Part 1 on three sites in Queenstown, Singapore towards an urban design project of significant size. The objective of AS-UD 2 Urban Design Studio is to develop the urban design sensibilities and skills to achieve mastery in urban design. Participants of Part 1, by now experts in CityEngine, will meet project planners and conservation architects that contribute expert knowledge. Together, three groups of four participants will develop parametric components in CityEngine for a layered structure plan. On the technical side, the emphasis will be in resolving the interfaces between parametric design components in CityEngine and their combination into a comprehensive parametric urban design project for Singapore. On the design part, the emphasis will be defining the urban issues, developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of site, history, social context and climatic conditions and formulating robust urban design strategies and proposals. The format of Part 2 will be an urban design studio with frequent pin-ups and midterm reviews.

A typical course day is structured as experimental studio focussing on design exploration, production and communication in class. Participants work in groups on three sites in Queenstown in Singapore. Participants will apply, test and refine the tools developed in the pre-Urban Design Studio. CityEngine will be used as a analytic tool, to develop parametric massing studies and as early visualisation tool for alternative scenarios. Participants will work towards a layered structure plan and negotiate the interface between these layers developed as parametric design components. A CityEngine workshop will take place in week 7 with Prof. Dr. Simon Schubiger. This workshop of three half days will focus on further developing the CityEngine components. A total of three mid-term reviews of two hours each will assure steady progress of the studio.




The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) at the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) developed an educational programme in Advanced Studies in Urban Design (AS-UD) programme for staff of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and other agencies in Singapore. The programme aims to deliver specialist urban design knowledge, skills and understanding as a means to integrate the diverse disciplinary skills that participants have, such as architectural design, landscape design, and social and environmental analysis.

Term 2 - Elements 

The aim of Term 2 (Elements) is to operationalise the theoretical principles introduced in Term 1 (Theory), in preparation for the development of urban design proposals in Term 3 (Design). Term 2 will focus on building an operational catalogue, consisting of foundational urban elements. This will involve:

  • Understanding the relationship of urban design theory, operational principles and possible design applications
  • Appreciating the role of urban elements in developing an operational knowledge
  • Actively contributing to the building of an operational catalogue from international, regional and Singapore best practices through presentation and discussion
  • Enhancing urban analytical and representational skills
  • Developing skills in parametric urban design

Term 1 - Theory

In Term 1 programme participants will be exposed to lectures on methods to describe and analyse urban forms, systems and fabrics. These lectures will lead to design studio workshops focusing on smaller sites in Singapore that exhibit the aspects introduced during the lectures. These sites include Singapore neighborhoods, New towns as well business parks. Participants will work in groups on these sites applying various graphic and physical representation techniques to discuss and develop a common ground for urban design in Singapore.