Urbanism in Earth’s regenerative future

Global Regeneration CoLab


Urbanism in Earth’s regenerative future


  • 5mins check-in
  • 25mins exploration / research based on live agenda / asynchronous suggestions
    • Select next most popular Focus Area
  • 25mins critical assessment, what does this mean for me, in my neighbourhood?
  • 25mins is this something I can do, how might I go about implementing it?
  • 10mins reflections & check out

Focus Areas

Here we hold a list of focus areas we'd like to develop upon within our cities.

  • Community engagement
  • Flooding and sea level rise
  • Insurance
  • Urban farming
  • [Add yours here]

Meeting Notes

21st August 2020

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Speaker: Notes here

7th August 2020

Milha Desta

John Kreuger

Daniel Soo

Samantha Suppiah


Intro & discussion

Sam presented the intro deck presenting climate scenarios and future challenges cities face.

Milha: In cities in the Global South, there are existing issues that are already problematic, e.g. in the water sector, there's the hydraulic mission, and then we can talk about water security. In Addis Ababa, it's about concrete. New infrastructure isn't being built with the future in mind. We're doing it in the old mentality.

Last couple years, there have been huge campaigns for tree-planting in the city and the country - that is done in isolation from everything else. The message is, tree-planting is good - but city planning doesn't allow you to do it - and also we're missing further discourse in tree-planting. People in their homes are only thinking about maximising their plot.

Everything is dissonant.

John Krueger: Los Angeles - flat and at sea level

It's already happening - people who are very affluent and have a lot of money are sitting high and dry in the hills - everyone else lives in the low areas.

If sea level rises enough, the entire LA valley would flood.

You'll have to go further into the central valley - California is going to be suffering a lot because of the population.

Federal lay of the land is a little different right now, but California has progressive approach.

90% of agriculture in California is happening in the central valley - if all that floods, then a huge portion of food supply is gone.

Milha: Parallel to sea-level rise and where the city is - most of the people who experience flooding regularly are poorer and cannot live anywhere else. The rich don't feel these problems - so there is no discussion about it. When governments develop plans, it's for richer people. It's usually about providing more beautiful rich neighbourhoods and homes.

Another thing I see about food - we produce a lot of food in the city - but now with new plans coming up, all these food producers are going to be displaced.

Daniel: Interested in how we can foster radical neighbourliness - to build the social fabric that needs to be built in Singapore for any kind of social resilience to develop here.

John: We have a neighbourhood app called Next Door, you sign up for it, and they send you a postcard to your address to confirm you live in this neighbourhood - you get approved, then you're confirmed.

Daniel: There is a Singapore version - there's a local app called Good in the Hood which is more about helping each other out in local neighbourhoods. There are informal networks - been difficult because we don't have social infrastructure - lack of trust and empathy.

Milha: Here there are two types of community groups - get together to know each other - have a meal together, etc. - usually a saving association attached to it.

Another type is to contribute funds together - when there is a wedding or funeral, the community helps you organise that.

Need to be rooted in place first.

Want to bring back these two types of associations

Communications usually through Whatsapp or Telegram - informality helps the process along without the "prestige" of formality

Sam: In all of these spaces, what we're seeing is the lack of ability for local and national governments to step up to the challenge. Politics is of course important, but participation alone won't get us there. Our question with the Urban Survival Series is, how do we empower local citizens to self-organise, obtain the information and resources, and grasp their future within their own hands?

Fortnightly working meetings

Sam suggested to work with a live agenda where we would have

5mins check-in

25mins exploration / research based on live agenda / asynchronous suggestions

25mins critical assessment and application of gathered information

25mins what does this mean for me, in my neighbourhood?

10mins reflections & check out

All agreed.

Sam to share working folder and set up next calendar invitation properly this time..!