Off-site programs take place in buildings, urban spaces, and key developments throughout London, on 26 September. Conference attendees choose from a wide variety of off-site programs, highlighted below, where they’ll learn about location-specific themes through engaging presentations, followed by extensive tours of the sites by professionals who were involved in realizing the projects.
CapitaSpring, a 280-meter mixed-use tower, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, features at its midsection the Green Oasis, a four-story, 35-meter-high open-air space within the building envelope, threaded by a gently descending pathway lined with extensive planting and gathering spaces. Atop the building is the equally spectacular Sky Garden, Singapore’s highest publicly accessible observation deck, featuring a terraced urban farm and panoramic views of Marina Bay and the CBD. The tower also integrates a hawker center (food hall) at its base, drawing a huge cross-section of Singapore’s population day and night.
Presenters/Tour Leads: Brian Yang, Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group and Senior Representatives of CapitaLand Group Time: 9:00–11:00 AM Meeting Point: Building lobby, 88 Market Street Singapore 048948
Located at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the new Gaia building is a 6-story educational building housing the university’s business school. It is currently Asia’s largest mass engineered timber building by volume of timber used, spanning 220 meters long, with roughly 42,000 square meters of floor area. It has teaching spaces on the first to third floors, a research center on the fourth floor, and faculty offices on the fifth and sixth floors. Attendees will hear from RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, which collaborated on the design with architect Toyo Ito, and engineered the timber structure.
Presenters/Tour Leads: Loh Kee Soon, Senior Associate, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers and Mak Wai Chong, Technical Director of Building Structures, Aurecon Time: 8:30 AM–12:00 PM Meeting Point: Coaches will pick up from Marina Bay Sands. Be at the pickup site promptly at the start times noted above. Special Instructions: Attendees who chose to travel on their own should arrive at 91 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639956 by 8:30 AM.
The JTC Summit: A Testbed for JTC’s Open Digital Platform
See a demo of the technology that will power Singapore’s first smart and sustainable district
JTC is the government agency in charge of Singapore’s industrial progress. Visit their headquarters to learn more about Singapore’s first smart and sustainable district, JTC’s Punggol Digital District (PDD), which will be supported by its proprietary digital infrastructure – the Open Digital Platform (ODP). Discover how the ODP’s digital twin technology will connect and monitor disparate data systems to drive operational efficiency and enhance PDD’s sustainability efforts – a stepping stone for Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions. Attendees will get a demo of the technology currently test-bedded in The JTC Summit. This trial has already resulted in projected energy savings of 30% for its cooling systems.
Presenters/Tour Leads: Edmund Tan, Deputy Director of JTC’s Smart District Division Time: 1:30–4:30 PM Meeting Point: Coaches will pick up from Marina Bay Sands. Be at the pickup site promptly at the start time noted above. Special Instructions: Attendees who chose to travel on their own should arrive to the lobby at The JTC Summit, 8 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609434 by 2:00 PM.
Creating Active and Cohesive Communities Through Public Housing
The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is Singapore’s public housing authority. Since its inception in 1960, more than 1 million flats have been completed across the island, home to 80% of Singapore’s resident population, of which about 90% own their home. Learn more about HDB’s broader portfolio and goals, as well as gain a detailed look at Kampung Admiralty, an infill development designed by WOHA. The building layers senior housing, a medical center, an urban farm, and an open community living room. Its distinct strata juxtapose various building uses to foster cross-programming and free up the ground level for activity generators.
Presenters/Tour Leads: Ms. Pearl Chee, Director, WOHA, and senior representatives from the Housing and Development Board Time: 8:00 AM–12:00 PM Meeting Point: Coaches will pick up from Marina Bay Sands. Be at the pickup site promptly at the start times noted above. Special Instructions: Attendees who chose to travel on their own accord should arrive at 676 Woodlands Drive 71, Singapore 730676 by 8:30 AM.
Marina Bay Sands
A Day in the Life of the Most Iconic Building on Singapore’s Skyline
Join us at Marina Bay Sands for an exclusive, curated, two-hour back-of-the-house tour, culminating in the world-famous Skypark, a horizontal plane set atop the three-tower development, featuring an infinity pool with jaw-dropping views. Designed by Moshe Safdie, Marina Bay Sands is synonymous with Singapore in the public mind. The tour will showcase the vast undertaking behind the scenes that keeps 10,000 employees moving about efficiently, as well as sustainably managing the substantial volume of waste generated from the hotel, casino, and convention and shopping centers.
Presenters/Tour Leads: Roger Simons, Director of Sustainability and Burnice Ng, Executive of Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd Time: 1:30–3:30 PM Meeting Point: Tower 3 lobby, in front of Origin & Bloom coffee shop, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 Special Instructions: Please note that additional attendee details will be collected in advance for required security checks, including passport number (international guests) or NRIC number (Singapore citizens and permanent residents). All visitors are required to bring the physical copies of their respective identification documents on the day of the visit.
NUS Department of Architecture Campus
Achieving Net-Zero Energy in the Southeast Asian Context
The National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture has renewed and rebuilt its school with a full revamp of their existing studios and facilities. This included a new Net-Zero Energy building (called SDE 4), a six-story building that harnesses solar energy and employs hybrid cooling. The result is an architecture that offers a deeply biophilic experience, connecting NUS Architecture’s faculty and students to the campus’ natural surroundings. Learn more about the new and renovated campus buildings and the state of carbon neutrality in the Southeast Asian context generally.
Presenters/Tour Leads: Professor Khee Poh Lam, NUS Professor of Architecture and the Built Environment Time: 1:30–5:00 PM Meeting Point: Coaches will pick up from Marina Bay Sands. Be at the pickup site promptly at the start time noted above. Special Instructions: Attendees who chose to travel on their own accord should arrive at SDE1, 4 Architecture Dr, Singapore 117566 by 2:00 PM.
Tour two of UOL Group’s signature properties, both designed by architecture firm WOHA. Start at Parkroyal on Pickering, which was inspired by Hong Lim Park (located next to the site), rice terraces, and the topography of natural landscapes. The building brings 15,000 square meters of greenery—around double the area of the site—back into the city. Then coaches will take attendees to Pan Pacific Orchard, which just opened in June of this year. To overcome the limited site area and to break down the scale, the design stacks four distinct strata, with three sky terraces inserted as elevated grounds and amenities surrounded by gardens.
The Singapore City Gallery showcases Singapore’s dramatic transformation over the past 50 years, to become one of the most livable cities in Asia, and reveals its development story, with more than 50 interactive and immersive exhibits that detail planning challenges and the innovative solutions that were employed to address them. In this guided tour by leaders from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), you will learn more about how Singapore was shaped into a highly livable, people-friendly, and delightful home.
Home to the group headquarters of Surbana Jurong, this extensive campus, designed by Moshie Safdie, is a biophilic development and living showcase of the group’s smart and sustainable solutions. Learn more about this work-live-play destination for employees and the wider community, in Singapore’s Jurong Innovation District, a manufacturing ecosystem of R&D centers, technology partners, training providers, and future-ready factories. Attendees will also experience firsthand a distinguishing feature of the campus: its central spine, which offers views of the gardens and brings together a variety of interior and exterior spaces, including a grand multipurpose hall, a gallery, and retail outlets. It is also equipped with numerous public amenities, such as a bicycle parking area with end-of-trip facilities, an event patio, a playground, and a rain garden. The central spine will also provide 24/7 sheltered public access to a future transit station.
Presenters/Tour Leads: Senior Representatives of Surbana Jurong Group Time: 8:00 AM–12:30 PM or 1:00–5:30 PM Meeting Point: Coaches will pick up from Marina Bay Sands. Be at the pickup site promptly at the start times noted above. Special Instructions: Attendees who chose to travel on their own should arrive at 38 Cleantech Loop, Singapore 636741 by 8:30 AM for morning program or 1:30 PM for afternoon program.