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Pushing the Boundaries of Underground Space

In addition to the complex and often permanent effects of engineering on the Earth’s subsurface, large-scale development of urban underground space requires the cultivation of pioneering ideas, curation by a long-range vision and enablement by political will. This article shares insights from the Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic Futures, Republic of Singapore.

Hong Kong: A Matter of When, Not If or How

The city’s predominantly steep terrain has challenged stakeholders to think innovatively about how to get the most out of the territory’s scarce buildable land and engineers to hone their skills in building infrastructure through and under complex topography. Hong Kong’s journey in developing below-ground infrastructure to provide above-ground land for other purposes is looked at through the lens of an internationally renowned geotechnical engineer with a 40-year personal and professional relationship with the city.

Singapore’s Next Frontier: Going Underground

As a densely populated island nation, Singapore is looking to its underground layer for urban expansion to meet future needs. This article provides insights into its pioneering national underground master plan and governance of the republic’s underground layer of space to enable its ambition.

Tokyo: Opening Marunouchi to the World

This article shares the evolution of one of Tokyo’s oldest and most prestigious districts in three distinct phases over 130 years. An enduring partnership is explored through a private sector partner, one of Tokyo’s largest real estate developers.

With Asia home to the world’s fastest rate of urbanization, we see how three of the region’s most developed cities ― Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo ― are pushing the frontier of development, going deeper, achieving a greater synergy of uses and preparing the way for new urban forms.

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