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Humanizing High Density


Kuala Lumpur

16-21 October

With the United Nations projecting nearly 70 percent urbanization by 2050, we need to ensure that cities are places where people can not only live—but thrive. Transportation, public and cultural institutions, open space, commercial enterprises, and other integral infrastructure need to be considered holistically and adapted broadly and equitably for positive, sustainable outcomes. Accordingly, tall buildings, the natural world, and the diverse people and communities that inhabit them need to be woven into the urban fabric like never before.

Humanizing High Density—People, Nature & the Urban Realm will advance the fundamental premise that high-density urbanization can support healthy living, working, and civic and social engagement. It will examine issues of livability in the ongoing discourse about future cities and explore solutions for:

  • Livable shapes of density,
  • Equity in housing,
  • Creating better social spaces,
  • Finding balance with nature,
  • Reducing carbon emissions,
  • Mitigating the effects of climate change, and
  • Striking a balance in development that is appropriate for local environmental and cultural conditions. 

Be part of the solution—register today and experience firsthand two of the world’s premier living laboratories of urban innovation and join the vital conversation on “Humanizing High Density.” 

Location & Venues

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There is no better place to have this urgent conversation than Singapore, where significant investments in affordable housing and integrated communities—combined with deliberate efforts to create public space at height and reinforce the proven benefits of greenery on the human psyche—have paid off abundantly. It serves as a replicable model for the alignment of societal, economic, and environmental goals to deliver better outcomes for people across the planet. 

Marina Bay Sands, a three-tower complex rooted in Singapore’s culture, climate, and contemporary life is conveniently located across the water from Singapore’s central business district and topped by a one-hectare SkyPark, 200 meters above the sea. This high-density, mixed-use resort brings together a 2,560-room hotel, convention center, shopping and dining spaces, theaters, museum, and a casino. At the ground level, space between each tower is enclosed to create a hotel lobby and atrium; the upper levels the space act as an “urban window,” affording commanding views across the city.

Kuala Lumpur, too, has become a bellwether of sustainability in tandem with commercial prosperity. One of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing urban centers, with a skyline that showcases both technological innovation and habitability, it has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and is quickly gaining a worldwide reputation for livability, sustainability, and resilience.   

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