Sameep Padora, Prof Dr Lou Yongqi & Liak Teng Lit

How the pandemic affects us depends, to a degree, on how cities and buildings are designed. For instance, does density matter? Should we have more urban nature? Maybe grow our own food? FuturArc’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr Nirmal Kishnani spoke to three Asian thought-leaders who offer a perspective on their city: Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore.

Sameep Padora is a Harvard-trained designer who is the principal architect and founder of Mumbai-based studio, sP+a as well as Director of sPare, a research initiative looking at urbanisation and architecture in India.

Prof Dr Lou Yongqi is Dean of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai, and founder of Design Harvests, a design-driven urban-rural interaction project.

Liak Teng Lit, an advisor to businesses and governments, was previously Chairman of the National Environment Agency, Singapore, and Chief Executive Officer of several hospitals, including the acclaimed Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he championed the role of design as an integral part of healthcare.

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