City Pioneers Series: Design Your Sustainable Future

13 Apr 2022 3.30PM Webinar

Brought to you by: Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC)

Design Your Sustainable Future

Towards Zero-waste Circular Economy

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller
As Singapore accelerates the implementation of Green Plan 2030, SUTD students are bringing their ingenuity to bear on designs for a radically more sustainable nation. While the goal is clear, a net-zero and resilient future, the paths for arriving there are complex, especially when it comes to managing the legacy of existing unsustainable buildings and systems.
With examples ranging in scale from car parks transformed into solar-powered urban farms, to retired aircraft components upcycled into beautiful new objects, we explain how design is needed to create a zero-waste circular economy and show how SUTD and the Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar are nurturing leaders in this growing field.
Join us for this lecture in the City Pioneers Series, hosted by Professor Erwin Viray, Chief Sustainability Officer SUTD, to learn how the circular economy is about more than just recycling but also about designing and creating exciting new objects, spaces, and places.

​ About the Speaker

Professor Erwin Viray

Chief Sustainability Officer, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Professor Erwin Viray currently leads the Sustainability Initiatives in SUTD to address the university’s approach to environmental responsibility with the goal to minimize environmental impact. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar from May 2016 – July 2021. Prof Viray was Global Excellence Professor at Kyoto Institute of Technology and Head of the Graduate School of Architecture and Design in 2012 for two years. Erwin’s research passions revolve around the influence of new technologies and their related tools in broadening the impact of architecture. For the past four years he has led the introduction of many new tools and technologies at KIT and driven a curriculum which balances between traditional architecture and new technologies.

About the City Pioneers Series

In a world besieged by challenges, from climate change to cybersecurity threats to resource scarcity, cities are becoming focal points for tackling the problems of the days. In these tightly packed and quickly developing metropolises, existential threats are manifesting clearly. At the same time, it is in these human hubs that numerous solutions and ideas are being put to the test to save cities and our planet.

At the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC), we aim to be in the forefront of urban research in order to engender discussions and formulate frameworks to confront the most pressing problems facing our cities and society today. LKYCIC works with many partners to bring together an inter-disciplinary approach combining design, technology, social science and urban science to seek solutions for effective and sustainable urbanisation. Simultaneously, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is a national and global leader in innovating technological solutions for a variety of problems. Leveraging a creative curriculum structure, SUTD provides its graduates with not just a tool but rather a toolbox of options to tackle any problems.

The City Pioneers Series is a webinar series brought to you by LKYCIC to bring pioneering thoughts to the young pioneers of Singapore. Expert speakers from LKYCIC and SUTD will present on a variety of topics relevant to the urban environment from a novel and exciting perspective. The aim of the series is to introduce promising young researchers, technological innovators, and entrepreneurs of Singapore to the cutting edge of urban studies and research, potentially changing the way they see, understand, and appreciate their city and community.


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