Singapore has a new dedicated exhibition space for research, which is hosted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
Officially launched on 23 January, Urban Lab showcases innovative and exciting research and development (R&D) ideas and solutions developed in Singapore to help address urban challenges and create a more sustainable and liveable urban environment.
With Urban Lab, URA hopes to facilitate an inclusive platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration between research entities, private sector partners and public agencies, to share ideas, test-bed solutions, forge partnerships and implement practical innovations to improve Singapore’s living environment.
URA CEO Ng Lang said, “The Urban Lab is a space for researchers to showcase their work to practitioners and the community. I hope that it will bring about more collaboration on urban solutions, and help translate good research ideas into practice.”
The Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore (REDAS) is a supporting partner for Urban Lab.
REDAS President Chia Boon Kuah said, “With this new collaborative platform, agencies, research institutes and the private sector can have another avenue to share ideas on how to turn such research ideas into practicable solutions for Singapore. We foresee many exciting collaboration opportunities and possible market applications for the innovative R&D efforts showcased in Urban Lab.”
Ng added the partnership with REDAS is especially important, as URA will need the support of the private sector to implement new ideas.
The first exhibition at Urban Lab is ‘Future Cities: Research in Action’ by the Future Cities Laboratory of the Singapore-ETH Centre, which will run until 13 March 2015 and spotlights the potential of research in providing practical solutions for a more sustainable urban future.