Tomorrow's City Today: The Future of Livable Cities in the Pacific Rim


For the first time in history, more than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas. As rapid urbanization continues, creating the next generation of livable, sustainable cities in the face of climate change and resource scarcity is a daunting challenge, particularly in Asia.

Asia Society and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are pleased to host leading experts from Asia and the U.S. who will discuss how urban planners and designers from across the Pacific Rim are building tomorrow’s city today. From transportation systems and green buildings to community networks and cultural spaces, speakers will explore how urbanization is shaping the future of the Pacific Rim.

The event will feature keynote remarks by Thai-Ker Liu, who spearheaded Singapore’s public housing initiative and helped to define urban development for the city. Joining him will be urban planning and analysis scholar Jennifer Wolch; and Lewis Knight of Gensler, a leading global architecture firm. The event will be moderated by Jeffrey Heller, one of the world’s foremost green architects. 

This event also marks the official launch of a new Asia Society/ULI report, Tomorrow’s City Today, and video which showcases ideas and concepts presented at the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) Annual Forum held in Hong Kong in February 2013. For more information about PCSI, please visit The Asia Society of Southern California will also be hosting an event with Thai Ker Liu on May 29th, please visit the event page for details.  

Copies of Tomorrow’s City Today included with admission price.


Thai-Ker Liu (keynote), Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers; Former CEO, Singapore Housing and Development Board

Jennifer Wolch, Dean, College of Environmental Design, University of California-Berkeley

Lewis Knight, Senior Associate and Urban Designer, Gensler

Jeffrey Heller (moderator), President, Heller Manus Architects


Promotional Co-Sponsors: American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, Bay Area Council, Natural Resources Defense Council 

Program Agenda:

5:30-6:00 PM: Registration
6:00-7:30 PM: Presentations and Discussion
7:30-8:00 PM: Reception 


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Event Details

Tue 28 May 2013
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Asia Society Bechtel Conference Room 500 Washington St.
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$10 for Asia Society/Co-sponsor/ULI members/students; $15 for non-members
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