Professor Erwin Viray speaks at a webinar organized by the International House of Japan on the topic, ‘The Future of Cities in Asia: Smart Cities Pursuing the Well-being of Citizens’. He is joined by Professor Jaeseung Jeong, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. The session was moderated by Fiona WILSON (Asia Bureau Chief, Monocle) and held on Friday, 26 Mar, 6 – 7pm (SGT) / 7 – 8pm (JPT).
Asia is the region of the world where megacities are most concentrated. Yet three issues are arising questioning the trend of metropolitanization that has continued since modernization. First, the risks of population concentration that have stood out with the spread of Covid-19. Second, concerns about the working environment where the development of digital technology has made working from home and decentralization of work possible. Third, more fundamentally, doubts from those concerned with well-being about the urban model of society where efficiency and economic growth are pursued above all.
The invited speakers spoke on pioneering efforts in terms of anti-Covid measures and digitalization, and shared their opinions of what the future of cities in Asia may look like based on the latest developments and issues in their respective countries.