Efficiency by Design: Urban growth in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Singapore

Public lecture hosted by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, LSE Cities and LSE Kuwait Programme

The presentation’s point of departure was the common assumption that cities and urban development are directly affected by the availability and costs of natural resources, and that in turn, different forms of urban development result in substantial differences in resource efficiency. This talk primarily focused on the specific case of land and energy resources and explore their relationships with city form, urban dwelling and mobility. It analysed these relationships through a comparative case study approach which considers extreme and divergent city models in Asia.

This lecture was based on a new research report called Resource Urbanisms: Asia’s divergent city models of Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics which was supported by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) through the LSE Kuwait Programme.


    Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities, and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. Rode is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

    Amani Albedah

    Dr Amani Albedah, Director, Directorate of International Relations & Knowledge Management, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.