Disruption in Urban Planning Seminar       20th Sept 2017

Seminar Topics 

1) What Planners Need To Know Beyond Planning: Pushing The Boundaries.

Speaker: Mr Paul Farmer

2) Disruption Presented By Economic Factors, Land Scarcity and Disruption, Social Changes, And Information Technology. 

3) Planning NOW!  Problems, Solutions, Trends and Fads.


  • Dr Linda Low
  • Mr Peter Hyland
  • Mr Tan Cheng Siong
  • Mr Brian Jennett

Followed By panel discussion by all the above speakers.

Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD)

CPD points are awarded upon completion of seminar and course as follows:

1) SIP 8 points for seminar and course module 1&2.                    

2) BOA/SIA 2 points for seminar.           

3) PEB 2 points for module 1 to 3, 5 points for seminar.

What Planners Need to Know Beyond Planning:  Pushing the Boundaries.

This topic covers on the factors that determine planning success. In addition to the basics of land use, transportation, the environment and other topics, for example, planning success is often dependent on many other factors.  Communication, for example, isn't just dependent on public speaking skills or transparency of the process; economic development isn't just a bunch of real estate deals; and, housing isn't just an "ism," new or old.  The rate of economic change is accelerating and planners need to base plans on fundamental urban and regional economics that underpin resilient, local economies.  Communication can only occur when people are ready to have conversations; psychology is just as important as presentation techniques; and plans are combinations of art and science. In fact, plans are stories and planning is a conversation.  How many planners are really terrific storytellers?  How often do planners engage in monologues rather than true discourse?  

Planning NOW!  Problems, Solutions, Trends and Fads.
To one, sustainability was the future.  Everyone was getting on board.  Planners, with our comprehensive and long range viewpoints, should own it. An APA leader once argued that it was a fad whose time had already passed.  Nobody even knew what it meant, and he had already consigned it to the dustbin where bell bottoms and leisure suits could surely be found. Resilience was next.  Was it the same as sustainability?  Was it just one part of sustainability or even broader?  And new urbanism.  Fad or future?  How has planning evolved and have we sometimes gone down dead-end roads. When we decide to pay more attention to something, we must also decide to pay less attention to other things.  We often consciously choose a new focus, we rarely consciously choose to move away from an existing area of practice; it just happens. 

Profiles of Speakers

W. Paul Farmer


Mr. Farmer has had three careers in planning: a decade as an educator at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a founding faculty member of the graduate urban planning program; two decades in planning practice as Deputy Director of City Planning in Pittsburgh, Director of Planning in Minneapolis, and Executive Director of Planning & Development in Eugene, OR.; and, over thirteen years as CEO of the American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. A visiting faculty member at the University of Oregon, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Pittsburgh, he has lectured widely, practiced and consulted on six continents, and written extensively. 

He received his B.A. and B.Arch. at Rice University, where he was a William D. and Lucy Lawrence Haden Scholar in Architecture and a Baker Distinguished Student Fellow, and received his M.R.P. at Cornell University where he was a Richard King Mellon Fellow in Planning and a Lasker Fellow in Health Planning. His awards include a Progressive Architecture Award for Design Excellence, a National Endowment for the Arts Research Award, the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning, and the NYU-Poly Spirit of Innovation Award.

He was elected to membership in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners,  and honored as a Life Member in the Royal Town Planning Institute, HON Membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects and HON Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. He is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania and practices planning globally. 

Dr Linda Low, ASIP


Linda Low's academic areas of specialisation include public sector economics and public policy; public enterprises and privatisation; social security and retirement, including ageing; health economics; human resources development and manpower policies; international trade and regionalism; international political economy; development economics and macroeconomic public policies related to economies in Asia Pacific, Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Apart from teaching in Singapore universities, she has also taught widely including graduate programmes in the Helsinki School of Economics, University of Limerick, University of Bristol and Ecole Nationale des Pontset Chaussees (Tokyo) and executive programmes for the University of Edinburgh. She is a resource person/guest lecturer for Singapore Civil Service College, Ong Teng Cheong Institute and others in the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Learning Hub and other ministries.
Her consultancy work and involvement in many projects and committees in public policy-making are for various ministries, statutory boards and private entities in Singapore. She served as a member in the CPF Board for two terms. Consultancy outside of Singapore include United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & Pacific (ESCAP), ILO, Asian Development Bank (ADB), ASEAN Secretariat, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK Department of Education and Employment, Economic and Social Research Council of Great Britain and others.

Mr Peter Hyland, MPIA, ASIP


Peter Hyland is one of the Asia-Pacific’s most respected urban land-use strategists.He has led large multidisciplinary teams on projects including inner city renewal and new city developments, major port and airport master plans, and resort and shopping centre developments. Peter’s experience spans Australia, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. He has postgraduate qualifications in urban planning and economics. 

Peter is passionate about helping cities and projects achieve great economic outcomes, to underpin the development of vibrant and successful places that benefit developers, users and residents. His ability to marry economic and planning considerations has made him a trusted advisor to major Australian private and public companies and all levels of government. Peter has led many projects to successful outcomes, including the Greater Springfield new city development in Queensland, which was recognised as the world’s best master planned community by FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, in 2010; the Urban Renewal Brisbane rejuvenation project; and a major transit-oriented development in North Ryde, Sydney.

Mr Tan Cheng Siong, FSIP


Tan Cheng Siong is an architect and planner and founder of the Archurban Group. He has 40 years of experience in urban planning, architecture and design. He designed Singapore’s first super high-rise apartment, the iconic Pearl Bank and Singapore’s first condominium, Pandan Valley. He introduced the concept of condominium housing into China in the mid-90s and continues to design pioneering landmarks. Mr Tan has been an advisor to the Shenzhen Planning Committee since 1986. He is also an Adjunct Professor and External Examiner for Architecture, National University of Singapore (NUS). In 2012, Mr Tan received the President’s Design Award for his exceptional achievements. Other honours include NUS Distinguished Alumni Award 1999 and the SIA Gold Medal 2013.

Mr. Brian Jennett, APA AICP MSIP


Brian is a past Director and SE Asia Regional Manager for AECOM’s Economics Group, based in Singapore. Mr. Jennett’s professional experience includes 18 years of experience in the fields of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Real Estate Consulting. A US licensed architect and registered city planner, he has held roles in all phases of planning and building projects, from public facilitation, to planning, programming, design, and project management. 

Prior to joining AECOM, he was employed as a land planner/ real estate strategy consultant for a number of large-scale corporate, government, and institutional clients. In this role, he developed an acute awareness of the importance of economic and financial considerations behind development projects. His current job responsibilities are focused on market analysis, development strategy, land use programming, economic impact assessment, and financial feasibility. Mr. Jennett has extensive experience in the Asia region, having lived in Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, and Singapore. Brian is currently serving as an elected council member of the Singapore Institute of Planners. American Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident. Experienced in Planning in Philippines.




Venue: 93 Toa Payoh Central

             Toa Payoh Central Community Building

             Theatrette at Level 3. Singapore 319194

Dates and Time: 20th Sept 2017,  9am to 5pm.


  • SIP members - combined fees of $100 of this seminar and Urban Planners Foundation Course Part 1 - Module 1 and 2.
  • Non-members - combined fees of $200 for this seminar and Urban Planners Foundation Course Part 1 - Module 1 and 2. 
  • Group tickets prices as follows:                                                                                    5 sign up as a group and free of charge for the 6th participant.               

The events are customized for participants to attend both seminar and Urban Planners Foundation Course Part 1 - Module 1 and 2 on the same day. If you have registered and made payment for Disruption in Urban Planning Seminar, there is no need to register again for UPFC Module 1 an 2. 

For 20th Sept, please take note that lunch is not provided. Light snacks and drinks will be provided during afternoon break only.


Please download and fill in the registration form and send to carine@planning.org.sg