Asian Urban Lab is a Singapore-registered non-profit founded in 2003 with three primary objectives. First, to promote a greater awareness and understanding of contemporary urban issues in Asia; second, to facilitate multidisciplinary research and discussion on topics related to the trends and directions of modern Asian urban life and architecture; and third, to disseminate the results of this research to as broad an audience as possible.
In order to realise these objectives, Asian Urban Lab commissions research on topics related to contemporary Asian urban life. The Lab’s latest publication is Public Space in Urban Asia (2014). Other publications commissioned by Asian Urban Lab include: Incomplete Urbanism: A Critical Urban Strategy for Emerging Economies (2012), Singapore Shifting Boundaries: Social Change in the Early 21st Century (2011) and Asian Alterity with special reference to Architecture and Urbanism through the Lens of Cultural Studies (2008).
At present, Professor William S.W. Lim serves as Chairman, with fellow directors Dr. Sharon Siddique and Tan Dan Feng, who have diverse experience in various aspects of Asian cities and societies. Their collective responsibilities pertain to the oversight of the Lab’s activities, and ensuring that projects which are undertaken or endorsed by the Asian Urban Lab are in line with its objectives.