As part of their 20th anniversary roundtable series, the Asia research Institute of the National University of Singapore is hosting an event on Asian urbanism, which provides an opportunity to reflect on urban research that has been carried out at the Institute, and to consider future prospects and priorities. Urban questions undoubtedly remain as important across Asia in 2021 as they were when ARI’s Asian Urbanisms cluster was first established. In addition, the significance of Asia to wider worlds of urbanization – conceptually as well as in empirical or demographic terms – is by now widely acknowledged. However, new developments and approaches to examining them continue to emerge. In the context of the ongoing global pandemic, the past year alone has raised a series of new questions about the urbanizing present and futures to be addressed both within and from Asia.
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