Singapore Media Showing Great Attention to VCA



The “Vertical City Asia” Design Competition for Global College Students (VCA) has been receiving great attention from the Singapore media, since its start on Jan. 1st, 2011.

On Mar. 31st, 2011, in the 12th edition of "Lianhe Zaobao" (Chinese), a half page article written by Xie Yanyan was published, entitled, "Design Competition Held for the First Time in July". Attached to the article was a large picture of Mr Lu Bo, Managing Director of World Future Foundation (WFF) and Prof. Heng Chye Kiang, Dean of the School of Design and Environment of National University of Singapore (NUS). In this article, the background and overview of VCA were reported in detail. Mr Lu said, “I hope this competition can become an influential global competition.” The article also described the setup process and positioning of WFF.

On April 1st, 2011 "The Straits Times" published a news report of Jessica Cheam titled “Designing Asia’s Future ‘vertical cities’” on page B16. This report highly emphasized the significance of VCA and pointed that, “The Design Competition was seeking new urban models for growing populations.” In addition, the report cited data and created a comparative analysis of the population density in Singapore and China, highlighting the practical significance of VCA.

"The Business Times" also sent reporters to interview Mr Lu and Prof. Heng.

In just one week, “Vertical City Asia” Design Competition for Global College Students was reported on intensively by the media of Singapore, indicating the importance and great social effects of the VCA on the local media. The aforementioned reports can be found at:

VCA is sponsored by WFF, and hosted by NUS. There are 10 universities in total that are entered for the competition over Asia, Europe and North America. The first competition will be held from Jan. 1st to Jun. 30th, 2011., The final contest will be held in Singapore in early July.