Govern-Mentality & Schizophrenic Hyphens: Challenges to Creative City Planning in Singapore

 

Govern-Mentality & Schizophrenic Hyphens:
Challenges to Creative City Planning in Singapore

David Chia, Yale-NUS College 

(Initially published in YNUJ Volume 2, 2018)


Abstract

This paper explores the topic of creative city planning in Singapore by comparing two educational cases for the Singapore Global Schoolhouse strategy: Yale-NUS College and NYU Tisch Asia. The partnership model, personified by the hyphens in the names of the liberal arts college Yale-NUS and medical school Duke-NUS, has demonstrated success in Singapore for its ability to merge the entre-preneurial enterprises and civic vision of a university. On the other hand, NYU Tisch Asia’s failure, while also stemming from other various factors, is primarily attributed to a one-sided, import-model without a clearly defined vision. Though there are other successful university cases that do not fall on a partnership model, such as business schools INSEAD and ESSEC, my choice to focus on Yale-NUS and Tisch stems primarily from their direct relationship to Singapore’s vision to be a creative city. Using both of these case studies, I argue that a schizophrenia between autonomy and re-striction has removed spontaneity from creativity in Singapore. Finally, I propose that a currency of trust is foundational to building not only a creative city but also a city that fosters creativity.


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