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Theme: Ideas To Build Idea Cities

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
4:00pm - 6:00pm +08
(UTC +8hrs)

"All great things have their origins in that which is small" said philosopher Lao Tzu. Likewise, all great cities had humble origins as small towns. Singapore was founded because of an idea that a small sandy island could become a great place for trade of goods across the world. In this 21st Century, the trade of our ideas, inspiration and inventiveness is now the most valuable exchange between humans.

How can we build our Singapore to become a great City of Ideas in a planet of interconnected ideas?

TEDxCity2.0 was a day of imagineering inspiring ideas, dynamic conversations and brainstorming Ideas To Build Idea Cities.

This was TEDxSingapore's 18th event since we were founded in April 2009.

TEDxSingapore brings people together to seek a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world, and to inspire ideas and action for a better future for us all. Founded in April 2009, we are 100% Community-Created. Express your passion for ideas and inspiration with millions of people around the world and in Singapore. Be authentic, Embrace everyone, Celebrate our possibilities, visit

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Kelley Cheng

A prominent figure in the design industry in Singapore, Kelley Cheng is literally a Jill-of-all-trade - the Editor-in-Chief of the Singapore Architect magazine, she is also the Creative Director of her own publishing & design consultancy The Press Room, and on top of it, she owns 2 trend-setting F & B outlets 15 minutes and Night & Day. With 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, Kelley started her own publishing firm at 27 and founded the multiple award-winning design magazine ish, which successfully ran for a decade until 2009. Graduated as an honours student from the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore, she teaches Visual Communication in the Nanyang Technological University, and sits on the advisory panels for educational and design institutions (Singapore Polytechnic's School of Design, LaSalle Degree Validation Panel, Singapore Furniture Industry Council Design Development Committee, etc). She has been a curator for various art exhibitions, sat on numerous judging panels for local and international design competitions (Red Dot Awards, Nagoya-Do!, Design for Asia, Creative Circle awards, etc). Kelley was celebrated as one of 2009 Great Women of Our Time and one of the 50 Most Inpspirational Women 2010 in Singapore.

Teo Yee Chin

Yee Chin runs his own architectural practice in Singapore, Red Bean Architects. He was a visiting critic at the School of Architecture in the National University of Singapore from 2009 to 2012. He blogs regularly on the complex relationship between architecture, society and the city. Yee Chin obtained his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, where he completed his thesis on contested public spaces in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He has researched and published numerous critical essays on architecture and urban development in Singapore. Yee Chin is particularly interested in interrogating the discrepancies between social and physical planning in Singapore.

Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna travels the world with his eyes open--and has become a trenchant critic of the standard wisdom about the second and third worlds. Khanna's 2008 book, The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century, looks at the epic political manipulations of nations small and large struggling to end up at the top of the global heap. In his 2011 book, How to Run The World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, he limns a 21st century that has much in common with the feudal 16th century, where non-state actors have as much influence on the course of world events as countries do. And in a new short book for TED, Hybrid Reality, Parag and Ayesh Khanna explore our complex relationship with science and technology--and how it could create new and unexpected lifestyles and social structures. He's a director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, where he helps explore human-technology co-evolution. At TEDGlobal 2012 he curated and guest-hosted the session “The Upside of Transparency”.

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Melbourne, Australia


New York, NY, United States
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