The Bartlett School of Architecture


Cancelled: Book launch: The Grand Projet, with Anna Gasco and Kees Christiaanse

04 May 2020, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Singapore Megaproject, The Grand Projet 2016.

This event has been cancelled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Join architects and urban designers Anna Gasco and Kees Christiaanse for the launch of their latest book, with Naomi Hanakata, ‘The Grand Projet’.

Bartlett alumna Anna Gasco and architect Kees Christiaanse present comparative research from the book, on the making and impact of urban megaprojects undertaken at the multidisciplinary ETH Future Cities Laboratory over the past four years. The work draws from the analysis of eight urban megaproject case studies in Asia, Europe and from the perspectives of a broad range of stakeholders.

Following their presentation there will be opportunities for questions and a drinks reception.

About the book

The Grand Projet, Understanding the Making and Impact of Urban Megaprojects focusses on the spatial practices of carefully laid-out urban developments, referred to as Grand Projet in the research. It follows eight unique case studies: Marunouchi Tokyo, Lujiazui Shanghai, West Kowloon Hong Kong, Marina Bay Singapore, HafenCity Hamburg, La Défense Paris, 22@ Barcelona and King’s Cross London.

The research contributes to a better understanding of urban megaprojects in relation to their urban environments, including the contemporary challenges and opportunities of such developments, given their central and increasing roles in shaping our cities.

The Grand Projet, Understanding the Making and Impact of Urban Megaprojects, by Anna Gasco, Kees Christiaanse and Naomi Hanakata is now available to buy online.

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Anna Gasco

Anna Gasco is a chartered architect and urban designer. She is the founder and director of Studio UPLA, a consultancy firm dedicated to design, research and education. Associate at KCAP Architects and Planners, she represents them in Singapore, leading projects on multiple scales in Southeast Asia. She has previously worked for KCAP Rotterdam & Zurich, SOM London and BURO II Brussels. Committed to cultivating synergies between professional and academic worlds, Anna teaches at the National University of Singapore and is senior researcher at the ETH-Future Cities Laboratory.

Kees Christiaanse

Kees Christiaanse studied architecture and urban planning at TU Delft. He is the founder of KCAP Architects & Planners, in Rotterdam and co-founder of ASTOC Architects & Planners, in Cologne.

Kees has received numerous global awards, including the ‘2016 RIBA International Fellowship’ for his contribution to architecture, the 'ARC17 Oeuvre Award' for his lasting and innovative contribution to the improvement of the built environment and the 'ULI Leadership Award 2018' for his special commitment and courage, with which he has committed himself to sustainable urban development and a better quality of life in the urban centres of Germany.


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Image: Singapore Megaproject, The Grand Projet 2016.