NRF, ETH, SEC, and FCL: Four acronyms worth knowing

If you’re interested in “sustainable building technologies, the city as an urban system, and the relationship between urban and rural environments,” then the following acronyms are some you’ll want to KIV (that’s “keep in view” for non-Singlish speakers):

1. NRF

Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) was established in 2006 as a department in the Prime Minister’s Office. Its mission is to coordinate the research activities of different agencies within the larger national framework, and to fund strategic R&D initiatives that would generate economic benefits for Singapore.

NRF is currently collaborating with ETH.

2. ETH

ETH Zurich is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. It is an education and research institution that was founded in 1855. It focuses on engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences.

What’s ETH doing in Singapore?

3. SEC

ETH and NRF established the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC) in Singapore in 2010.

SEC serves as an intellectual hub for research, scholarship, entrepreneurship, and postgraduate/postdoctoral training. Scholars and researchers from ETH are relocating to Singapore to collaborate on research under the theme of ‘Global Environmental Sustainability.’

SEC’s first interdisciplinary research program is called FCL.

4. FCL

The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is a new laboratory for sustainable urban development. This first SEC research program is scheduled for five years and started in September 2010. It involves collaboration between ETH and the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (sorry, I meant NUS and NTU).

As explained at the SEC/FCL website, the research focuses on three scales: sustainable building technologies, the city as an urban system, and the relationship between urban and rural environments.

There is also a plan for collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (that’s MIT), which, along with ETH, will soon move into the new CREATE Campus (short for Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise).

CMI, that’s more than enough acronyms.

Some related info:

There are a number of research and PhD positions open at SEC/FCL in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and hydraulic modelling.

An extensive three-day FCL conference titled ‘Making Future Cities’ is coming up in September.

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting one of the ETH researchers, Assistant Professor Milica Topalovic. I look forward to her ‘City and Territory’ lecture at the upcoming conference.

PS – CMI is Singlish for “cannot make it” (also Singlish).

3 responses to “NRF, ETH, SEC, and FCL: Four acronyms worth knowing

  1. 😀 Thanks for the education! [insert witty acronym here]

  2. Thanks darl! I try. Loved your gingerbread men project, btw 😉

  3. Pingback: Big Ideas, Small Island: ‘Making Future Cities’ conference | Narelle Yabuka

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