Singapore, an island nation less than half the size of Greater London, has an outsize reputation as a hotbed of innovation. With autonomous vehicles being tested on the roads, environmental policies to manage water resources and protect green spaces, and social programs that preserve heritage in this multicultural society, the Lion City is a showcase for urban living.
But it doesn’t look only to the future. “Singapore is about being past-forward, not just fast-forward,” says Gene Tan, a local creative director. Founded 52 years ago, this city-state of some 5.8 million strives to sustain both its natural environment and its distinct social fabric.