Publication Date

April 2017


Joyce Jacobsen


College of Social Studies


English (United States)


Cities have undergone tremendous changes over history. And more changes are yet to come. While everyone is able to see the physical changes that take place in a city, it is also equally important to ensure social progress is made to allow for an increased quality of life for people living in the city. The city is a place where people are able to live and express themselves. To accomplish this, urban planners need to build cities that take into account the individuals living in the city, especially looking at the relationships individuals have with the built environment and with one another. This thesis uses Singapore as a case study to look at the characteristics that make for a great city. The main argument this thesis makes is that first, there is an important relationship between the built environment and a city, and second, that social organization of a city needs to be taken into account to develop a holistic means of evaluating cities. Great cities, such as Singapore, can be built by fulfilling these two needs.



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