Downtown Singapore in 1966/1967 © Argentem

“This is because it is transforming itself into a new kind of city—- the Global City……….. But once you see Singapore as a Global City the problem of hinterland becomes unimportant because for a Global City the world is its hinterland”

—-S.Rajaratnam delivered a speech at Singapore Press Club titled “Singapore: Global City” on February 6 1972, where he employed the term “global city” for Singapore decades before it was to become a popular buzzword and academic fad

This is part of a series titled: Invisible logic of the city featured on Asian Urban Epicentres. The aim is to draw attention to the varied and complex network of factors and conditions that contribute to affect the emergence of the urban epicentres. The collection of definitions will contribute to the understanding of contemporary Asian urbanism and the logic of the city – how it could think, behave and mutate in its own logic.  You are welcome to add more definitions.