The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) at the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) developed an educational programme in Advanced Studies in Urban Design (AS-UD) programme for staff of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and other agencies in Singapore. The programme aims to deliver specialist urban design knowledge, skills and understanding as a means to enhance and integrate the diverse disciplinary skills that participants have, such as architectural design, landscape design, and social and environmental analysis.

The AS-UD course in 2019 uses the format of three thematic terms – Theory, Tools, Design – integrating the latest scientific findings of FCL, making advanced use of the urban design tool CityEngine (CE) by ESRI, and integrating knowledge and tools into complex urban design projects. The report publication Urban Elements - Advanced Studies in Urban Design (von Richthofen 2018)is used as course reader.