Dr Anna GASCO

Bio

Anna Gasco is a postdoctoral researcher at the ETH-Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore. Chartered Part III architect in the UK, she holds a PhD degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the ETH Zurich, a Master degree in Urban Design from the Bartlett UCL London and a Diploma in Architecture from St Luc Brussels. Prior to joining FCL, Anna worked with SOM, KCAP and Archi+I for over seven years on visionary architectural and urban projects at multiple scales including the Legacy Masterplan of the London Olympics, a strategic regional planning study in Paris and various redevelopment sites in central London, Brussels, Dublin as well as Saint Petersburg. A native Italian born in Congo, her international career spans the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Russia, the Middle East and more recently Singapore, where she currently acts as urban design consultant for both private and public clients. Her work in praxis is juxtaposed with research that began in 2011, when she joined the FCL in Singapore. In this multidisciplinary research platform, she completed her dissertation on the urbanizing effects of airports in transnational contexts and at territorial scales. Her current research focuses on large-scale, mixed-use, master-planned urban projects, also known as ‘Grand Projets.’ It aims to identify their processes and mechanisms, characteristics and designs, transformation over time and influence on the urban context of contemporary European and Asian cities. Through teaching design research studios at the ETH, the NUS and the SUTD she also investigates urban socio-spatial fragmentation, housing and densification. Anna’s research has been published with Routledge, the Singapore Architect, The Straits Times, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Her work has been exhibited at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Hong Kong/Shenzhen, the Boston Society of Architects, Aedes Berlin and the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Research

Air traffic has grown at a prodigious rate in Singapore: the number of passengers has quintupled since 1980 and tonnes of airfreight movements have risen by a factor of 10. If Changi has become an integral part of Singapore and a key asset to ensure the city-state position in the global flows, there has been no research on the air-cargo and passengers networks created and articulated by Changi throughout the Singapore-Johor-Riau (SIJORI) cross-border region. Locating Changi within broader territorial context the research argues that Changi has both facilitated and responded to urban developments taking place in Singapore’s hinterlands. Studying transnational flows of goods and people between Singapore, the Malaysian state of Johor and the Riau Island of Batam in Indonesia, the research examines the roles played by Changi in border processes. It uncovers how Changi along with secondary airports, local logistic firms and small-scale transport infrastructures enable goods and people to cross borders within the region and integrate the global flows of commodities and persons. In doing so the research uses airport infrastructures as a useful lens for broadening the cross-boarder perspective of Singapore and probing how this larger urban region is being redesigned to facilitate the global circulation of people and capital.

Awards

  • Golden Brick Award - Teaching Award 2013, FCL Design Research Studio, Rochor+: Microscale urbanity - shaping an alternative urban vision. Kees Christiaanse, Ying Zhou, Edda Ostertag, Anna Gasco
  • University IUAV of Venice, Erasmus Scholarship, 2001
  • International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD) Venice, Scholarship, 2001

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