The Smarter, Dynamic, Greener Programme

How to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across Asian cities


Many cities across Asia are quickly developing to deal with new challenges and opportunities in the modern world. Cities in the region must consider the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and find real strategies to meet them. In recent years many urban solutions have flooded the market and choosing the right strategies to make real change is a complicated task.

There is a strong need for expertise and experiences to be shared between cities and nations, to help governors and practitioners to quickly identify urban development strategies that work. This means that new and up-to-date information needs to be made available that focuses on actionable solutions to urban challenges. For this reason, The ISOCARP Institute and Think City Institute have partnered to deliver ‘Smarter Dynamic Greener’, a programme that focuses on how to meet SDGs and make cities more liveable and how to address key developmental challenges across Asian cities.


The ‘Smarter, Dynamic, Greener’ programme aims to increase capacities in Asian cities to address the main challenges of sustainable urban development in the region. It explores the uniqueness of cities across Asia and dives into the challenges and opportunities of rapid urbanisation,  increasing threats of climate change and the array of new technologies.

The programme revolves around effective strategies to meet SDGs in the region, with each course taking on a major urban development topic. The courses in the programme break down the knowledge, skills, approaches, and resources needed to form strategies able to simultaneously meet several SDGs.

Participants will be taking part in a cross-disciplinary programme that looks into three main themes each addressing new challenges and opportunities to make smarter, dynamic and greener cities.

Expected outcomes of the programme include:

  • Increased understanding of key challenges and opportunities in sustainable urban development
  • Awareness of regionally available urban technologies and solutions
  • Knowledge of methods and strategies for the application of solutions across Asian cities
  • Knowledge of best practices and pitfalls in the application of solutions in regionally similar contexts
  • Access to a professional network of cities, practitioners and solutions providers


Explores the urgent challenges posed by climate change across Asian cities and explores new methodologies and technologies to minimise impacts and save lives. 

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Dive into the heart of urban design for the cities of tomorrow, exploring the revolutionary deigns for modern, attractive and efficient architecture and urban areas.

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Delve into the transformative potential of digitalisation and AI to explore how these innovative tools can enhance the design and liveability of cities in Asia, and the challenges they bring with them.

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Each course will require three weeks to complete. Once a week, participants are required to attend a 1.5 to 2 hour long compulsory LIVE interactive online session conducted by an industry expert focusing on the content for that week by highlighting key theories, methodologies, and case studies to illustrate the topic. Being an interactive session, participants will also be given the opportunity to engage with the instructors.  

In the final week of each course, in addition to the lecture that week, a virtual solutions marketplace will be held. Using digital tools that enable expo-like structures, all lecturers, guest speakers and external invitees will be available to present specific solutions and answer questions relating to their deployment across Asian cities. 

Duration: 3 weeks 
LIVE online sessions: 1 intro session of 30 minutes, 3 lecturers of 1.5 hours each, 1 solutions marketplace of 2 hours.
Total contact time: 6.5 hours
Personal assignments: 3 assignments of 1.5 hours each
Total time commitment participants: 11 hours


Urban Climate Resilience and Natural Disaster Management

Research Associate at UNDP India. Saxena’s role is a secondment to the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, where she works on the Biennial Report on Global Infrastructure Resilience. Her recent work on the Global Infrastructure Resilience Report prepared under the partnership of United Nations Development Programme and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure positions her well to deliver this week’s content.

Dr. Mohammed Firoz, an Associated Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at NIT Calicut, India, with a PhD in Regional Development and Planning from IIT Kharagpur, and several years of experience in teaching subjects related to Urban, Regional and Environmental Planning. He is actively involved in research, publishing as well as consultancy and university services in relation to these subjects, and therefore brings a strong expertise for this week’s content.

Prakash Kamtam is an independent consultant with over 26 years of experience working with UN bodies, multi-lateral organisations and the public sector in the areas of smart cities, digital transformation and disaster management. He has worked on a large range of urban planning and development projects and brings considerable experience of projects that span local and national decision-making.

Artificial Intelligence and the Automated City (TBC)

Urban Climate Resilience: Dealing with Natural Disasters (TBC)


Learning material will be provided each week that supplements the information delivered in the lectures. This material will consist of:

  • Pre-selected articles
  • Short information pieces
  • Explanatory videos (in-house and external)

Revision of the learning material is optional, however the content is selected to compliment the learnings from each topic. As such, participants are encouraged to view the material each week in preparation for lectures.


Participants will be required to complete one graded personal assignment per week. Personal assignments will be completed in pairs, with participants paired up in the intro session to the course. The assignments will follow one case study that will run throughout each course with assignments challenging participants to apply the learnings from the lecture, to design solutions for sustainable urban development. The assignments are designed as moments to apply the theory taught in lectures and are therefore open book and limited in their complexity.

Personal assignments will be graded each week by the lecturers, with support from the course coordinators. Scores will be recorded and will contribute to the final certificates of participants.



All attendees that complete the course will be provided with a certificate of completion and an alumni-book. The alumni-book will contain photos of attendees, contact information and a memorable moment from the course for each attendee. The purpose of the book is to facilitate connection between attendees after the course ends. 

Members of the group that score the highest in the case study workshop and tutorial assignments, combined, will also be awarded a certificate with distinction. This distinction will apply to all group members and is determined by moderators, considering the scores of each group throughout the course.


The programme is developed and designed for city planners, policy and decision makers, civil society members and a range of private stakeholders, translating expert knowledge into constructive and applicable urban strategies. The content is of particular relevance to local governments and organisations connected to decision-making mechanisms, whether public or private. A strong emphasis is also placed on the role of private organisations and businesses in contributing to effective strategies for sustainable urban development. Woking professionals from a range of private sectors operating in the urban scene are therefore invited to join courses, and to develop connections to decision-makers, societal groups and solutions providers by doing so.


Each individual course is USD300. However, a discount of USD50 will be given to participants who enrol in two courses, and a discount of 100 USD if participants enrol for all three courses.

Enroll for any one course – USD300

Enroll in any two courses – USD550 (USD300 + USD250)

Enroll in all three courses – USD750 (USD300 + USD250 + USD200) 


Urban Climate Resilience and Natural Disaster Management (April 2024) (Registration Now Open)

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Urban Designs for the Future (TBC)

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Artificial Intelligence and the Automated City (TBC)

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The ISOCARP Institute is an international research centre serving as a “Urban Think Tank” that facilitates the generation and dissemination of knowledge for better cities. We​ combine a wealth of experience in European research projects, global capacity building programmes, and technical advisory services, to contribute to sustainable and inclusive urban development. With an outreach of 85 countries, the ISOCARP Institute participates in a variety of external projects under different programmes (UN-Habitat, European Union) and collaborates​ with many world renowned organisations. 

The Institute’s prime strengths include; supporting cross-border collaboration globally, upholding professional excellence in urban planning, offering trainings to advance sustainable planning; increasing awareness of major development trends and promoting best practices in urban development.​

Think City Institute (TCI) is the culmination of a decade of know-how, experimentation and expertise derived from Think City’s projects and knowledge networks in ASEAN and beyond. TCI will offer resources from our Knowledge Repository, and courses, built inhouse and with our international partners, to all levels of professionals looking to elevate proficiencies in city-making and urban development.