Technology can’t replace good design, says Singapore’s ex-master planner

This phenomenon of technology hype cycles has only accelerated in recent years as the number of new innovations out there has increased. Therefore, the danger of firms adopting new, trendy technologies before a plan has been thoroughly thought out can backfire.
“Design must always lead technology, and technology cannot replace design,” Liu Thai Ker, an architect and the former master planner of Singapore, said to Tech Wire Asia at the recent Economist Sustainability Summit in Kuala Lumpur.
Liu – also known as the “architect of modern Singapore” – explained that though the Smart Nation concept may be the logical next step in the island nation’s long-standing relationship with technology, it’s a relationship that could never have existed without the meticulous planning mapped out by the government more than 50 years ago today.