Creativity and serendipity depend on it.
What am I talking about? An architect called Aaron Betsky zeroes in on the downsides of Singapore's planning obsession. Yes, it all works but
everything was being planned with such efficiency and with such an eye to latest theories of what makes good urban environment that there was no opportunity for chance, ad hoc activities, or the joy of contrasts.
My office is in the Marina Bay Sands area so I know that Betsky is bang-on with his assessment. Sadly and frustratingly, this is a thread that runs through all of Singapore, not just in urban planning but also, to pick just a few areas, education, the arts, the promotion of entrepreneurship and sports.
This terrific short post tells you more: Singapore's URA: Too much planning? Especially watch for the very funny dig at our bureaucrats' reading habits!