Others collect butterflies; we collect scientists.

Singaporean official
(2005)
Biopolis is a life- sciences hub in Singapore that is at once embedded
in the Asian tropics and densely connected to biomedical science
sites around the world. Conceived and implemented by a Singapore
government body called the Agency for Science, Technology and
Research
(a*star),
Biopolis is the heart of a new bioeconomy built
to remake the near future. The galactic imagery of
a*star
is reiter-
ated in the words of a Singapore leader who boasted that this port
city must be like a Re naissance city- state (i.e., it must become a cru-
cible of creativity that thrives by welcoming talented people from
far and wide).1 Biopolis, which is central to Singapore’s reinvention
as a knowledge economy, was introduced to the world with extrava-
gant flourishes and fanfare.
In the first two de cades, the Singapore state poured billions
of  U.S. dollars into the biomedical center at the One North cam-
pus. Biopolis began in 2003 with an initial cluster of nine interlinked
towers— there are now thirteen— dedicated to bioscience activities
conducted mainly through public research institutes. The image and
tone of the place were established by the international architect Zaha
Hadid, who helped design a stunning parkland for scientists to work
in. The key research towers are named after Greek mythological
figures— Helios, Chromos, Centros, Nanos, Matrix, Genome, and
INTRODUCTION
INVENTING A CITY OF LIFE
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