For my trip in Asia, Singapore is the forts step. The spontaneous impression is that the city is in constant reconstruction. There are building sites everywhere, the city moves and changes. Recent buildings (ten years) are destroyed and new ones are installed in a precise but evolving map of the city.
The city has an impressive energy and these changes reflect it. I think that there is, in general, a link between the dynamics of the city, how it is able to recreate itself continuously and the ability of its people to generate a new world.
The city by itself creates a momentum that appears to be stronger than in France. That may be why we can hear a lot of French language when we walk in the street