The FuturArc Interview
Robert Engelman, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute? read more.
Post-disaster Housing Prototypes
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Hut to Hut Prototype read more.
House for Trees read more.
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Table of Contents

Main Feature
Sociable Architecture?
The FuturArc Interview
Robert Engelman
Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute

House for Trees

Constance Street Public Housing
Split House
Mongkok Residence
Hut to Hut Prototype
Shunya: Prototyping India’s first Net Zero-Energy Building
Keio Co-Evolving House
Post-disaster Housing Prototypes

Langkawi Home
Goodwood Residence
Eco Space Townhome and Clubhouse
Blooming Bamboo Home and BES Pavillion
In Conversation with Sandeep Virmani
Small & Smart: Designing for Compact Living

Bringing it Home: Resource Efficiency in India’s New Residences
Milestones & Events


Housing Issue | Making Homes Resilient

Resilience. What is it? And why does it matter?

The term, as textbook definitions go, refers to the ability of a system to withstand or recover from adversity. In the context of homes and cities, we think about new kinds of adversity. Hyper-urbanisation strains our wellness; climate change sends us extreme weather; once-abundant energy and water are now scarce or compromised.

We started planning this issue with the intent of revisiting the Green homes in Asia. We got a little more than we bargained for. In the pages ahead you will find some projects with Green credentials. You will also find projects that look like prototypes or test-beds. These tell the story of resilience.

Keio Co-Evolving House in Japan is all about speed and adaptability of form, plus deep reliance on renewables and recycled materials. The Shunya Net Zero-Energy Home in India looks like a showroom of what middle-class living might be, were it to be powered by the sun. The Blooming Bamboo Home and BES Pavilion in Vietnam speak of new ways to use old methods and materials, with the intent of achieving self-sufficiency. The Hut to Hut project in India, like the one in Vietnam, shows how something that looks vernacular can be new and forward thinking. Lastly, the Post-disaster Housing in NYC and Japan gives us a perspective on rebuilding lives.

Patrick Bingham-Hall’s essay on sociable architecture reminds us that the home, in the way that shared space is crafted, is really about community. Miriel Ko looks at the phenomena of shrinking homes and asks how less can be more. Small personal space and too little shared space are adversities brought on by urban density. And density, the way that it is done today, is a problem of our making.

The underlying assumption here—if we could only fix our cities—is put into a tailspin by our guest for the FuturArc Interview, Robert Engelman, Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute. He argues that it’s not that we have more people in cities; it’s that we have more people. With more mouths to feed and a culture of seeking more when we have enough, we have a disaster in the making. How we choose to design really takes third place to, first, how we redistribute wealth from the haves to the have-nots and, second, how we cut back on consumption and GDP growth. Almost no country in the world does this. Engelman points to a couple of examples that come close but he admits they are not perfect role models.

And so until we find a pathway for managing current trajectories of growth, the pragmatist in us says that we must look to resilience through design. How can we not? Resilience is not an option. It is the only option. We hope this issue gives you food for thought.



January 2015 News Roundup

Singapore real estate developer Keppel Land ranked fourth on the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index (Global 100), which was released by Canadian investment advisory firm Corporate Knights at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meetingread more


December 2014 News Roundup

Imperial Home Corp. (IHC), a local real estate company, has collaborated with Enfinity Group, a Belgian solar power company, for the development of solar-powered subdivision with 1,000 homes in Santo Tomas, which will be the first solar-powered housing project in the country. read more


November 2014 News Roundup

India has constructed its first net-zero energy building with adoption of solar passive design and energy-efficient building materials. The building boasts an earthquake-resistant structure with a total plinth area of 31,488 square metres. read more


October 2014 News Roundup

Across the Bay of Jakarta, off the city’s northern coast, a 35-kilometre wall is being built to combat flooding in the Indonesian capital. Shaped like a Garuda, the aim of the wall is to prevent floods and provide alternative land area for residential areas and offices. read more


September 2014 News Roundup

Commute times in some of Asia’s most congested cities are seen to drop, after a breakthrough in traffic prediction modelling, trialled in Bangkok and recognised at this year’s APEC Science Award for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) in Beijing on 17 September. read more

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Energy Saving Locking Devices

Fire & Security Hardware Pty Limited (FSH), now part of the Allegion family, has launched a new product range called EcoLine, comprising energy-saving electromechanical locking devices equipped with high-security systems. read more

Pump Audits
Building owners in Asia are increasingly adopting Green rating schemes to certify their buildings’ environmental performance and enhance their assets’ Green credentials, which can later translate to higher asset value. read more
LED Modules
Vossloh-Schwabe’s 220 to 240 V LED modules allow users to switch easily to LED without requiring extra work on existing luminaries. Available with or without a heat sink, the LED modules in the ReadyLine series encompass a DoB (Driver on Board) system that allows for easy integration even in limited space. read more
Bathroom Fittings and Systems
A collaboration with Indonesian designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo, the TOTO Toja series is a comprehensive and versatile range of bathroom fittings and systems catering to the needs of modern spaces. read more
Mechanical Switches
NEO’s mechanical switches allow the flexibility to mix and match configurations for use in small- and large-scale projects. Equipped withhorizontal dollies, the NEO C-Metro range is equipped with LED locators that give off a white or blue glow to let users know where each switch is located at night. read more
Eco-friendly, Long-lasting Paint
Majestic True Beauty is the latest paint series from Jotun. Encompassing EcoHealth features, this environmentally-friendly collection ensures the products are safe for the environment and for users. It is also 100 percent free of harmful chemicals such as AEPO, formaldehyde and heavy metals. read more
Inspired by Nature
Human Nature is a new carpet tile collection from Interface which debuted globally in June this year. The carpet tiles, in a skinny plank format, are made from 100 percent recycled nylon yarn. read more
Solutions to Renovation Projects
Recommended for use in remodelling projects, Dow Corning’s 123 Silicone Seal is a preformed silicone extrusion that can be applied over failed sealants and vertical expansion joints, eliminating the need for caulking and sealant removal. read more
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BCA launches new initiatives for inclusive living in Singapore

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has introduced new initiatives that will bring Singapore a step closer to an inclusive living environment. read more
Smarter design for better urban housing
On 24 November, HASSELL conducted a discussion on the challenges that urban cities are currently facing and the innovative approaches that will help unlock their economic, social and cultural potential. The event was held in their headquarters in Shanghai, China. read more
President’s Design Award 2014
In its ninth year, the President’s Design Award is administered by the DesignSingapore Council of the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Sixteen jurors from nine countries, including Singapore, assessed 133 eligible nominations before making the final cut. read more
3rd Annual Commercial Building Architecture-Designing-Performance Summit and 2014 Asia Pacific Green-CREP Award Ceremony
The 3rd Annual Commercial Building Architecture-Designing-Performance Summit and 2014 Asia Pacific Green-CREP (Commercial Real Estate Best Practices) Award Ceremony was held from 12 to 13 November. read more
RICS and HKIS co-organise the RICS HKIS Joint Valuation Conference 2014
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) jointly organised the RICS HKIS Joint Valuation Conference 2014. This was their first collaboration for a valuation conference in recent years. read more
Green Building Award 2014
Well-attended by over 400 industry practitioners and nominees and with the presence of Paul Chan Mo-po, MH, JP, secretary for development, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, as the guest-of-honour of the gala dinner and the honorary advisor of the jury panel, the Green Building Award (GBA) 2014 award presentation was held on 20 November 2014 at Conrad Hong Kong Hotel. read more
Design for Asia Awards 2014
Design for Asia (DFA) Awards is the flagship programme of Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) to celebrate design excellence and acknowledge outstanding designs with Asian perspectives. The presentation ceremony took place on 3 December. read more
Chinachem holds 3rd Biennial Sustainable Development Conference
Chinachem Group held its 3rd Biennial Sustainable Development Conference on 10 October 2014 at the L’hotel Nina et Convention Centre, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. The theme of the conference was The Future of Sustainability: From Planning to Implementation. read more
Zero Carbon Building Limited unveils Eco-home
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) and Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Limited hosted an opening ceremony to unveil Eco-home 2014 at Hong Kong’s first zero carbon building, ZCB, in Kowloon Bay on 12 August 2014. Wong Kam-sing, JP, secretary for the environment, was the guest-of-honour at the ceremony. read more
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Finalists announced for WorldGBC’s Green Building Leadership Awards

WorldGBC has revealed the finalists for the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building. The biennial awards honours outstanding organisations for their commitment to sustainability, and celebrates innovative Green building projects.

Singapore’s Vertical Garden Enters the Guinness World Records as the Largest

A vertical Green wall built on the façade of the Tree House Condominium in Singapore was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest vertical garden.

Update from Thai Green Building Institute

The Thai Green Building Institute (TGBI) has announced that it is preparing the TREES (Thai’s Rating of Energy and Environmental Sustainability) standard for core and shell, and existing buildings. This new Green building rating system is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Richard Rogers to chair the World Architecture Festival 2014 super-jury

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has unveiled this year’s ‘super jury’ comprising of a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, led by renowned British architect Richard Rogers. He will be joined on the super-jury by Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg, Enric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

Shigeru Bayan Wins 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

This year’s Pritzker Prize goes to Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year-old architect with offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York. He is the seventh architect from Japan to receive the honour, which will be officially awarded on 13 June 2014, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan Joins with AECOM to Advance Sustainable Development in Malaysia
[Press Release] Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territory Foundation), a foundation body under Malaysia’s Ministry of Federal Territories, and AECOM signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a center of excellence in Greater Kuala Lumpur Klang Valley (Greater KL/KV) to advance sustainable urban development in Malaysia. 
Danfoss Turbocor and Haier Build Highly Efficient Air Conditioning Systems for Kai Fu Jian Guo Hotel
[Press Release] As for energy consumption in hotel operations, air-conditioning systems take a large proportion due to long operation times, i.e. running around the clock. Statistics show it accounts for 30-50 percent of the energy consumption of the hotel.

World Architecture Festival Award Entries Now Open
The World Architecture Festival (WAF)—the largest, live architectural awards programme—has opened the entries for WAF 2014. The awards set the benchmark for architectural excellence, where talented architects from all over the world gather to showcase their building designs to more than 2,500 architects, clients and journalists from over 65 countries. 

Philips Creates Interactive Lighting Experiences at i Light Marina Bay 2014
Philips has provided LED technology to two installations at i Light Marina Bay, a sustainable light art installation festival which runs from 7 to 30 March 2014 at Marina Bay Waterfront, Singapore. The two installations are “BEAT” by design and engineer firm Arup, and “iSWARM” by the Singapore University of Design and Technology (SUTD). Philips is also the festival’s Sustainability Workshop Partner.
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