MPAS 2016 
FuturArc Interview: BILL BROWNING; Partner, Terrapin Bright Green, Researcher and Consultant for Biophilic and Sustainable Design Solutions read more.
X2 River Kwai read more.
Breathing House read more.
Greenhouse by Muir read more.


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Material Choices

Occasionally, a topic comes along that speaks to the gaps in knowledge more than the solutions. This issue—on building materials—is one of those occasions.

Some materials are bad for us, the building occupants. Some materials are bad for the planet—this relates to the choice of source, methods of extraction and processing. We are told to stick to locally sourced materials to reduce transport-related emissions. Experts’ advice is to reduce waste in construction and demolition. There are tools, like BIM, which facilitate design-for-disassembly and waste management.

All of this sounds simple enough. But the difficulty is that there can be contradictions between criteria. What if a locally sourced material, like timber, depletes a limited but important resource? Is it then better to increase carbon miles and import what you need? What if a material has high embodied energy but offers recyclability? Designers struggle to decide which is the better option, which is the less-worse. The good news is that Green labels are starting to make their presence felt in the industry; the bad news is that the question of metrics is far from resolved. Calculating embodied energy, for instance, is something only a full-time researcher can take on.

And so when we began shortlisting projects for this issue, we went a different way—we looked for buildings that used materials in strategic and defining ways. The palette had to be an important part of an expression of the architectural idea, its sense of place. It had to, of course, also offer an environmental point-of-view.

In this issue, you will find projects that we can imbibe lessons from on how local materials inflect architectural quality, how recycling can be alluring and sensible. The showroom in Hanoi, the house in Ho Chi Minh City and the restaurant in Kuala Lumpur—these are all examples of an architecture of materiality.

In the FuturArc Interview, we talk to Bill Browning who shared his views on biophilic design as a key tenet of Green design to human well-being.



November-December 2015 News Roundup

Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has made a pioneering power purchase agreement (PPA) in which it will install its TwinPeak solar panels across Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore’s (APBS) three rooftops. read more


September-October 2015 News Roundup

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has conferred its prestigious Chairman’s Award 2015 to Dr John Keung, chief executive officer of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Singapore, to honour his energy and passion in advancing the global sustainability movement. read more


August 2015 News Roundup

CRG Architects have made a proposal, which could be the beginning of a solution to Mumbai's chronic housing shortage, with two slightly twisting cylinder-shaped towers made of stacked shipping containers. read more


July 2015 News Roundup

The 2015 winner of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Urban Habitat Award is the PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore, remarkable for its extensive greenery throughout, and its porous, pedestrian-oriented integration with the ground plane. read more

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KEUCO’s EDITION 11 is a bathroom concept that comes with intelligent features and well-designed accessories and fittings. The comprehensive assortment includes washbasins, bathroom furniture, mirror cabinets and light mirrors, all designed by Tesseraux+Partner and made in Germany.
Atticus White is a new marble that is exclusively available from Hot Spring Stone Pte Ltd. It is suitable for walls, floors and countertops in living and dining spaces as well as bathrooms.
The façade from Schùˆco is not only a building envelope, it is also a platform that involves mechatronics. With the new cable guidance system, cables can now be installed reliably and efficiently.
EDITION 400 is a bathroom concept that allows for customisation of design. The range includes an exclusive washing area with a washbasin and vanity unit, and is available upon request as a custom solution or freely combinable side units. 
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BESPOKE is a furniture system that brings style to the bathroom, comprising a collection that is versatile and conventional, yet contemporary in design.
Making full use of its flexibility, Jonite’s customisation and design services allow grate panels to create bold and inventive concepts that reflect the creative freedom of landscape architects and designers. 
FLUMOOD is a composite material comprising mainly of aluminium hydroxide and synthetic resins with a small percentage of styrene. It is non-toxic and harmless to people, animals and the environment.
The new Monier Horizon 8 roof system offers the complete solution for a low pitch roof design, commonly known as flat roof, delivering the lowest pitch level in the market at only 8 degrees.
Seeking to become a global leader in the architecture and design sector for both indoor and outdoor spaces, Cosentino has created Dekton, a new ultracompact surface that is ideal for designers and architects worldwide. 
With an ever-evolving urban landscape, there are greater demands for building design and construction to become more advanced. Hence, it is vital that the coatings of façades, roofing and wall cladding provide additional durability. 
Waterproofing Baths and Swimming Pools

Mapei offers complete systems to spa baths and swimming pools that are able to withstand the test of time and atmospheric agents. 

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In 2013, SMG New Orleans initiated the recoating project of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans: Kymax coating (a thin-build elastomeric coating) was selected for its properties to resist the build-up of dirt and bacteria growth, retain its reflective value and colour, and offer protection against severe weather conditions.
Jonite’s latest product is created from the same natural aggregates used to manufacture their existing line of hardscape products. 
Pentair has made a commitment to develop and offer environmentally friendly products. The Eco Select brand offers energy-efficient pool equipment systems with peak performance, reliability, convenience, easy maintenance and a long service life. 
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10th Green Architecture Seminar

The 10th Green Architecture Seminar was held on 2 July 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City. One of the highlights was the book launch and signing of the Vietnamese edition of Greening Asia by Dr Nirmal Kishnani. Moreover, there was also an overview of the Green trend development in the country and with the outlook extending to Asia.


WCS, SIWW and CESS integrate dialogues, innovations and talent

Held from 10 to 14 July, the fifth edition of the World Cities Summit (WCS), together with Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS), was attended by more than 21,000 visitors and participants including ministers, mayors, government officials, industry leaders and experts, academics, as well as representatives from international organisations.


Winners Announced for Design Capital 21 Competition

On 22 June 2016, winners of the Design Capital 21 competition were announced at a press conference held at the office of Capital City Property Sdn Bhd, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.


FairBuilding Network: Overcoming Poverty One Project at a Time

Two years ago, Dr Matthias Krups, CEO and founder of BCI Media Group, established the FairBuilding Network in the Philippines. After a couple of years, the contributions of the FairBuilding Network are now evident in the society.


Best building projects recognised at Quality Building Award 2016

After 18 months of planning, assessing and judging, the Quality Building Award (QBA) grand award winners, merit winners and finalists, as well as the winner of the Quality Excellence Award were revealed at a ceremony on 24 June 2016 at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.


7th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) launched anew groundbreaking project on 28 June 2016, which aims to ensure that all buildings are net zero by 2050, to help deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement and to tackle climate change.


7th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference

The seventh edition of the Victorian Major Projects Conference was held from 19 to 20 April 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with an attendance of more than 250 delegates.  read more


2016 Macao International Environmental Cooperation Forum and Exhibition

Under the theme Green Economy – Opportunities for Waste Management, the 2016 Macao International Environmental Cooperation Forum and Exhibition (2016MIECF) was held from 31 March to 2 April 2016.  read more


BuildTech Yangon 2016

BuildTech Yangon 2016 wrapped up this year with an expanded focus, showcasing some 120 exhibiting companies that displayed equipment, machinery and solutions on facilities management, interior finishing and architectural solutions.  read more


AkzoNobel invests €347 million in its top brands

AkzoNobel, a global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, continues to invest in delivering advanced solutions to cope with global issues such as population growth, urbanisation, climate change and natural resource constraints.  read more


BCI Asia Top Ten 2016

Held in seven different Asian territories; Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the BCI Asia Top 10 Awards recognises developer and architecture firms with the highest value portfolios of projects during the last full calendar years.  read more


Green Building Index Sustainability hits milestone

Malaysia’s Green Building Index (GBI) has hit the 150-million-square-foot mark of gross floor area in GBI-certified buildings. This is a 50-percent leap from its 100-million-square-foot milestone achieved two years ago, making it the first and largest gross floor area certified by a single Green certification organisation in Malaysia.  read more


Häfele opens design centre in Kuala Lumpur

Established in Malaysia since 1993, Häfele has opened its first design centre in Kuala Lumpur on 10 March 2016. Built within a two-storey, semi-detached building, the 7,200-square-foot design centre showcases model kitchens and wardrobes that the company offers.  read more


Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), a biennial event that gathers leaders and innovators from the global water industry on a single platform, awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 to world-renowned hydrogeologist, Professor John Anthony Cherry on 21 March 2016.  read more


NUS and CDL partner to develop Green living technologies

On 22 March 2016, the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment and City Developments Limited (CDL) announced their partnership in promoting innovations in smart, Green building technologies.  read more


Cities for Tomorrow

Titled “How do we turn cities of today into cities for tomorrow?”, the final Arup forum of the Green Initiatives series Building for Tomorrow compared two complementary views—one from science and the other influenced by anthropology, to educate the audience on how one may begin to manage an entire planet’s worth of waste.  read more


Urbanisation and sustainability—how to bring them together

On 21 January 2016, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce brought together three perspectives on sustainable buildings, including from an architect, a developer and an end user, sharing the various stages of their life cycles and impact on the environment.  read more


Tackling climate change — smart grid, energy codes and biodiesel

Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) organised a seminar on 23 January 2016 to gather speakers from diverse backgrounds to share their work on tackling climate change. The half-day seminar covered topics such as smart grid, biodiesel and the newly launched Building Energy Code 2015.  


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