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Harrison Fraker
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, United States read more.
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Asia-Pacific Cities: Smart, But Also Sustainable? read more.


CURRENT ISSUE - Mar-Apr 2016

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The New Network

This issue was initially titled “infrastructure” but that word feels increasingly obsolete in the lexicon of sustainability. There has been a substantive shift in the conversation this past decade for which we need new words. We have moved from a techno-centric view of Green to a quality-of-life perspective, where we plan better systems. The pride we felt in concrete highways and storm water systems—once symbols of an efficient, progressive city—is giving way to the pleasure we seek from blue-green systems that improve ecology and create new public space.

Japan was a pioneer in the re-naturalisation of waterways. The Japan River Restoration Network (JRRN) was formed in the 1990s; it later participated in the formation of the Asian River Restoration Network (ARRN) in 2006. The JRRN attempted to fix the mess that came out of rapid industrialisation in the 1970s.

Fast forward 2005: Seoul opened the Cheonggyecheon project, probably the most publicised river restoration project in Asia where an elevated vehicular highway was removed to restore a waterway. Singapore, in 2012, opened the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (featured in FuturArc Sep-Oct 2014 issue) that took away a concrete storm water canal and replaced it with a naturalised stream. Singapore now has an island wide network of park connectors that promote walking and cycling (featured in FuturArc Sep-Oct 2014 issue). Each project has been massively popular with the public, having impacts on biodiversity, urban hydrology and real estate prices—or as what experts say as the people-planet-profit.

In this issue we feature several blue-green parks in China, not unlike the ones in Seoul and Singapore. There is an urban cycling network in an Indian city, an elevated park connector in Seoul, much like the High Line in New York.

What is common to all, aside from stated environmental goals, is that they are built around human experience. We are meant to feel good. And this comes from proximity to nature and community, access to clean water, air and natural light, all delivered with a purposeful sense of—dare we say it?—beauty. Sustainability starts with reimagining systems. The building occupant and the city dweller, both deserve a better life, not simply a less worse one.

Data on Japan was sourced by Alakesh Dutta, who in this issue talks about the assessment of blue-green projects.



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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More than just a 3D version of CAD, BIM is a key technological innovation that can help Asia’s burgeoning architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector become more productive and sustainable, especially on large-scale commercial and infrastructure projects. read more
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. read more
Zirconwood is a form of thermally modified timber. First developed to improve the durability and performance of softwoods, it has recently been extended to boost the performance of hardwoods, allowing certain timbers to be used externally with no additional protectionread more
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. read more
Some of the in-house products manufactured by DDG Glass include heatstrengthened glass; tempered glass; heat-soaked glass; insulated glass; laminated safety glass; anti-bandit glass; laser-engraved glass; painted glass; and patterned glass. They also supply glass products that enhance energy efficiency, such as low-emissivity (low-E) glass, solar control glass and digitally-printed glass. read more
ParexGroup’s Davco K10 Green Sheet R is a low-VOC waterproofing membrane that is Green Mark compliant. It is a rapid drying, solvent-free, single-component and multilayer waterproofing system, formulated with the latest hybrid polymer with fast cross-linking speed. read more
Developed and commercialised in 1982 by Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (AGC), the Lumiflon resin is a highly durable fluoropolymer for coatings. AGC selected vinyl ethers as comonomers for the fluoroethylene monomers, which resulted in a user-friendly resin that has the ability to solvate in a wide variety of commercial solvents. read more
Designed in Germany, Geze Powerturn is an automatic swing door drive, which opens large, heavy doors reliably and safely. With its low overall height, each design is made to fit. read more
Knauf Insulation is helping to build a Greener, more sustainable Singapore with its recent product certification for the Earthwool OmniFit range from the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC). read more
Colourful and Functional Décor Panels

Since 1999, Sunyu has been offering their products and services to the manufacturing industry. Up until now, it is still seeking to expand its range with the introduction of the Eligere series, which comprises Vivid High Gloss Acrylic Panel and Melame MFC Décor Panel. read more

Lighting Control Solutions for Indoor Applications
Alongside highly efficient lighting systems, the trend is moving towards technologies that focus on a further increase in energy efficiency combined with an additional improvement in comfort. read more
Preventing Efflorescence
Efflorescence is a potential problem whenever Portland cement products are used. It is an aesthetic problem that developers and owners aim to avoid seeing. Laticrete has developed an exclusive range of adhesive and grout to prevent efflorescence—Laticrete 3216 Hybrid Thin Set Adhesive and Laticrete 1800 Hydrophobic Grout. read more
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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.  read more


Waste Management Asia 2016

With over 50 percent of the world’s population predicted to be living in the Asia-Pacific region by 2050, only about 10 percent of solid waste ends up in properly engineered and managed landfill sites. Moreover, most Asian towns and cities use open dumps.  read more


Ashui Awards 2015

The Ashui Awards ceremony for architects and buildings has been organised annually since 2012. This year, the awards had two new categories: the Contractor of the Year and the Developer of the Year.   read more





Nikken Sekkei announced as master planner for Singapore’s Rail Corridor

The Nikken Sekkei-led design team was announced as the master plan winner of the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP) for its second stage concept master plan proposal.   read more



BEAM Society 5th Anniversary Conference

BEAM Society Limited (BSL) hosted its fifth anniversary conference at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 25 September with an aim to facilitate discussion on sustainable development of existing buildings in the city.  read more


WorldGBC Congress 2015 Hong Kong

With the theme Thinking Beyond: Pathway to Future Sustainable City Development, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) concluded its two-day main conference of the WorldGBC Congress 2015 Hong Kong (Congress 2015) on 30 October.  read more


CIDB’s inaugural QLASSIC Day 2015

On 30 November, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia dedicated a day to Quality Assessment System in Construction (QLASSIC) to honour developers and contractors who scored highly during assessment in 2014. QLASSIC is an assessment system that measures and evaluates the workmanship quality of a building’s construction work based on the country’s construction industry standard (CIS).  read more


World Class Sustainable Cities 2015

More than 500 participants and over 20 government ministries and local councils from across Malaysia gathered at the 7th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2015 (WCSC 2015) held at The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 29 September 2015.  read more


NUS establishes Centre for Integrated Building Energy and Sustainability in the Tropics

The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) School of Design and Environment inaugurated on 19 November the Centre for Integrated Building Energy and Sustainability in the Tropics (CiBEST) to develop cutting-edge expertise in designing energy-efficient and sustainable buildings in the tropical climate.  read more


World Architecture Festival 2015

The eighth World Architecture Festival (WAF) took place from 4 to 6 November and gathered more than 2,000 architects and designers at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. With over 700 entries, 338 shortlisted projects from 47 countries vied for 31 award categories.  read more

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More key speakers added to Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 roster

ASIA-PACIFIC - The list of industry speakers at this year’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition, for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, has more than 50 speakers confirmed.

Benoy Chairman Joins British Prime Minister on Delegation to Southeast Asia

Benoy, the world-renowned firm of architects, masterplanners, interior and graphic designers, announced on 28 July that its chairman, Graham Cartledge CBE DL, is currently accompanying the British Prime Minister, the Right Honourable David Cameron MP, as part of the high profile trade mission to Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The world’s greatest architecture festival returns as entries for the awards opens

The annual World Architecture Festival Awards was launched formally in London this week. The awards will be celebrated at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore this November, following three days of intensive live presentations and judging.

Cityscape Malaysia 2015 to host Malaysia Real Estate Summit and Islamic Property Finance Forum

Informa Exhibitions has announced that the latest edition of the world’s largest portfolio of real estate investment and development events will be held in Malaysia. The inaugural launch of Cityscape Malaysia 2015 is slated on 4 to 6 February 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

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.

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