The FuturArc Interview
Rahul Mehrotra
Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University read more.
FuturArc Showcase
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Socially-inclusive Development Category: A Juror’s View read more.
Practising Regenerative Design and Development read more.



CURRENT ISSUE - May-Jun 2015

Table of Contents
The FuturArc Interview

Rahul Mehrotra – Professor and Chair Department of Urban Planning and Design,
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

FuturArc Showcase
Factory on the Earth & Laurelton Diamonds 

Socially-inclusive Development Category: A Juror’s View
Institutional Category: A Juror’s View
King George V School – Performing Arts Block
Another Park
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension
Goodearth Malhar – Footprints
The Green House as Search

Practising Regenerative Design and Development

BCI Asia Top Ten 2015
Milestones & Events

Product Advertorials

Special Supplement 2015
Featuring information on the FuturArc
competitions, jurors and winning entries
FuturArc Prize 2015 Winners
FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2015 Winners


Green Awards Edition | Regenerative Design

At the jury meeting, we deliberated, first, the submissions for FuturArc Prize 2015 (FAP). The competition brief, regenerative design, has been a topic of discussion for some years. But there are precious few projects worldwide that illustrate application, fewer still in Asia*.

What would FAP entries add to this discourse?

The jury picked winners at two ends of a scale. Some were master plans for redevelopment, in effect, describing new networks. Others were small, strategic injections into an existing network, acts of eco-puncture.

The FuturArc Interview this issue is with Rahul Mehrotra who, in his reflections on Asian urbanism, says that both scales are important to the revitalisation of Asian cities. Mehrotra was not on the jury but his views and projects underscore ours on the need for a ripple effect on entire systems.

Jury deliberations on the FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2015 (FGLA) entries veered towards the same question. It should be said that most FGLA entries before us made a case for a better building. They were exceptional in that they sought to mitigate impact of consumption or improve the lot of users within site boundaries.

But should leadership be anything less than an attempt to influence a wider condition, beyond site?

We therefore looked not only at what projects did, but also what they represented. It was important that a project in Singapore was a leader amongst others in Singapore; likewise Hong Kong, likewise Cambodia, etc. Green leadership cannot be divorced from context.

The one category in which we debated ‘meaning’ at length was Socially-inclusive Development.

Sanjay Prakash sums it up nicely, “Western-style sustainability in architecture sits uncomfortably with Asian societies where architecture is an outcome of social activity, as a collaborative and participatory process. In this geography, therefore, ‘Greenness’ is intimately tied to participation and inclusiveness.”

The winner in this category, the Baan Luang Rajamaitri Historic Inn, is a moving example of participation and inclusiveness. This is regeneration at its best.

For our readers wondering what this means at the drawing board, Mehrotra has a couple of thoughts from his own work: create soft boundaries that encourage the co-mingling of different groups, create or co-opt public space, dissolving hard edges between building and city. His projects in Hyderabad and Mumbai illuminate this approach.

The first prize winner of FAP, professional category, coincidentally, was a proposal for the redevelopment of an entire island off the coast of Bali, contaminated by years of abuse. As the jury soaked in the landscape before us, we were reminded how bad things really are, just a few kilometres away.

We hope the projects and ideas in this issue inspire you, wherever you are in Asia.

In the last issue of the magazine, we featured an interview with Chrisna du Plessis, a leading proponent of regenerative design. In this issue we feature an article by du Plessis and Dominique Hes, co-author of the book, Designing for Hope. Readers can view the video accompaniment to this book, entitled The Regenerates, on the FuturArc website.





June 2015 News Roundup

Although a house is a much bigger commitment compared to goods and services, there is an increased demand for eco-friendly homes in most emerging nations, such as Sri Lanka. read more


May 2015 News Roundup

Coordinated efforts by six cities in China are expected to reduce air pollution by decreasing the concentration of airborne particles that can penetrate the lungs and harm health. The cities currently have their own emergency systems and impose different restrictions on the use of vehicles on smoggy days. read more


April 2015 News Roundup

This year, Earth Day, the world’s largest civic event marked on 22 April every year, is commemorating its 45th anniversary with the theme “It’s our turn to lead”. read more


March 2015 News Roundup

According to Hoang Van Hien, chairman of Hien Luong agricultural co-operative, biofertilisers made from farm waste is replacing industrial products in rice paddies, peanut and vegetable farms. read more


February 2015 News Roundup

After the installation of two vertical axis wind turbines as part of its high-profile renovation project, one of the world’s most iconic sites has become the latest high-profile venue to embrace renewable energy. read more

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BCI Asia Top Ten 2015

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Green Cities 2015: Only Connect

Held on 17–19 March, the theme for this year’s Green Cities was Connect, which proved a chance for the 700 attendees to connect both physically through networking opportunities, and intellectually to new ideas that will help them move beyond business as usual. read more


2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

Leaders of Australian architecture have been honoured at the 2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards held in Melbourne on 19 March. The Australian Institute of Architects awarded prizes to respected practitioners, emerging architects, academics and students for their exemplary contribution to the profession across a range of disciplines. read more


14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition

Organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC), and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hong Kong exhibition entitled Fundamentally Hong Kong? Delta Four 1984–2044 at the 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition opened a dialogue on the tension between Hong Kong architecture and urbanisation of the Pearl River Delta. read more


HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards 2015

Organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, the HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards (CADSA) 2015 was successfully concluded by drawing international attention and dialogues on cross-strait architecture, as well as awarding the recipients on 28 March 2015 at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. read more


MB Group’s Sales Gallery Launch in Singapore and Sungai Pulai Wellness Resort’s Ambassadors

On 26 February 2015, MB Group held the official launch of MB Group sales gallery in Singapore and announced the signing on of Singaporean-born actress, Fann Wong and her husband, Christopher Lee, as Sungai Pulai Wellness Resort’s ambassadors. read more


Nanyang Technological University’s Learning Hub Media Tour

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, in conjunction with Heatherwick Studio, held a media tour of its new Learning Hub on 10 March 2015. The Learning Hub is the design firm’s first major permanent building in Asia. read more

The 2nd Singapore Good Design Mark and SG50 Special Awards
Three innovations from local start-ups have won at this year’s Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) Awards. The SG Mark serves as a symbol of design excellence to encourage and champion holistic design practices for global competitiveness. read more

Frei Otto awarded the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Frei Otto has received the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Tom Pritzker announced on 23 March. Otto becomes the 40th laureate of the Pritzker Prize and the second laureate from Germany. The Pritzker Architecture Prize award ceremony was held in Miami on 15 May. read more







Singapore Institute of Architects 55th Council 2015/2016
Ong Tze Boon of ONG&ONG Pte Ltd was elected as the new president of the Singapore Institute of Architects at its annual general meeting on 18 March 2015. read more
Singapore Takes Lead in Asia’s Water Sustainability Development

Ahead of the World Water Day 2015 held on 22 March 2015, Singapore, with a well-protected and clean water supply, has been named the top Asian city in water sustainability development.  read more








New SGBC Board to Accelerate Green Building Agenda
Chia Ngiang Hong (group general manager, City Developments Limited) took over the leadership for the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) from Ng Eng Kiong (managing director, Squire Mech Pte Ltd). read more
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Finalists announced for WorldGBC’s Green Building Leadership Awards

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

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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

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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
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World Architecture Festival Award Entries Now Open
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