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Table of Contents

Dilli Haat in Janakpuri
Tony’s Organic House
Shops in a Park

Reviving Local Cultural Heritage
Automobile Design Studio
The Old Block at Ipoh

‘Recharged’ Kilang Bateri
Kki Sweets and The Little Dröm Store
Kurve 7

Milestones & Events

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Retail Therapy

The world of retail has become painfully monotonous. Malls are the same everywhere. They sell the same brands; the same labels. There is no community space—nowhere in a mall where you can just be (unless you are prepared to dish out $5 for a latte). And let’s also agree on this: the Green mall, with its energy-saving bulbs and recharging stations for electric cars, does little to alleviate the boredom. The prefix ‘eco’ is simply not enough.

But malls did not start out this way. This typology was, at one time, a way of internalising public spaces where buildings became analogous to the urban grid. Walkways were ‘streets’, atria were ‘squares’. There was little air-conditioning. We let in the wind and the humidity, and shoppers did not seem to mind. All of this gave way to a mass-market mentality. Malls, like the fast food they sell, became generic—a formula for higher profits and lower sustenance.

So we, the editorial team, set out to look for retail experiences with a difference.

Some malls, we found, have returned to their roots as an urban intervention. Namba Parks in Osaka, Japan is a wonderful example of how a big building becomes part of a network. From canyon-like streets to terraced roofscapes, this is a mini neighbourhood that plugs into wider neighbourhoods. Not all malls, though, have the luxury of size. Kurve 7 in Bangkok is tiny by comparison but it too aspires to recreate the High Street. Here, being small has its advantages: intimacy is important to community space.

Other malls challenge the cliché of the air-conditioned box. Dilli Haat is more a bazaar than a mall—a concept that feels at home in Asia. This ethereal clustering of umbrellas and timber shafts looks borderline sci-fi, except that it makes perfect sense in the heat of the North Indian summer. Bazaar is also a good way to describe Kilang Bateri in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an exuberant example of adaptive reuse. Reusing a building is Green, yes; rekindling our love for it is Greener still. What is doubly nice about Kilang Bateri is its commitment to the local: craft, food and produce. Three other projects from Japan—Namba Parks, OKOMEYA and Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Roastery & Café—work hard at capturing localness by creating spaces for farming or making visible the love of rice and coffee.

What does all this say about the pursuit of Green?

Green is about the way we choose to live. People attach themselves to an experience; something that offers meaning. And when that something is nostalgic or local, they are often prepared to accept discomfort and inconvenience. Yes, some will still clamour for an air-conditioned box but there are also many others—in crowded, chaotic Asia—who want to feel a connection with each other; with nature; with art and heritage; and with who they are.

Let’s make it happen.



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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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


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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


Vietnam Urban Green Growth Week 2015

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