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CURRENT ISSUE - Mar-Apr 2014

Table of Contents

The FuturArc Interview
Illac Diaz - Executive Director of MyShelter Foundation

Perth City Link Rail Alliance 
Klang Valley MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line
River of Life 
The Rebirth of Estero de Paco
Punggol Promenade 
Three-border-province of the Southern Region of Thailand Public Park 
Solar Mini-grid for Pho Ba Island 
Scale Lane Bridge

In Conversation with Ben Gunneberg

Making Sustainable Timber a Reality in Asia 
A Flight in Time: Airport Architecture 
Movement and Pause: Transit Buildings as Public Space 
From Mitigation Technologies to Sustainable Architecture



Living Infrastructure | New Ideas for Asian Cities

In this issue we look into infrastructure as an element that regulates the flow of people, materials and energy. It has metabolism; there is consumption, flow and emission. It is interconnected and interdependent. An intake of nutrients and the ejection of waste keep it alive. We would be talking, in effect, about living infrastructure. Flip this around and it could become a design approach, beginning with a mapping of connectivity and flows, and ending with an evaluation of the health of the organism as a whole.

Let’s break living infrastructure into three categories: blue, green, and grey. The grey constitutes buildings, roads, and transit systems that make up the built elements of the cityscape. Li Sau Kei’s commentary makes the case that transit architecture should be more than an exercise in engineered efficiency. They should be a part of the continuum of public space. Vedasri Siddamsetty, in her piece on modern airports, speaks of the need to design with efficiency and sustainability, while blending local and global artistic elements.

The green is mostly parks but it could be nature reserves for urban agriculture. Punggol Promenade in Singapore and the Three-border-province Park in Thailand appear to be wonderful spaces with strong community-recreation agendas. In her commentary, Miriel Ko asks if forests should be seen as part of infrastructure. Forests sequester CO2 and sustain entire communities.

Under blue, we feature a couple of river revitalisations. These revive lost ecologies and regenerate life in places where pollution has reduced waterways to health hazards. The project in Kuala Lumpur, yet to be completed, looks promising. The Estero de Paco in Manila is underway and the results are inspiring.



March 2014 News Roundup
The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, has found a method of making insulation from wood, which scientists say has the same properties as petrochemical plastics and could replace them. read more
Taiwan High Speed Rail Hsin Chu Station Mall
Benoy has unveiled the design for Taiwan High Speed Rail’s (THSR) Hsin Chu Station Mall. Presented at the February 2014 contract signing for the scheme, the firm has revealed a Green architectural design that melds into the landscape of the site. read more
Southeast Asia's longest bridge opens to much fanfare
The opening of Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah—more commonly known as the Second Penang Bridge—took place on 1 March 2014 to great ceremony. The event celebrated the inauguration of the longest bridge in Southeast Asia, and one of the largest civil engineering project the region has seen in the last two decades. read more
Nikken Sekkei Opens Office and Exhibition in Singapore
Nikken Sekkei Ltd opened an exhibition showcasing its landmark projects at URA Singapore City Gallery, The URA Centre. The exhibition—which ran from 19 to 27 February 2014—followed the opening of Nikken Sekkei’s Singapore office at One Raffles Quay in January. read more
Te Mirumiru
Te Mirumiru, an early childhood education centre for tamariki (children) of a Maori tribe—the Ngāti Hine—is inspired by the Maori belief that all life is born from the womb of the ‘earth mother’. read more

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Doulton’s Biotect anti-bacterial technology for water filters aims to
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Energy-efficient Ceiling Fans
Haiku is an energy-efficient fan that comprises airfoils that connect directly to the centre of the fan, featuring an aerodynamic profile for smooth, silent airflow. read more
Coconut Wall Tiles
The Solatube Smart LED System blends LED lighting with sunlight to illuminate rooms day and night. It works by harnessing the sun’s natural energy during the day and transitioning to cost- and energy-efficient LED lighting at night. read more
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BEC EnviroSeries Conference Focuses on Energy

A conference titled “The Future of Hong Kong Energy: Reliable, Affordable and Low Carbon” was held on 22 November 2013 at the JW Marriott Hong Kong. read more

CIC Hosts Conference on Construction Innovation
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) Conference 2013 was successfully held on 29 November 2013 at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong. read more
4th International Green Technology & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference
The 4th International Green Technology & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM2013) was successfully held from 10 to 13 October 2013 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. read more
Forest Certification Week: Linking Sustainable Forest Product Supply Chains through Asia

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) held its 18th General Assembly and Stakeholder Dialogue for the first time in Malaysia.  read more

Grohe Introduces Grandera and F-Deluxe

Grohe has launched two premium product ranges, Grandera and F-Deluxe (Tailored Made Showering), at Grohe Live! Centre (GLC) in Menara Tan & Tan, Kuala Lumpur on 6 December 2013.  read more

Malaysia Young Architect Award 2013 Confers Merit Award

The NS BlueScope Lysaght Malaysia Young Architect Award (MYAA) 2013 has conferred an Honourable Mention merit award to Yew Wooi Seng, 30, for his sustainable ‘Eco-Retreat House’ design. read more

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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.

Awards to Spotlight on Green Building Leadership in Asia Pacific
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building. The biennial awards programme will honour outstanding organisations for their commitment to sustainability, and will celebrate innovative Green building projects that are reducing carbon emissions and other environmental impacts, cutting costs and driving higher levels of health and productivity for building occupants.

Holcim Australia is holding a series of keynote lecture and panel discussion, Between Green and Sustainable Emerging Ideas for Asia and Australia in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth from 24 to 28 February 2014. The talks are presented by FuturArc editor-in-chief Dr Nirmal Kishnani, who is also the assistant dean and programme director at the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore.
AU - Holcim Australia along with the University of Melbourne will host internationally known advocate for sustainable architecture, Dr Nirmal Kishnani, for a keynote presentation at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne on 24th February 2014 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm EDST.
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High-definition Tiles

The Habitat tiles series features “Live in Details” design, which uses advanced digital printing technology to produce high-definition details in 400x400 dpi images and complete with micro-relief effects. 

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Anti-dust Roller Blinds

Onna Prima’s roller blinds are simple, practical and easy to use. They have a modern look and do not give room for dust to rest on. 

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Neorest AH Water Closet

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The Syndy

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Green Building Council Australia

April 11, 2014
Industry asked to scrutinise plan for next generation Green Star rating tool
The GBCA has released a scoping paper for the new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool and is calling for industry feedback.
April 10, 2014
Green Star rising in Wollongong
Wollongong City Council’s Administration Building is set to achieve one of Australia’s first Green Star ratings for an existing building.
April 7, 2014
Shopping centre chases Green Star - Performance rating
Chatswood Chase Sydney is the first shopping centre in Australia to sign up for a Green Star – Performance rating.

DesignBuild Source - Sourceable

April 17, 2014
Brickworks Puts Off Vote Again

Construction materials manufacturer Brickworks has put off a vote on a proposal for the company to dismantle cross-shareholding arrangements with ASX listed investment company Washington H. Soul Pattinson.

The post Brickworks Puts Off Vote Again appeared first on Sourceable.

April 17, 2014
Property Sector Set for Jobs Boom

Australia is set for a jobs boom in property and construction over the next twelve months as the home building recovery continues to gather momentum and commercial building picks up, a leading survey of property industry executives suggests.

The post Property Sector Set for Jobs Boom appeared first on Sourceable.

April 16, 2014
GBCA Calls for Industry Feedback on Next Generation Rating Tool

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is calling on the industry for feedback on its new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool.

The post GBCA Calls for Industry Feedback on Next Generation Rating Tool appeared first on Sourceable.

DesignBuild Source - Architecture

April 16, 2014
GBCA Calls for Industry Feedback on Next Generation Rating Tool

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is calling on the industry for feedback on its new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool.

The post GBCA Calls for Industry Feedback on Next Generation Rating Tool appeared first on Sourceable.

April 16, 2014
Does LEED-ND Work for Established Neighborhoods?

The LEED for Neighborhood Development standard was unveiled as a pilot program in 2007 by a collaborative group of nonprofits: the National Resources Defense Council, Congress for The New Urbanism, and the United States Green Building Council.

The post Does LEED-ND Work for Established Neighborhoods? appeared first on Sourceable.

April 16, 2014
How Public Spaces Make Cities Work

New York’s High Line, a public park elevated over the streets of Manhattan’s west side, has helped to spark an urban revolution.

The post How Public Spaces Make Cities Work appeared first on Sourceable.

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