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CURRENT ISSUE - Jul-Aug 2014

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Retrofitting/Conservation Issue | Design for Longevity: Buildings that Last

Some buildings last longer than others. Longevity, from a sustainability perspective, is a good thing. It is said that the most sustainable thing to do is ‘not build’. We need to use what is already built; we need to value what is out there.

So what do we value?

The majority of projects in this issue seem to value history—things that are imbued with collective memory. The world changes too quickly; these projects remind us of where we have been. We see several recurring conservation types: the shophouse, the factory, the warehouse. In many, there is a trend towards gentrification: old buildings turned into cafés, boutique hotels or art galleries. Chang Jiat Hwee, in his commentary on the shophouse, offers us a perspective on historical trends and drivers.

But what else should we value? What is important that is not yet in vogue?

The everyday. We should value all buildings, especially the ones that meet everyday needs. Every building, already built, represents embedded resources, usefulness and performance. In our editorial quest, we found too few examples of this. There is a workplace interior in Jakarta and a student dormitory in Bangkok. These are more than facelifts; they improve quality of life.

Forrest Meggers in the Main Feature talks of things that matter to designing for longevity. We could not, however, find these ideas in use in the real world. The exception to the rule, though not in Asia, is the London Olympics Park. True, it was a big project with large capital and political cost but there are lessons here on how we should be thinking, regardless of scale.

The other noteworthy trend we cover is the Living Building Challenge (LBC), a building certification framework that is unlike anything we have known. There are no tiers here; no platinum, gold or silver. A project is certified or it is not. There are no performance targets against self-generated benchmarks—it is net zero or not eligible. The LBC asks that we think about education, equity and beauty—ideas that almost no other assessment tool has touched. The 200-plus LBC projects are mostly in the USA. Lately we have seen completed projects in Australia and New Zealand. There is now an office interior registered for certification in China. And there are the LBC ambassadors in Singapore, Malaysia and India. Clearly, there is momentum. The FuturArc Interview is with the CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Jason F. McLennan. We start the discussion on the question of beauty—the theme of the Living Future Conference and the LBC Petal—and end on what it would take for the LBC to make inroads into Asia.



Ovolo Southside

Ovolo Southside is the first hotel in Hong Kong to be converted from an old warehouse. Originally designed in 1976, the former multifunctional factory now features 162 open-plan guest rooms, a 24-hour gym, a collection of creatively designed social spaces, and a showcase of contemporary art against a backdrop of utilitarian interior design. read more


June 2014 News Roundup

Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp. has signed an agreement to build three environmentally-friendly solar power plants in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture, along the country’s western coast. Once completed, the facilities will produce up to a total of 2,700 kWh of energy. read more


May 2014 News Roundup

Sarawak plans to gazette more nature parks near or within town centres to add to the eight parks it already has in the state. One urban park soon to be developed is the RM40-million Miri Central Park that will help transform Miri into a liveable resort city. read more


FuturArc bags five MPAS awards

We are proud to announce that FuturArc took home five awards—the largest number of awards won by any trade magazine—at the prestigious Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) Awards 2014 held on 8 May 2014 at Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore. read more


April 2014 News Roundup

A Chinese construction firm based in Shanghai has succeeded in building 10 houses (each measuring 200 square metres) in 24 hours by using an enormous 3D printer. read more


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Bathroom Fittings and Systems
A collaboration with Indonesian designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo, the TOTO Toja series is a comprehensive and versatile range of bathroom fittings and systems catering to the needs of modern spaces. read more
Mechanical Switches
NEO’s mechanical switches allow the flexibility to mix and match configurations for use in small- and large-scale projects. Equipped withhorizontal dollies, the NEO C-Metro range is equipped with LED locators that give off a white or blue glow to let users know where each switch is located at night. read more
Eco-friendly, Long-lasting Paint
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Inspired by Nature
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Solutions to Renovation Projects
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World Cities Summit welcomes over 20,000 delegates
The 6th World Cities Summit (WCS) was opened by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, with more than 3,000 guests in attendance which included leaders from governments, businesses, academia and international organisations. Two more events—Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS)—ran alongside the summit. read more
26th IFI General Assembly and REKA Congress
Over 500 designers and stakeholders filled the plenary theatre at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for the opening day of the five-day International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) General Assembly and REKA Congress 2014. The opening ceremony was officiated by Datuk Ser Hj. Ahmad Phesal Hj. Talib, mayor of Kuala Lumpur, and the keynote speech was delivered by former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. read more
Successful conclusion of 2014MIECF as a Green platform
The 2014 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum and Exhibition (MIECF) was attended by 9,245 visitors. The event venue covered an area of over 16,000 square metres, encompassing six major areas, namely energy efficiency, renewable energies, Green building, Green mobility, solutions for waste treatment and water treatment, and environmental services. read more
Asia Pacific Network meeting and Green Building Conference 2014

The Asia Pacific Network (APN) meeting was hosted by the Green Building Council Indonesia (GBC Indonesia) from 7 to 9 May 2014 in Jakarta. The event is a World Green Building Council (WGBC) mid-year convention attended by Green Building Council delegates from the Asia-Pacific region. read more

Handbook launched at BEC EnviroSeries Conference

Business Environment Council Ltd (BEC) has launched its Understanding Materiality for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting Handbook at the BEC EnviroSeries Conference held at The Exchange Auditorium on 23 May 2014. read more

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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.

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.
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Green Building Council Australia

July 28, 2014
No sustainability metrics the catch for Fishermans Bend?
How will the 80,000 residents of Fishermans Bend know that their community is efficient, healthy, productive or sustainable?
July 9, 2014
Can you really predict the future?
“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future,” said Nobel laureate Nils Bohr. But at the GBCA, we’re giving it our best shot.
June 16, 2014
Sustainable places for everyone - not just the lucky few
Everyone should have the opportunity to live, work and play in green buildings. But how do we get there?

DesignBuild Source - Sourceable

July 28, 2014
Indoor Solar Powered Table Charges Electronics

Dutch designer Mathijs Labadie has created an indoor table that can power electronics via solar energy.

The post Indoor Solar Powered Table Charges Electronics appeared first on Sourceable Industry News.

July 28, 2014
PIA Awards Recognize Wide Variety of Projects

The Planning Institute of Australia conferred awards recently at its annual awards ceremony held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The PIA recognizes the importance of good urban design for the social, economic, and environmental development of urban places.

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July 28, 2014
Overseas Property Scam Hits Canberra

Offshore fraudsters could be targeting absentee property owners in the nation's capital.

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DesignBuild Source - Architecture

July 28, 2014
PIA Awards Recognize Wide Variety of Projects

The Planning Institute of Australia conferred awards recently at its annual awards ceremony held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The PIA recognizes the importance of good urban design for the social, economic, and environmental development of urban places.

The post PIA Awards Recognize Wide Variety of Projects appeared first on Sourceable Industry News.

July 27, 2014
Skyscrapers: 2014 Mid-Year Trend Forecast

Skyscraper construction is at all-time high, with 78 tall buildings completed across the globe already in 2014.

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July 27, 2014
Australian Architects Lose 30% of Billable Hours

Architecture and engineering firms throughout Australia and New Zealand are missing out on invoicing up to 30 percent of their billable hours, according to a new survey which also reveals that firms throughout the two countries are generally confident about growth prospects and are mainly pursuing growth through organic means rather than acquisition.

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