The FuturArc Interview
Chrisna du Plessis
Associate Professor, Sustainable Construction Department of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria 
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Going Low and Local
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The Tent read more.
The New Resort; Urban versus Rural read more.
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The FuturArc Interview

Chrisna du Plessis
Associate Professor, Sustainable Construction Department of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria

Projects
Going Low & Local
Innhouse
Hotel by the Waterfalls at Ramboda
Bangkok Tree House
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
The New Resort; Urban versus Rural
The Tent
Son La Restaurant
Golden Holiday Hotel
Wellness by Design
Saffire Resort

Commentary
Greening Beyond Design
The Fine Line Between Pleasure and Blight
Greening Tourism in Malaysia
Ecotourism in Australia

Happenings
Milestones & Events

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Hospitality Issue | Hotel and Resorts: Connecting with Nature

In the 80s and 90s many talked about how to be tropical but the hospitality industry actually did it. There were a couple of reasons for this. Resorts had space—large plots, natural settings, and the freedom to go big on landscaping. Urban architecture, conversely, was locked into tight sites with high densities and little wiggle room. Tropical resorts also had willing buyers. The architectural styling, the integration with landscaping, openness to climate—these were part of a brand, the package on offer. Tropical styling could, potentially, pay its way.

Fast forward 30 years. We now talk Green; we ask questions on how we get to a sustainable future. The building must manage its relationship with the world, the waste it emits, the resources it consumes. The building must also embed itself in the local—climate, community, ecology.

Resorts are once again on the frontlines of this discussion. The reasons haven’t changed. Travellers are still looking for an experience, a proximity to the ‘real’ thing. Finding something authentic—which is getting harder by the day—is on everyone’s bucket list. A traveller might be persuaded to pick a resort that is aligned to his/her values. Many are looking to reduce their impact on the environment. As a result, hotels wear their Green credentials on their sleeves. Greenness is made manifest through design, the way that they touch the site, the construction materials they choose. In this issue you will find excellent examples of this: the Saffire Resort in Australia; The Tent in Vietnam; and Hotel by the Waterfalls at Ramboda in Sri Lanka.

Urban hotels, meanwhile, are overcoming the chokehold of the city. Bangkok Tree House in Thailand and Golden Holiday Hotel in Vietnam attempt, in their own ways, to showcase an environmental agenda in tight sites. The most vivid example of Green-on-display is the PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore. This is an ode to nature in which form becomes metaphor (are those rice terraces or subterranean caves?). Each room, each corridor that gets you to a room, is designed so you, the guest, can see and touch a garden. This notion—that our wellness is contingent on proximity to nature—is increasingly important to the idea of a sustainable building. You will find more examples of this in the pages ahead.

Our FuturArc Interviewee, Dr Chrisna du Plessis, no doubt would approve of this love affair with nature. Her new book, Designing for Hope, discusses regenerative design, an important new paradigm that leapfrogs the sustainability discussion on to the next level. Regenerative design is also the theme for this year’s FuturArc Prize. In the next issue we will feature winners of the competition and say more on Dr du Plessis’ book.

Until then, happy reading.

 

 

 


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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

 

January 2015 News Roundup

Singapore real estate developer Keppel Land ranked fourth on the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index (Global 100), which was released by Canadian investment advisory firm Corporate Knights at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meetingread more

 

December 2014 News Roundup

Imperial Home Corp. (IHC), a local real estate company, has collaborated with Enfinity Group, a Belgian solar power company, for the development of solar-powered subdivision with 1,000 homes in Santo Tomas, which will be the first solar-powered housing project in the countryread more

 

November 2014 News Roundup

India has constructed its first net-zero energy building with adoption of solar passive design and energy-efficient building materials. The building boasts an earthquake-resistant structure with a total plinth area of 31,488 square metresread more

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