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Table of Contents

Main feature
Liveable Cities; The Art of Integrating Today What We Need Tomorrow

The FuturArc Interview
Ridwan Kamil - Mayor, City of Bandung

How Smart is Your City?
Urban Agriculture: From Cityscape to Living Landscape
In Conversation with AK Jain on City Mobility

Participatory Planning and Indonesian Politics 
City of Suzhou
Active and Vital Streets in Kashiwanoha Smart City
Bootstrapping India's Smart Growth
Value Farm
Singapore's Round Island Route & Marina South
Mobility in Taipei City
BCI Asia Awards 2014
Milestones & Events
Books/Product Advertorials

Urban Issue | Liveable Cities

“Liveable cities” is an oft-heard phrase. Every year, pundits announce winners in surveys that assess cities for safety, education, health care, culture, environment, etc. The top 10 are almost always in Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The metrics of liveability, it seems, are meant to guide global businesses on where to locate their next outpost. Or—if they must choose a less liveable city—how much hardship allowance to give an employee posted there. Monocle’s Most Liveable City Index is the only one that includes in its criteria, quality of architecture and urban design, as well as access to nature.

What, if anything, do these surveys tell us on how to make a city more liveable?

We ask Herbert Dreiseitl if he would decode liveable. He says that we need new social spaces where we can feel like citizens, spaces that also offer us ways to understand the city’s processes, for instance, the conveyance of storm water. He calls this Blue-Green Infrastructure.

We look at the city of Suzhou as an example of a liveable city. Winner of the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, Suzhou was recognised for its careful planning and good urban management.

In this issue, we consider several other ingredients for liveability.

The first is mobility. This is the integration of public transport, private vehicles and all options in-between, like cycling and walking. Taipei is an example of how mobility is holistically planned. In other Asian cities, integration is not as easy. AK Jain, the former planning commissioner for Delhi Development Authority (DDA), speaks of the daunting challenge of reshaping cities in India.

The second is city smarts. There is growing consensus that smart cities offer a better quality of life; they are also more efficient and less wasteful. Louis White reports on this global trend. The projects supporting his commentary are in Singapore, Japan and India.

The third is food. Or rather, urban agriculture. Miriel Ko looks for places in Asia where this is taking off. She tells us that this is more than a matter of food security or ecological footprint. Farming reinstates a sense of community in places where the stresses of city living have taken a toll. Food, it seems, binds us in a way that few other things do. This community dividend is illustrated with projects in Singapore, Tokyo and Shenzhen.

The final ingredient, also perhaps the least tangible, is governance. Dr Thor Kerr’s article on the recent elections in Indonesia speaks of the winds of change. Old political structures are giving way to new ideas about citizenry. This in turn will affect the way cities are designed and used.

The intersection between politics and urbanism is highlighted in our interview with the mayor of the city of Bandung, Indonesia. Ridwan Kamil is a well-known architect and planner who uses social media to forge a new relationship between citizens and city government. He suggests that cities must be likeable before they can be liveable. And likeability starts with a celebration of things already present: history, culture, and a sense of togetherness.



September 2014 News Roundup

Commute times in some of Asia’s most congested cities are seen to drop, after a breakthrough in traffic prediction modelling, trialled in Bangkok and recognised at this year’s APEC Science Award for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) in Beijing on 17 September. read more


August 2014 News Roundup

Through an APEC project, intellectual property (IP) experts from Korea are helping villages in rural areas to improve their lives. In Papua New Guinea, the team had to find a way to pump water from existing water sources during the dry season. read more


July 2014 News Roundup

National Chiao Tung University’s Orchid House project won first prize at the prestigious Solar Decathlon Europe in France on July 5. The first time an Asian team has come up on top in any category, the project achieved a perfect score and beat out 19 contestants from around the world to clinch the top spot in the urban design, transportation and affordability category. read more


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

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Fire & Security Hardware Pty Limited (FSH), now part of the Allegion family, has launched a new product range called EcoLine, comprising energy-saving electromechanical locking devices equipped with high-security systems. read more
Pump Audits
Building owners in Asia are increasingly adopting Green rating schemes to certify their buildings’ environmental performance and enhance their assets’ Green credentials, which can later translate to higher asset value. read more
LED Modules
Vossloh-Schwabe’s 220 to 240 V LED modules allow users to switch easily to LED without requiring extra work on existing luminaries. Available with or without a heat sink, the LED modules in the ReadyLine series encompass a DoB (Driver on Board) system that allows for easy integration even in limited space. read more
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
Majestic True Beauty is the latest paint series from Jotun. Encompassing EcoHealth features, this environmentally-friendly collection ensures the products are safe for the environment and for users. It is also 100 percent free of harmful chemicals such as AEPO, formaldehyde and heavy metals. read more
Inspired by Nature
Human Nature is a new carpet tile collection from Interface which debuted globally in June this year. The carpet tiles, in a skinny plank format, are made from 100 percent recycled nylon yarn. read more
Solutions to Renovation Projects
Recommended for use in remodelling projects, Dow Corning’s 123 Silicone Seal is a preformed silicone extrusion that can be applied over failed sealants and vertical expansion joints, eliminating the need for caulking and sealant removal. read more
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Autodesk Hong Kong BIM Awards 2014
Held on 17 July 2014 at The Mira, Hong Kong, the eighth annual Autodesk Hong Kong BIM Awards gave recognition to individuals, students and organisations for their creative use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in bringing about cost savings, sustainability and efficiency for projects in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. read more
Offical opening of Hong Kong's exhibition at Venice Biennale
Hong Kong’s exhibition titled Fundamentally Hong Kong?–DELTA FOUR 1984–2044 was officially launched on 5 June 2014 in Venice, Italy as part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia (Venice Architecture Biennale). The event, one of the world’s largest displays of built forms, runs from 7 June to 23 November 2014. read more
Archidex 2014
The 15th instalment of ARCHIDEX, Southeast Asia’s leading business event for the architecture, interior design and building industry took place from 25 to 29 June 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. Taking up 1,250 exhibition booths in nine halls, the event hosted 33,200 trade and public visitors with 550 companies from 17 countries such as Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia—one of the biggest turnouts the show has seen. read more
BCI Asia Top Ten Architects 2014
The distinguished BCI Asia Awards ceremonies were held in May and June this year in six BCI Asia markets namely Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Singapore, and Vietnam. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of BCI Asia Awards, special plaques were given to architecture firms that have won for 10 years in a row. read more
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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Finalists announced for WorldGBC’s Green Building Leadership Awards

WorldGBC has revealed the finalists for the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building. The biennial awards honours outstanding organisations for their commitment to sustainability, and celebrates innovative Green building projects.

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.
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Green Building Council Australia

October 23, 2014
Reducing the RET a retrograde step, says GBCA
Reducing the RET will severely hamper Australia’s ability to operate - and stay competitive - within an increasingly low-carbon global economy.
October 21, 2014
Five train stations gain Green Star certification
Five stations built or upgraded as part of the $3.9 billion Regional Rail Link in Victoria have been awarded Green Star ratings.
October 17, 2014
Green Star - Design & As Built: Creating sustainable places for everyone
The new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool will challenge industry to evolve, innovate and improve.

DesignBuild Source - Sourceable

October 23, 2014
NSW Facing Gas Shortage, Warns AGL

Energy giant AGL has warned NSW faces a gas shortage within three years without new coal seam gas projects as it fends of criticism of the controversial sector.

The post NSW Facing Gas Shortage, Warns AGL appeared first on Sourceable Industry News.

October 23, 2014
Strong Land Sales a Positive Sign for Construction

Strong demand for residential land points to a healthy year ahead for housing construction.

The post Strong Land Sales a Positive Sign for Construction appeared first on Sourceable Industry News.

October 23, 2014
Australia Building 30,000 Fewer Homes than Needed Each Year

Despite the current boom in housing construction, new projections suggest Australia’s long-run average annual rate of new home building could be almost 30,000 dwellings short of what is needed to meet future demand.

The post Australia Building 30,000 Fewer Homes than Needed Each Year appeared first on Sourceable Industry News.

DesignBuild Source - Architecture

October 20, 2014
International Perspective Crucial for Architecture Education

Students and educational institutions in Australia should seek more opportunities for overseas study trips and exchanges to bring more of an international perspective to design education, the newly elected head of architecture for one of Australia’s leading universities says.

The post International Perspective Crucial for Architecture Education appeared first on Sourceable Industry News.

October 20, 2014
Gehry Realises Louis Vuitton’s Curved Glass Dream

The curved glass roof of the new Fondation Louis Vuitton building has demonstrated intricate architecture at its finest.

The post Gehry Realises Louis Vuitton’s Curved Glass Dream appeared first on Sourceable Industry News.

October 16, 2014
Wooden Buildings Are Possible Through Education

Architect Michael Green is predicting a revolution in wooden buildings that could help reshape the future of cities in a green way.

The post Wooden Buildings Are Possible Through Education appeared first on Sourceable Industry News.

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