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The New Workplace read more. 
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The Office Typology, India read more.
The Biophilic Workplace, Vietnam read more.

 


CURRENT ISSUE - Mar-Apr 2018

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Main Feature
The New Workplace

The FuturArc Interview
Tanmay Tathagat
Founder, Environmental Design Solutions

Projects
The Ey Centre
An Urban Infill
The Office Typology, India
Bamboo Research and Training Centre
Between Inside and Outside: Small Offices, Vietnam
Viet My Office
The Biophilic Workplace, Vietnam


People
In Conversation with Avneesh Tiwari and Neha Rane of atArchitecture

Happenings
Milestones & Events

Product Advertorials

 
THE NEW WORKPLACE ISSUE 2018

The one thing that stands out in this issue is the absence of tall buildings. Yes, there is the one high-rise office tower (The EY Centre) but this exception affirms a rule. We are having a love affair with the
low-to-mid-rise office ‘ground-hugger’ (The New Workplace).

Health and well-being, we have known for some time. In the projects here, we see a reshaping of form to make room for trees, courtyards, water elements, landscaped walls and decks. The most elaborate of these is where the envelope becomes a living skin with plants, social spaces and circulatory pathways. The image on the cover is an office building in Nice, France, in a Mediterranean climate. Closer to home, where the weather is not always mild, the same strategy attempts to temper heat and noise.

The adaptive and collaborative workplace, likewise, has its roots in the 1990s, emerging from organisational theory. Spatial configurations, we were told, had to match work culture and processes. Hot-desking and home office are buzzwords. Organisations demand creative problem-solving, and this means circulation spaces designed for encounter, pods and niches for collaborative work, and fun spaces for downtime.

Sustainability is the third imperative. Let’s narrow this, for the sake of brevity, to energy where we typically
start with the efficiency of mechanical-electrical systems, better envelope glazing, as well as a building that is compact and airtight to lower heat gains and infiltration losses. A lower office building, compared with a tower, has more area for greenery and social space; its ground can engage the city; its deep floor plates, punctuated by voids, offer variety and nuances in indoor-outdoor edge conditions that a tower simply cannot.

We would like to think these form ideas are here to stay. Check in again when we revisit the workplace in a future issue.

Happy reading.

 


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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 10th Green Architecture Seminar was held on 2 July 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City. One of the highlights was the book launch and signing of the Vietnamese edition of Greening Asia by Dr Nirmal Kishnani. Moreover, there was also an overview of the Green trend development in the country and with the outlook extending to Asia.

 
 

WCS, SIWW and CESS integrate dialogues, innovations and talent

Held from 10 to 14 July, the fifth edition of the World Cities Summit (WCS), together with Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS), was attended by more than 21,000 visitors and participants including ministers, mayors, government officials, industry leaders and experts, academics, as well as representatives from international organisations.

 
 

Winners Announced for Design Capital 21 Competition

On 22 June 2016, winners of the Design Capital 21 competition were announced at a press conference held at the office of Capital City Property Sdn Bhd, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

 
 

FairBuilding Network: Overcoming Poverty One Project at a Time

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Best building projects recognised at Quality Building Award 2016

After 18 months of planning, assessing and judging, the Quality Building Award (QBA) grand award winners, merit winners and finalists, as well as the winner of the Quality Excellence Award were revealed at a ceremony on 24 June 2016 at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.

 
   

7th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference

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2016 Macao International Environmental Cooperation Forum and Exhibition

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BuildTech Yangon 2016

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AkzoNobel invests €347 million in its top brands

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BCI Asia Top Ten 2016

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Green Building Index Sustainability hits milestone

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Häfele opens design centre in Kuala Lumpur

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Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016

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Urbanisation and sustainability—how to bring them together

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Tackling climate change — smart grid, energy codes and biodiesel

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