FuturArc Interview: Mohan RaoEnvironmentalist and Architect; Partner, Integrated Design (INDÉ) read more
Green Infrastructure through the Revival of Ancient Wisdom read more. 
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GreenWay Master Plan read more.
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Urban Greening and Architectural Form: A Bird’s Eye View read more.

 


CURRENT ISSUE - Jul-Aug 2018

 
ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPES ISSUE 2018

For our landscape issue, designers are looking into natural processes that have been lost or fragmented. There are three perspectives on this.

Dr Yu Kongjian has been the force behind China's sponge city movement. For inspiration, Dr Yu turns to the Chinese countryside and agricultural practices that have had, for hundreds of years, methods and strategies for integrating the human and the natural.

The work of Mohan Rao in India speaks to a more rustic approach in design, in which hydrological patterns seem to dictate what is done where, and the landscape appears to be topographically sculpted to do the job. This overlay of social and ecological creates stunning landscapes that are both understated and powerful.

Philippe Rahm’s approach to the Central Park in Taiwan might be called ‘eco-modernist’. Technology is programmed to the job of nature. This is the first wide-scale engineering of microclimate outdoors. The park is fitted with nozzles and canopies that cool, clean, dehumidify and accelerate the air. This is constructed nature; ecosystem services at the flick of a switch.

One might ask which works best; the answer will always be that it depends on context. Ecological design is first and foremost a response to the local. It’s about where you are and what that place needs.

We hope you are as inspired as we are.

Happy reading.

 


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The Australian Trellis Door Company (ATDC) has recently participated in a high-profile project at Singapore’s Changi Airport newest terminal, Terminal 4 (T4). read more

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KEUCO’s EDITION 11 is a bathroom concept that comes with intelligent features and well-designed accessories and fittings. The comprehensive assortment includes washbasins, bathroom furniture, mirror cabinets and light mirrors, all designed by Tesseraux+Partner and made in Germany.
 
 
 
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10th Green Architecture Seminar

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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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

AkzoNobel, a global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, continues to invest in delivering advanced solutions to cope with global issues such as population growth, urbanisation, climate change and natural resource constraints.  read more

 
 

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

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), a biennial event that gathers leaders and innovators from the global water industry on a single platform, awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 to world-renowned hydrogeologist, Professor John Anthony Cherry on 21 March 2016.  read more

 
 

NUS and CDL partner to develop Green living technologies

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Urbanisation and sustainability—how to bring them together

On 21 January 2016, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce brought together three perspectives on sustainable buildings, including from an architect, a developer and an end user, sharing the various stages of their life cycles and impact on the environment.  read more

 
 

Tackling climate change — smart grid, energy codes and biodiesel

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