Main Feature
Earth, Not Energy read more.
The FuturArc Interview
David Orr
Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College read more.
Urban Mountain read more.
Cyberjaya Mosque read more.



CURRENT ISSUE - Sep-Oct 2015

Table of Contents

Main feature
Earth, Not Energy

The FuturArc Interview
David Orr - Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College

Solar in Australia
Cyberjaya Mosque
Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom
Queen Alia International Airport
New Media Tower
Zero-Energy Demonstration Building, Taisei Technology Center
The Star Vista
Urban Mountain
Termitary House

Indonesia’s Coal Addiction
Rethinking Comfort: A Pathway to Low-Energy Buildings
Be Cool: Dealing with Heat and Humidity in the Tropics
Changing Asia’s Solar Game

BCI Asia Awards 2015
Milestones & Events

Product Advertorials



Energy Issue

Someone commented wryly that the most energy-efficient building is the one without occupants. In our editorial take on energy, we don’t recommend anything so drastic. We offer instead examples of how low energy design is achieved by answering four questions.

First, how much energy do you choose to not consume? Here, the spotlight falls on passive design, indoor comfort without reliance on mechanical-electrical (M&E) systems. A mosque in Malaysia (Cyberjaya Mosque); an airport in Jordan (Queen Alia International Airport); and a home in Vietnam (Termitary House)—each is exemplary in the way it uses shade and light, ventilation and thermal mass. But this is not an either-or choice. Passive design is a calibration on how much of the day or year a building can function before M&E systems need to be switched on. Systems are installed but they are used less frequently or to cool less space.

Second, how efficiently do you consume what you consume? Our experts offer two views. The first examines the metrics of cooling (Be Cool: Dealing with Heat and Humidity in the Tropics). What does an air-conditioner do? How far can one push available technology for cooling? The answer, it seems, is ‘very far’: savings for a large building can amount to millions of dollars a year. The second examines new ways of thinking about comfort that leads to new modes of cooling (Rethinking Comfort: A Pathway to Low-Energy Buildings). Hybrid systems are here, and they offer new possibilities. To the numerically challenged, we ask that you don’t give up on these two commentaries. This is important stuff.

Third, how much demand is met with on-site production? Our writers look at renewables in Asia (Changing Asia’s Solar Game) and Australia (Solar in Australia). The case for solar PV is gaining ground in these places, both as a means of achieving national targets for carbon abatement and reducing the impact of dirty energy on human health.

Fourth—and this is often overlooked in these discussions—how are questions on demand, efficiency, and production brought together? The ‘how’ of integration is illustrated with three projects in Hawaii, (Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom), Japan (Zero-Energy Demonstration Building, Taisei Technology Center) and Norway (Urban Mountain). The latter in particular illustrates how form can become a means to achieving performance.

Lastly, to keep us from losing perspective, our correspondent Jalel Sager turns the tables by saying that nothing happens until we understand why (Earth, not Energy). Why, if all that know-how is out there, are we not doing something yet? The answer, he argues, is that our actions are driven by something deeper than techno-fixes. Our world view matters; the way we think about the planet matters. And until there are new mindsets, we will pat ourselves on the back for doing too little too late. There is no need to evacuate a building of its occupants, we just need to evacuate our minds of old habits.

As always, we welcome your views. Drop us an email, a comment on Facebook or Twitter.





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


June 2015 News Roundup

Although a house is a much bigger commitment compared to goods and services, there is an increased demand for eco-friendly homes in most emerging nations, such as Sri Lanka. read more


May 2015 News Roundup

Coordinated efforts by six cities in China are expected to reduce air pollution by decreasing the concentration of airborne particles that can penetrate the lungs and harm health. The cities currently have their own emergency systems and impose different restrictions on the use of vehicles on smoggy days. read more


April 2015 News Roundup

This year, Earth Day, the world’s largest civic event marked on 22 April every year, is commemorating its 45th anniversary with the theme “It’s our turn to lead”. read more

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With over 400 entries across the programme’s 13 categories, the 12th year of the Australian Interior Design Awards celebrates the achievements of the country’s design community in a diverse range of projects.  read more


EnviroSeries Conference: Business Considerations in Conserving Natural Capital

The Business Environment Council Limited (BEC) organised the EnviroSeries Conference on 21 May at JW Marriott Hong Kong entitled Embracing Natural Capital in a Densely Built Metropolis: Challenges and Solutions for Achieving Environmental Sustainability. read more


Sunray Opens S$30-Million Integrated Office-Cum-Production Building

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Toto Launches Architect Seminar Programme in Singapore

Toto Asia Oceania brought its first architect seminar programme to Singapore on 12 May at The Star Performing Arts Centre. It featured Sou Fujimoto, a renowned Japanese architect. Themed Futures of the Future, the event celebrated the 30th anniversary of Toto Gallery MA, the company’s non-profit gallery in Tokyo that promotes architecture and design. read more


BCA Awards Ceremony 2015

On 14 May, 2,500 attendees attended the annual BCA Awards Ceremony. Two hundred and twenty one Green Mark Awards, including 70 Platinum Awards and 58 GoldPlus Awards, were given out, bringing it close to the goal of Greening 80 percent of Singapore’s buildings by 2030. read more


Green Living 2015 – The Eco-Lifestyle Event

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BCI Asia Top Ten 2015

Since 2005, the BCI Asia Top 10 Awards has successfully placed itself among the most coveted awards for the Asian building and design industry. Held in seven different Asian territories; Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the Top 10 Awards recognises developer and architecture firms with the highest value portfolios of projects during the last full calendar years. read more


Green Cities 2015: Only Connect

Held on 17–19 March, the theme for this year’s Green Cities was Connect, which proved a chance for the 700 attendees to connect both physically through networking opportunities, and intellectually to new ideas that will help them move beyond business as usual. read more


2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

Leaders of Australian architecture have been honoured at the 2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards held in Melbourne on 19 March. The Australian Institute of Architects awarded prizes to respected practitioners, emerging architects, academics and students for their exemplary contribution to the profession across a range of disciplines. read more


14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition

Organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC), and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hong Kong exhibition entitled Fundamentally Hong Kong? Delta Four 1984–2044 at the 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition opened a dialogue on the tension between Hong Kong architecture and urbanisation of the Pearl River Delta. read more


HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards 2015

Organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), and sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, the HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards (CADSA) 2015 was successfully concluded by drawing international attention and dialogues on cross-strait architecture, as well as awarding the recipients on 28 March 2015 at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. read more


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Benoy Chairman Joins British Prime Minister on Delegation to Southeast Asia

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The world’s greatest architecture festival returns as entries for the awards opens

The annual World Architecture Festival Awards was launched formally in London this week. The awards will be celebrated at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore this November, following three days of intensive live presentations and judging.

Cityscape Malaysia 2015 to host Malaysia Real Estate Summit and Islamic Property Finance Forum

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Finalists announced for WorldGBC’s Green Building Leadership Awards

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Singapore’s Vertical Garden Enters the Guinness World Records as the Largest

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Update from Thai Green Building Institute

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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

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