FuturArc Interview: CHITRA VISHWANATH; Principal Architect and Managing Director, Biome Environmental Solutions Private Limited read more. 
National Happiness Centre read more.
Microlibrary — Taman Bima read more.
Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery read more.
Studio Dwelling read more.

 


CURRENT ISSUE - Nov-Dec 2016

Table of Contents
 

The FuturArc Interview
Chitra Vishwanath
Principal Architect and Managing Director, Biome Environmental Solutions Private Limited


The FuturArc Showcase
National Happiness Centre

Projects
Novartis Campus
Parc Central
Jiading Central Park
Microlibrary – Taman Bima
Steel City: Container Skyscraper, Mumbai
Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery
House 412
Studio Dwelling, Rajagiriya
Locally Appropriate Clean Energy Strategies in the Lower Mekong Region

Commentary
Nature and Neighbourhood: A Singapore Snapshot

Happenings
Special Focus
Milestones & Events

Product Advertorials

 
Year-End Issue 2016

What is the architecture of happiness? This issue, we look at Vietnamese architect Hoang Thuc Hao’s project, the National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, and his treatise on the subject. He explains architectural form as a geometric juxtaposition of circle and square, representing man-made and natural, and suggests that the balance between the two is a pathway to elevating the human spirit. Like many architects who build intuitively, Hoang has come around to examining what his work says, literally and metaphorically.

In this state of reflection he has scripted a treatise on an “Architecture of Happiness” which explicates the core tenet of his work: human well-being. In recent decades, Vietnam has seen a degradation in the quality of life of many of its citizens. This is clearly a timely discussion. It reminds us of the importance of design as an instrument of ethics and a means to a better world.

The essay is co-authored with Dr Quang Minh Nguyen. Together, they take on a slippery subject. Happiness, to summarise, is the result of an egalitarian outlook. The generosity of the architect is echoed in his architecture, which is foremost about understanding human needs, often invoking heritage and nature, community and culture.

At FuturArc we are proud to have championed the work and ideas of this activist-architect. And we hope to continue to report on his journey. At age 45, he is far from done yet.

Other notables in this issue are the interview with Chitra Vishwanath, a pioneering advocate for sustainable design in India; two projects from China that examine the importance of socio-ecologic space in urban settings; and—at the other end of the scale—a microlibrary in Indonesia that elevates an existing public space with a small but exquisite structure.

Happy reading.

 


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November-December 2015 News Roundup

Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has made a pioneering power purchase agreement (PPA) in which it will install its TwinPeak solar panels across Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore’s (APBS) three rooftops. read more

 

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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