FuturArc Interview
Madhura Prematilleke 
Architect and Urban Designer, Sri Lanka read more.
FuturArc Showcase
Post-war Collective: Community Library read more.
Year-end Reports: Hong Kong and Malaysia 
Cam Thanh Community House read more.



CURRENT ISSUE - Nov-Dec 2015

Table of Contents

FuturArc Showcase
Post-war Collective: Community Library

The FuturArc Interview
Madhura Prematilleke
Architect and Urban Designer, Sri Lanka

Year-end Reports
Country Report: Hong Kong
Country Report: Malaysia

Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
Secondary School in Roong Village, Cambodia
Community Green Station, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Ribbon Chapel
Pani Community Centre*
Lantern Hotel
100 Walls Church
Cam Thanh Community House
Institute of Mental Health New Administration Building
Erber Research Center and Lecture Hall

A Tale of Two Housing Prototypes
Rethinking Tatlin’s Tower

Special Focus
Milestones & Events



Year-end Issue | Building Community

I asked Dr Milinda Pathiraja what was the design vision behind his project, the Global Silver Award winner in the latest Global Holcim Awards cycle (Post-war Collective: Community Library). He replied with modesty—not uncommon in those who seek sustainable solutions—that the building was an act of intense collaboration with the client; it emerged from concerns about site and material; it was all about the induction of soldiers into the craft of building. In other words, he, the architect, had receded. He was facilitator, trainer and midwife.

I asked again, where were you in all this?

I had reason to persist. I could see there was a strong design vision in his community library. The way this building comes together; its transparency and lightness; the way materials were assembled—these were not accidents. They were not the work of a committee. They spoke of a personal vision.

The reticence of architects in asserting their vision of sustainability is disconcerting. Few dare to say that a sustainable building must be beautiful; that it must convey a narrative of place; that we do not want to live in faceless boxes with Green certificates!

The community library is all about the human condition, on how to make it better. What makes it come together though is Milinda. It could have been a thousand times less attractive but his vision met his ethics in this moment, this space.

Milinda did eventually answer my question (interview); what got built was the result of negotiations between the client and the artist in him. He let the artist speak.

I hold onto the belief that sustainable design—the sort that will take us into the future—will be created by artists, like Milinda, who imagine a more equitable, more beautiful world. And, yes, of course, this must be anchored in questions about consumption and waste, collaboration and process, carbon and climate change.

Otherwise what is achieved is mere aesthetics, not beauty.

In this issue we have put together a few projects that seek beauty, often in the simplest way. Look deeper, you will see attempts to deliver passive performance, use low-impact materials or integrate greenery. Beauty, however, is more than the sum of these parts. It draws you; it makes you want to visit the project. And that is no small feat. We need more of this in Asia.



*The Cam Thanh Community House won in the World Architecture Festival 2015 for the category Completed Building: Civic and Community. On 24 October 2015, the Pani Community Centre has been awarded winner of the Dutch Design Awards 2015 in the Habitat category.



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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

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July 2015 News Roundup

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Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia 2015

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Green Living 2015

The inaugural Green Living 2015 exhibition opened its doors to the public on 4 September at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. The exhibition was conceptualised to be Singapore’s dedicated sustainability and design show for eco-conscious consumers.  read more



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Building up urban Green growth: from experiences to practices

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World Engineers on Climate Change 2015

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The 2015 WA Architecture Awards

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2015 Australian Interior Design Awards

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EnviroSeries Conference: Business Considerations in Conserving Natural Capital

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Benoy Chairman Joins British Prime Minister on Delegation to Southeast Asia

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

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