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May-Jun 2017 | FuturArc Prize 2017

 
Running for the 10th year, FuturArc Prize has been established as a renowned platform where innovative ideas pour in from professionals and students from all over the world. 

With a shared passion to create a Greener environment, this is a story from FuturArc Prize 2017 winners where they share what winning the competition means to them, plus their aspirations and hopes for the future.

To read the full winning entries, please visit http://www.futurarc.com/index.cfm/competitions/.

 


Your thoughts and feelings about winning FuturArc Prize 2017? 


Professional category: 1st Place


Quang Vu Bui, Tien Tam Nguyen, Duc Thanh Do, Dang My

Five years ago, when I (Quang Vu Bui) left the School of Architecture in Hanoi, I did not know what type of architecture I would like to take for my career path. Hence, I went on a trip across Vietnam, from major metropolitan areas to rural and remote areas that have not been influenced by urbanisation yet. Living in the countryside left me impressed—people live and work in harmony with a real and pure nature to build their villages and preserve their communities for themselves and future generations. From this practical view, I realised that the concepts of Green architecture and sustainable development are around us all the time. Architecture can be represented by the locality’s experience.


Professional category: 2nd Place


Daniel Caesar Pratama, Made Harris Kuncara, Arif Rachman Hidayat, Gagas Firas Silmi, Adhietya Orlandho Putra Sunarmo

[Being selected as one of the winners] was reall y unexpected since our team faced several obstacles during the design process. We are overwhelmed with joy knowing that our intention is well received and appreciated. Winning FuturArc Prize boosts our confidence as young designers to speak up about urgent issues that need to be resolved.


Professional category: 3rd Place


Raynaldo Theodore, Maria Vanessa

We are happy and grateful for winning third place in FuturArc Prize 2017. It was a long yet exciting journey to find innovative and Green solutions for the urban environment. We appreciate the opportunity of the worldwide publicity for our works as this competition offers a good milestone for our future careers.


Student category: 1st Place


Fadhil Hafizh Sadewo, Inas Raras Maheningtyas, Asmita Puspasari, Muhammad Ridho Kharisma Putra, Bimo Wicaksana

The team thanks FuturArc Prize 2017 for giving us recognition in today’s architecture scene. Winning this competition offers inspiration and momentum in being part of the creative design ideas for Asia. We see the prize as an opportunity to commit to sustaina ble actions and provide solutions for urban challenges. We hope some day we can participate in an important role for the common good. 


Student category: 2nd Place

Nguyen Nguyen Tran Trung, Tan Tran Duy, Bon Pham Nhat, Thu Ho Dac

We are surprised and happy to know that our team was declared as one of the winners in an interna tional competition. This success has boosted our drive and courage to create designs and become a leader with the right vision in Green and sustainable architecture.


Student category: 3rd Place

Vincent Hernando, Erik Fernando, Najda Thahira, Valenzia Natasha, Andrew Sunggono
 

Many people have opinions on how everyone deserves to live in proper conditions. This competition gives us the opportunity to brainstorm and develop our ideas on what and how to potentiall y achieve them. Winning FuturArc Prize 2017 has not only brought us joy and gratitude, but also made us feel that we could actually initiate a possible solution towards the challenges. This marks that as future architects, we need to become more aware of our society and environment.
 


How practical are your designs?

Professional category: 1st Place
In this project, we proposed a system of wa ter filtration and conservation that comprises two parts. The first part is a vertical structure including rainwater filtration and conservation, while the second is a horizontal system for disinfection of grey water in each unit. There are two advantages for the installation of this system into the current infrastructure. Firstly, the core idea of this system is to utilise affordable and easily available materials that meet the requirement of construction in different scales. The second advantage is to make use of the existing vegetal system along the canal.

Professional category: 2nd Place
As the future Jakarta mass ra pid transport (MRT) will be operating in 2019, our project would be a ble to contribute in connecting pedestrians to destinations via an elevated walkway. But it would require efforts from the government to provide commercial development and affordable housing to create a connected city.

Professional category: 3rd Place
Our design ties in with the city’s rejuvenation programme, and offers prefabricated buildings for a fast construction process and low cost. With a good management of renewable energy, water and electricity, this will bring in huge benefits to the ecology and allow the vicinity to be developed into a Green environment.

Student category: 1st Place
Based on our observation over the past four years, most people in Bandung look for entertainment in open public spaces in the city, probably due to the cool atmosphere that encourages outdoor activities. Our project offers to maintain the city’s morphology and heritage by improving the sustainability of existing natural features.

Student category: 2nd Place
The practicability of our project is high because the expenditure for demolishing the water tower system is much higher than the initial construction expenditure. The old system is still in good sha pe since the previous materials and techniques are of good quality. Moreover, most of the water towers have not been used often due to the drastic changes in society.

Student category: 3rd Place
As our design centres around the presence of humidity, it can be implemented almost everywhere. The current waste management system has trash that ends up in landfills, taking up land (that is essential in architectural developments) and polluting its surroundings. The possible practice would be to g radually decompose the contents of landfills and turning them into functioning materials and land instead of a toxic last resort.



The winners also shared their thoughts on the following questions.

  • Your design inspiration and challenges?

  • What will the future of Green be like?

     

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Previously Published Main Feature (Abstracts)
       

May-Jun 2016

WE ARE 10!

In celebration of FuturArc’s 10th anniversary this year, we dedicate the Main Feature of this issue to look at how FuturArc has evolved over the past decade, what our readers think about us, and what their favourite stories are.

   
     

Jan-Feb 2016

REINVENTING THE MALL by Miriel Ko

The crisis to which architects and engineers in Asia must now respond is not an energy crisis. The world has plenty of high-yielding energy left to convert—coal, natural gas, uranium, and even unconventional oil. The crisis is ecological.

   
     

Sep-Oct 2015

EARTH, NOT ENERGY by Jalel Sager

The crisis to which architects and engineers in Asia must now respond is not an energy crisis. The world has plenty of high-yielding energy left to convert—coal, natural gas, uranium, and even unconventional oil. The crisis is ecological.
 

   
     

Mar-Apr 2015

THE BIOPHILIC OFFICE | RECONNECTING NATURE TO THE WORKFORCE by Miriel Ko

How often do we say in the workplace that we could use a little vacation? And more often than not, what are the places we think of when we envision that place? Perhaps we think of a beach, a trail through the forest, the mountains or a quiet place in our very own backyards. 

   
     

Jan-Feb 2015

SOCIABLE ARCHITECTURE? by Patrick Bingham-Hall

“The strength that comes from human collaboration is the central truth behind civilisation’s success and the primary reason why cities exist…we must free ourselves from our tendency to see cities as their buildings, and remember that the real city is made of flesh, not concrete.” Edward Glaeser

   
     

Nov-Dec 2014

EDISON VERSUS TESLA FOR ARCHITECTS: BUILDINGS, ELECTRICITY AND THE FUTURE by Jalel Sager

The debate between DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) is an old one, stretching back to Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, two inventors working in the United States at the dawn of the electricity age, beginning in the late 19th century. Edison favoured DC power, believing its simplicity and safety outweighed the losses that occurred when transmitting low-voltage DC power over distances.

   
   

Sep-Oct 2014

LIVEABLE CITIES; THE ART OF INTEGRATING TODAY WHAT WE NEED TOMORROW  by Herbert Dreiseitl

In much of the world today, space in cities is scarce. With growing populations and new demands for workspace, production, mobility, and recreation, cities are fighting for shrinking land resources. The losers in this battle for urban space are foremost the soft and unspoken voices with smaller budgets: protagonists of green spaces, common ground, and the environment.

 
   

Jul-Aug 2014

BUILT TO LAST: ADDRESSING LONGEVITY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT  by Dr Forrest Meggers

The new era of Green building brings to light the opportunity for improving indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Particularly, with a growing number of people entering the urban workforce and spending prolonged hours indoors, the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals in building materials, poor indoor air quality, lack of contact with nature and other workplace stress are all causes for concern.

 
   

Jan-Feb 2014

BEYOND EDUCATION by Miriel Ko

The new era of Green building brings to light the opportunity for improving indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Particularly, with a growing number of people entering the urban workforce and spending prolonged hours indoors, the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals in building materials, poor indoor air quality, lack of contact with nature and other workplace stress are all causes for concern.

 
   

Sep-Oct 2013

A NEW ERA OF GREEN BUILDING: HEALTH & PRODUCTIVITY IN THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT by Miriel Ko

MPAS Awards 2014 | Feature Article of the Year (Trade) | WINNER

The new era of Green building brings to light the opportunity for improving indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Particularly, with a growing number of people entering the urban workforce and spending prolonged hours indoors, the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals in building materials, poor indoor air quality, lack of contact with nature and other workplace stress are all causes for concern.

 
   

Jul-Aug 2013

ASIA'S INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE: A FORCE FOR GOOD? by Vesdasri Kada

In an ideal world effluents from industry would be rendered completely harmless before they see light of the day. In an even more ideal world, the industrial city would be a great place to live. Is this possible?


 
   

May-Jun 2013

SMALL PROJECTS, BIG IMPACTS by Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle

MPAS Awards 2014 | Feature Article of the Year (Trade) | Merit
MPAS Awards 2014 | Single Article Design of the Year | Merit

It’s not the size that matters. Small projects can make a big impact. Community-supported construction of sustainable and appropriate facilities is an effective social development concept, proving that architecture in underserved areas is more than development aid or environmentally-friendly construction, but a means for building a community.


 
   
Mar-Apr 2013

ASIAN ECO-CITIES: A CRITIQUE by Judith Ryser

The case of rapid urbanisation, scarcity of resources, climate change and thus the need for sustainable development has been made extensively worldwide, so the focus here is on eco-cities, a specific ecological solution conceived to redress urban development deficiencies.


 
   
Jan-Feb 2013

HOUSING, SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMUNITY by Chang Jiat Hwee

“Housing in the twentieth century has been one continuing emergency.”
Charles Abrams, The Future of Housing, 1946


 

   
4Q 2012

HOW GREEN ARE URBAN HOTELS AND RESORTS? by Dr Rachel Dodds

Tourism is big business internationally. In 2011, there were 983 million international tourist arrivals and this number is expected to grow to 1.8 billion by 2030. With this growth, however, comes negative impact and threats. In addition to tourism being consumptive of natural resources such as water and energy...
 

 

3Q 2012

GREEN BUILDINGS IN ASIA: ARE THEY SUSTAINABLE? by Nirmal Kishnani

Green is not, by definition, the same as sustainable. Green is a relative measure, an argument to do less harm. A building is deemed Green if it consumes or emits less than a predetermined benchmark. To be sustainable is to live within the carrying capacity of our planet...
 

 

2Q 2012

BETWEEN THE TOWER AND THE HUT: (GREEN) BUILDINGS AS CULTURAL OBJECTS IN AN AGE OF OPPOSITIONS by Jalel Sager

Culture is slippery. Here we'll talk about it as an abstract but pervasive field that guides relations between individuals, groups, and wider nature. While scholars debate the extent to which a society's production patterns determine its culture...
 

 
1Q 2012

MALL MADNESS by Vincent Lim

I spent 11 hours in Dubai Mall. Despite spending half a day there, I saw and bought from only a fraction of the 1,200 retail outlets. My time was consumed by other experiences. I rode the high-speed lifts to the viewing deck of Burj Khalifa, gawked at marine life through an enormous picture window and marvelled at the astounding...
 

 
4Q 2011

A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH? TOWARD BIOPHILIC LIVING INTERIORS by Jalel Sager

"No important change in ethics was ever accomplished without an internal change in our intellectual emphasis, loyalties, affections, and convictions." – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac... 
 

 
2Q 2011

ASPECTS OF CONSERVATION by Chu Lik Ren

In recent years, conservation projects in Asia involving cultural properties have gained increasing sophistication and respectability. Yet, like the proverbial tale about how different vision-impaired individuals feeling up an elephant would perceive...


 
4Q 2010

RECONNECTING WITH NATURE by Dr Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos

The relationship between man and nature has evolved greatly in different periods of history and across diverse cultures and regions. In the past, generally most indigenous tribes had a special connection with nature and many different communities had in common their respect of “mother earth”...
 

 
2Q 2010
 
EDUCATING ARCHITECTS FOR THE FUTURE by Robert and Brenda Vale
 
As the world population increases amidst Earth's dwindling finite resources and the ominous dangers of climate change, the next generation of architects can no longer be taught to design future buildings and cities in isolation.
 

3Q 2009

NOT WASTING THIS RECESSION by Thor Kerr

In tough economic times, will the industry forgo expenses associated with Green development and build cheaply? The context through which Green buildings are created is changing rapidly. It is no longer sufficient for Green buildings to be functional while mitigating climate change and other ecological threats; they must now also account for...


 
   

2Q 2009

THE GREAT GREEN DISCONNECT by Calvin Low

People are, today, more conscious than ever of the need to collectively shoulder the burden to save the environment, why then this disconnect between conviction and action? Calvin Low investigates the obstacles confronting people's will to go green in their daily decisions...

 
   

1Q 2009

REALM OF DETAILS by Cheah Kok Ming

Thoughts from six quotes on the value of details.
1 "THERE IS NO DETAIL IN ARCHITECTURE, EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT." Le Corbusier (Le Corbusier and Britain: An Anthology; Murray, Irena (Ed) & Osley, Julian (Ed); 2008)...
 
   

4Q 2008

BRINGING HOME THE REALITIES OF CLIMATE CHANGE by Dr Ray Cole

There is clear consensus that climate change will be the single most significant and urgent societal issue this century. Climate change has global and far-reaching consequences and any rationally planned solution will require sustained international political commitment and cooperation.
 
   

3Q 2008

THE GREEN FUTURE OF BUILDINGS by Thor Kerr

A survey of architects and construction professionals in Australia, Southeast Asia and China asks how committed they are to the cause of green buildings, and what they understood by it.
 
   

 


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