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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. We asked FuturArc readers to vote for their favourite FuturArc Interview, Commentary and Project over the past years. In this special section, we are sharing the survey results. The lucky draw winner of a 16GB iPad Air 2 is Prachi Chauhan. The 10 fastest respondents and those who have submitted the 10 most heartfelt testimonials win a complimentary one-year FuturArc subscription and a complimentary copy of Architecture@16. Abstracts of the most popular stories are reprinted in the following pages. To read the full articles, please visit www.futurarc.com.

Second most popular interview
Chrisna du Plessis, Associate Professor, Sustainable Construction Department of Construction Economics, University of
Pretoria by Dr Nirmal Kishnani
Mar-Apr 2015 Hospitality issue
Third most popular interview
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard
University by Dr Nirmal Kishnani
May-Jun 2015 Green Awards issue
 

Second most popular project
SandcrawlerJul-Aug 2015 The Biophilic Space issue
Third most popular project
The Star VistaSep-Oct 2015 Energy issue
 

Second most popular commentary
Practising Regenerative Design and Development by Dominique Hes and Chrisna du PlessisMay-Jun 2015 Green Awards issue
Third most popular commentary
How Smart is Your City by Louis WhiteSep-Oct 2014 Liveable Cities issue

 

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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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