Magazine

1Q 2008

Information Technology in Design / Education
We start out this edition on two tracks leading towards ecological modernity. Track one focuses on integrated design process and track two on the evolution of design tools from computer aided drawing to building information modeling. On these tracks we find some startling projects offering hope for the built environment's partnership with nature as well as a wide-ranging discourse on changing architectural design processes. The subject of change also demands that we review educational architecture, since the educational landscape has been changing over the years and is vastly different today. As such, a selection of future school and university buildings across Southeast Asia, China and Australia has been featured.
 
This edition will also reveal the recipients of the much anticipated BCI Asia Top Ten Architects 2008 Awards. The BCI Asia awards are bestowed each year to the 10 most active architectural firms in Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Table of contents
DISCUSSION—INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN DESIGN 
Integrated Design Approach
Bringing owners, architects, contractors and specialists together at the outset makes for a more efficient, less wasteful design process.
 
A Revolution in Design
The concept of Building Information Modeling is not new, but the software is finally catching up and changing the way buildings are designed.
 
The CAD Way
In Indonesia CAD, rather than BIM, remains the main working tool of architects.
 
Building the BMW Welt
The latest of a series of BMW buildings in Germany is an architectural masterpiece created out of an integrated design process.
 
Designing in China
Some architects in China believe that integrated design practice has been the de facto method in the country for years although the use of BIM or CAD is still relatively new.
 
PROJECTS—EDUCATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BCI ASIA HIGHLIGHTS
BCI Asia Top Ten Architects 2008
Australian Architecture on Display
Inaugural FuturArc Forum shows and goes the way in 2007
China Architects See Profit in Green Building
 

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