Table of contents
Reinventing Temporary and Leftover Spaces
A ‘Forum’ Redesigned
The FuturArc Interview
Technical Director, Trane Singapore
Steps to Retrofitting Existing Buildings
Doing More with Less
We live in a time of haste, a culture of throw-away consumerism. Even buildings—for all the resources it takes to make one—have become commodities that are too easily torn down.
In this issue, we devote ourselves to the idea of renewal—retrofits, restorations and upgrades—for community and environment. Chu Lik Ren, in the Main Feature, speaks of the challenge of injecting new activity and modern conveniences into historically worthy structures. In the FuturArc Interview, mechanical engineer extraordinare Lee Eng Lock who has built his reputation on a portfolio of projects, many of them retrofits, speaks candidly of the persistent problems of energy waste in buildings.
Projects featured include the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila, retrofitted with the objective of improving occupant comfort, and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Victoria, a pre-loved building developed into a sustainable commercial office building.