Previously Published Projects (2014 Jul to Dec)
Nov-Dec 2014
Vertical Greenery
There are now increasingly different types of vertical greenery—a greater variety of systems has come into play so that plants are not only growing directly on vertical surfaces but they—and even trees—are also growing in planter boxes stacked vertically or in creative ways along the façade of the building, and not necessarily on the surface itself.
Nov-Dec 2014
Hope Floats
Climate change has caused water levels to rise and extend the monsoon season in most places. The impact of climate change can be felt more acutely in rural areas where the population is directly dependant on the environment for their sustenance and livelihood. Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha was founded in 1998 by Mohammed Rezwan Abul Hasanat, an architecture graduate. Shidhulai is the name of a village in India while Swanirvar Sangstha means self-reliance.
Nov-Dec 2014
Tamedia Office Building
Completed in March 2013, the new headquarters of the Swiss media company Tamedia is one of many that have set up bases in the vicinity, following the trend that began in the early 20th century when the Swiss-German national daily Tages-Anzeiger established editorial offices and printing works in the area.
Nov-Dec 2014
Hanoi Museum
The brief for the Hanoi Museum was for a building that could be pairedwith sustainable features that allow for natural cooling while protecting the works inside. As such, the architects decided on an inverted pyramid shape for the building—each level of the museum is arranged as terraces projecting outwards to form the shape.
Nov-Dec 2014
ABC Building
In the Gangnam district of South Korea, there is a building that stands out due
to its use of black bricks. Taking into account its physical environment—the
project is located near the Seongjeong Royal Tomb in a historically rich area—the
ABC Building has an open rooftop for a visual connection with its surroundings
and uses black bricks as a sign of solemn respect for the tombs.
Nov-Dec 2014
Desa Mahkota School
School buildings are projects seldom allocated with big budgets or ones that place a lot of emphasis on design. Desa Mahkota School has managed to defy this by improving on the standard ‘old school’ typology and adopting passive design strategies, resulting in a school that is aesthetically pleasing—with a tinge of nostalgia—and Green.
Nov-Dec 2014
Salvaged Ring
A distinctive building with a curved roof can be seen located along a highway in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The roof extends from near the highway to a riverbank on the other end. This is Salvaged Ring, a rustic coffee house that was built from scrap wood.
Nov-Dec 2014
Gran Rubina Tower I
The aim was to develop a project that would be sustainable in its entirety—from the design process and construction to the operations and maintenance. With an integrated design approach between the architects and engineers, the project moved forward with a Green construction mindset. The collaboration was made possible through the Danish Business Partnership programme, with the support of the Danish Government.
Nov-Dec 2014
Country Report: Philippines
Three months after the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Philippine government established the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), which was responsible for the creation of a blueprint for sustainable development, now known as the Philippine Agenda 21 (PA 21). Two decades later, the question remains: how has the country fared with its sustainability agenda?
Nov-Dec 2014
Country Report: Singapore
In Green building development, as in many other fields, progress is an on-going process. Singapore’s national Green building strategy has evolved over the past decade, most notably with the introduction and expansion of its Green Mark certification scheme. Its industry has evolved in tandem, nudged along by incentives and then mandatory commitments—the carrot-and-stick approach.
Nov-Dec 2014
Country Report: Thailand
Since their debut in 2007, Green buildings have steadily increased in popularity, reflecting efforts made by large property developers and construction firms to improve their corporate image and demonstrate their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Sep-Oct 2014
City Profile: Bootstrapping India's Smart Growth
India's plan to build 100 smart cities heralds a new era of smart growth for the country-growth that is aspirational and futuristic. Testimony to the fact that within a week of Narendra Modi taking oath as Prime Minister, his smart city project Gujerat International Finance Tec-City or GIFT CIty, which seeks to provide a financial services gateway to national and international financial markets, achieved financial closure for its Phase 1 infrastructure development.
Sep-Oct 2014
City Profile: Singapore's Round Island Route & Marina South
As Singapore becomes more urbanised, there is an increasing shift in focus towards walking and cycling as means of sustainable commute. Significant attention has been given to pedestrian movements as seen in the substantial incorporation of overhead bridges, footpaths, and sheltered walkways througout the island.
Sep-Oct 2014
Project Profile: Value Farm
Value Farm explores the possibilities of urban farming in the city and how it can integrate with community building. The project was part of the Bi-City Biennale or Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in 2013, a biennale exhibition based on the themes of urbanism and urbanisation and co-organised by the cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Sep-Oct 2014
City Profile: Participatory Planning and Indonesian Buildings
Participatory culture seems to have consigned patriarchal culture to the dustbin of history in Indonesia's recent presidential election. A lean, clever child of the street took on and beat a bloated, bullying son of the eliteor so the story goes.
Sep-Oct 2014
City Profile: City of Suzhou
Suzhou, a rich cultural city in China with a history of over 2,500 years, has undergone significant transformation over the past two decades. Located in the southeast Jiangsu province in eastern China and adjacent to the municipality of Shanghai, the city is famous for its fertile agricultural land and historical role.
Sep-Oct 2014
City Profile: Active and Vital Streets in Kashiwanoha Smart City
Based on the success of other established districts in the Unites States such as the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon and the South Lake Union Area of Seattle, Washington, vital and active streets supplement the perception of an invigorated public realm.
Sep-Oct 2014
City Profile: Mobility in Taipei City
Taipei City, like many cities in Asia, is facing rapid urbanisation along with increasing motorisation. This has resulted in an enduring emissions problem. Both private cars and motorcycles are the most common modes of transportation for commuting purposes in the city and are ubiquitous on the streets.
Jul-Aug 2014
Well of Light, Air and Water
44 Belimbing Avenue is a 30-year-old, three-storey intermediate terrace house with a design brief that called for spaces to cater for a small multi-generational family of four. As with all houses of this type, both sides are attached to party walls, often blocking daylight and air flow. Therefore, the key challenge for this renovation project was how to introduce light and ventilation into the interiors.
Jul-Aug 2014
Bangkok University Student Activity Center
A team of Thai architects has transformed a 20 plus-year-old building in Bangkok University—previously a dormitory which was built like 20 huts attached to one another—into a vibrant learning environment where students can retreat to colourful spaces with slanted floors. After the dorm was left damaged by a great flood in 2011, the university wanted to remodel the structure for a new use.
Jul-Aug 2014
Bubble Building
The Bubble Building is a façade redesign of an old and unattractive building located in Shanghai’s city centre. Unlike a conventional renovation, the architect’s proposal is to place white nylon inflatables outside the windows of the existing building. Many modern buildings are being constructed or under way in the area, so the strategy is to revamp the façade to attract customers to rent out office spaces on the upper floors and commercial spaces on the lower floors. By installing a bubble-like exterior, the building will become easily recognisable and will stand out from its surroundings. But more than just a superficial revamp, the bubble façade comes with complex environmental qualities.
Jul-Aug 2014
Lahas Zone Showroom
The city of Yiwu is well known today for its small commodity trade and vibrant free markets. The origin of trade in this county-level city in Zhejiang, China can be traced back to the 17th century when peasants turned to trade and commerce to earn their living because land was not rich in this hilly region. They never looked back since, and the present-day city now reverberates with a spirit of entrepreneurship, housing the largest small commodity wholesale market in the world.
Jul-Aug 2014
Energy-efficient Retrofitting of the EECCHI Office
The fifth floor of the Annex Building of the Directorate General of Electricity in Jakarta, Indonesia was retrofitted with the specific goal of achieving substantial energy savings. The retrofitted office space houses the Energy Efficiency Conservation Clearing House Indonesia (EECCHI), whose mission is to increase awareness and knowledge about energy efficiency throughout Indonesia. As such, the energy-efficient retrofit of their own office premises forms a natural part of their work. 
Jul-Aug 2014
Hanwha Headquarters Office Tower
The remodelling of Hanwha Headquarters Office Tower is long overdue. Built in the 1980s, the building was seen to no longer reflect Hanwha as one of the leading providers of environmental technology. Neighbouring structures too had superseded the office tower in innovation and design, following a rehabilitation and restoration project of historical and cultural sites in Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon area as well as a revival of the space as a business and financial centre.
Jul-Aug 2014
Sala Rattanakosin
Sala Rattanakosin is a renovation project of Sala Resorts and Spas. The brief is to transform seven shophouses into a five-storey boutique hotel consisting of 17 rooms, restaurants, an outdoor deck, an indoor bar, and a rooftop bar. The project is located in Thai Tien, an older section of Bangkok, featuring a bustling market atmosphere. The shophouses were built during the Fifth Reign (1868-1910), and had been renovated many times to adapt to the changing environment.
Jul-Aug 2014
Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building
With a large Chinese roof and masonry grey brick walls making up the main elements of its envelope, Wujigeng Building’s architecture is typical of the Minguo period (Republic of China, 1912–1949). Built in the late 1920s to early 1930s as part of the old Jinglin College campus in Nanjing, the building was supported predominately by a concrete structure and wood-striped partition walls rather than walls constructed from materials such as wood and brick, which were commonly seen in traditional Chinese houses. Because the architecture of Wujigeng and other buildings on the old campus was representative of the time, the site on which they sit is now preserved as a major historical and cultural site under protection of the state.
Jul-Aug 2014
Z Gallery
Z Gallery is an art venue inside an abandoned concrete building—previously used for purifying rough cloth—in a seaside district of east Shenzhen. This project is the first part of a bigger, more ambitious development: iD Town, an envisioned cultural centre which occupies the former 20-acre Honghua printing and dyeing factory that was left deserted for over 10 years. The entire iD Town master plan will see the realisation of 18 buildings over a period of 15 to 20 years.
Jul-Aug 2014
Zanav Home
One of the twin warehouses in an industrial suburb of Bangalore city needed to be converted into an office and design space for a textile design company. The existing structure was a two-storey reinforced concrete warehouse accessed by an external staircase and daylit by windows in its masonry envelope. Its new function required it to house a workspace for textile designers and administrative offices.
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