New & Re-Emerging Architecture

Magazine / 2nd Quarter 2022

New & Re-Emerging Architecture

Dear FuturArc readers,

Why do humans innovate?

Is it to address problems out of necessity or to address questions out of curiosity?

In architecture, innovation enabled by technology has brought about different forms and systems of design. On the building side, it has led to novel construction methods and ways of using existing materials more efficiently or in creating new ones.

It is common to equate this phenomenon with something brand new being made, as it is human nature to always want something new, hence setting the wheels of innovation in motion.

This sometimes results in technological products supplied in abundance on one side—at every touchpoint, a new product attending to niche concerns—and adoption or implementation playing catch up on the other, especially in developing markets.

“Technologically, the building industry is fragmented into isolated socio-technical pockets with little or no reciprocal connection between labour markets, material supply chains and design advice.” Milinda Pathiraja, co-founder of Robust Architecture Workshop, addresses the disconnection between the different parts and players of the industry, and asks us to imagine a more connected culture of building based on simple principles at each juncture of the process.

The advent of new architecture brings to the fore today’s era of parametric modelling, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality interfacing with the realm of phygital landscapes, metaverse, NFTs and such. What are the present-day impacts and future implications, especially with respect to the environment? These were intensively discussed with experts in The FuturArc Interview and In Conversation.

The uncommon aspect of innovation encompasses reimagining or revisiting what already exists.

Thus, this issue also looks at the re-emergence of architectural solutions in India and Nepal, which were once ignored or forgotten and are now seeing a revival, especially among environmentally conscious communities.

And we discover how by lateral thinking we could tap into Nature’s bounty creatively without cleaving. For example, do you know the tropical sky can be a source of cooling, even to the extent of (almost) producing ice cubes without using a freezer box? How about incorporating bee or leech therapy into healthcare architecture?

Things once thought to be impossible are now materialising before our very eyes. Nonetheless, whether it is to solve problems or to satisfy curiosity, we should do well to remember that in all new or re-emerging creative efforts and trends, the best solutions are those that do not abuse or destroy Nature.

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee.

Table of Contents
2Q 2022: NEW & RE-EMERGING ARCHITECTURE
MAIN FEATURE
Imagining a Building Culture Revived on Architectural Robustness

COMMENTARY
The Sky as a Source of Cooling & Other Tropical Innovations
Igniting Ideas from Other Insights
Reinforcing a Labour of Love
Re-emergence of the Vernacular in India

HAPPENINGS
SIWW & CESG 2022
The potential of circular materials for architectural use
Revitalised Tebet Eco Park opened as a Green oasis
How emerging architectural technologies can decentralise healthcare
Milestones & Events
Products

FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Wendy W. Fok

IN CONVERSATION
Aswin Indraprastha & Carlos Bañón:
Next-Generation Technologies in Architectural Design


PROJECTS
OCEANIX City: Keeping Future Cities Afloat
A Futuristic Idea of Using Nature to Heal & Manage Diabetes
Cocoa Craftsman Factory: The Building as a Chocolate Melting Machine
Daylight Ducts for High-Rise Offices


Previous issues:
1Q 2022: HOUSING ASIA
MAIN FEATURE
Homes, not Houses
3d-printed housing in India
Homes built by homeowners in Sri Lanka
Carbon Tech Modular House in Indonesia

VIETNAM FOCUS
Adapting Vietnam’s Urban Street House to High-Rise Apartments
Hong Ha Eco City
The Nest Modular Housing
Tan Phu House

COMMENTARY
Public and Private Housing in Malaysia

HAPPENINGS
8th APHF: Mainstreaming Green throughout the housing value chain
Oceanix City
Milestones & Events
Products

SHOWCASE
Habitat ’67: Critique on a Classic & Its Modern Interpretations
Safdie Architects: Charu Kokate

FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Toyo Ito

IN CONVERSATION
Eko Prawoto: Living More Authentically With Nature

PROJECTS
Bay Window Tower House
AMN Student Housing
Baan Hom Din
Jervois Mansion
Permeability Housed

4Q 2021: YEAR-END | NOW & THEN

MAIN FEATURE
Aspirations Versus Realities of Utopia in India

SHOWCASE
Charles Correa Now

YEAR-END FOCUS: CARBON
A Case Study from China
Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong
A Singapore Perspective

HAPPENINGS
Special Focus: Reimagining the Future at IBEW 2021
Indonesia’s Progress Towards Carbon Goals
FuturArc Readership Survey 2021
Milestones
Products

FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Jason F. McLennan

COMMENTARY
Brazil’s Favelas

PROJECTS
Heron Hall
Climate Pledge Arena
ASHRAE World Headquarters
HMTX World Headquarters and Materials Innovation Center
Singapore Zero Energy Cases
Green Shore Residence Phase II
Tianheng Bayview

3Q 2021: CITIES ISSUE | EQUITY AND URBAN INTERVENTIONS
MAIN FEATURE
How Can We Design Cities to Be More Equitable?

SHOWCASE
Tebet Eco Garden

CITY PROFILE
Hoi An
Kandy

HAPPENINGS
Special Focus: World Cities Summit
In Conversation With Anupama Kundoo
Milestones
Products
FUTURARC INTERVIEW
James Shen

COMMENTARY
Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking

PROJECTS
Shi Ban Qiao Mixed-Use Development
Zhuhai Xiangzhou Green Connector: Jing Shan Trail
Matsubara Civic Library
Porte de Montreuil

2Q 2021: WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE
Main Feature: Intersectional Feminism for a Sustainable FutureKotchakorn Voraakhom
Yasmeen LariGanga Rathnayake
Serina HijjasChing-Hwa Chang
Sonali RastogiMilestones
Maria Warner WongProduct Advertorials


1Q 2021: ENERGY

THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Hossein Rezai; Lee Chin Wei; Serina Hijjas
A Carbon Neutral Skyscraper: Arthaland Century Pacific Tower
Reaching Energy Targets: Singapore Institute of Technology;
The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation
In Conversation with Jan Glasmeier
Sky GreenSteering Clear of Catastrophe: Solutions from the Built Environment
Integrated Production Facility for Organic IndiaWater Becomes the New Crude and Other Things
SMU ConnexionMilestones
Product Advertorials

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