The New Network

Magazine / Mar - Apr 2016

The New Network

This issue was initially titled “infrastructure” but that word feels increasingly obsolete in the lexicon of sustainability. There has been a substantive shift in the conversation this past decade for which we need new words. We have moved from a techno-centric view of Green to a quality-of-life perspective, where we plan better systems. The pride we felt in concrete highways and storm water systems—once symbols of an efficient, progressive city—is giving way to the pleasure we seek from blue-green systems that improve ecology and create new public space.

Japan was a pioneer in the re-naturalisation of waterways. The Japan River Restoration Network (JRRN) was formed in the 1990s; it later participated in the formation of the Asian River Restoration Network (ARRN) in 2006. The JRRN attempted to fix the mess that came out of rapid industrialisation in the 1970s.

Fast forward 2005: Seoul opened the Cheonggyecheon project, probably the most publicised river restoration project in Asia where an elevated vehicular highway was removed to restore a waterway. Singapore, in 2012, opened the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (featured in FuturArc Sep-Oct 2014 issue) that took away a concrete storm water canal and replaced it with a naturalised stream. Singapore now has an island wide network of park connectors that promote walking and cycling (featured in FuturArc Sep-Oct 2014 issue). Each project has been massively popular with the public, having impacts on biodiversity, urban hydrology and real estate prices—or as what experts say as the people-planet-profit.

In this issue we feature several blue-green parks in China, not unlike the ones in Seoul and Singapore. There is an urban cycling network in an Indian city, an elevated park connector in Seoul, much like the High Line in New York.

What is common to all, aside from stated environmental goals, is that they are built around human experience. We are meant to feel good. And this comes from proximity to nature and community, access to clean water, air and natural light, all delivered with a purposeful sense of—dare we say it?—beauty. Sustainability starts with reimagining systems. The building occupant and the city dweller, both deserve a better life, not simply a less worse one.

Data on Japan was sourced by Alakesh Dutta, who in this issue talks about the assessment of blue-green projects.

Table of Contents
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

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

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
MAIN FEATURE
Landscape Architecture Is Our First Line of Defence
The Next Paradigm; Where We Go From Here
The Future of Cities: Sustainability’s Deceptive Dreams
Rethinking Sustainability: Form Follows Systems
Moving Beyond Sustainability
THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Anna Heringer
HAPPENINGS
Milestones & Events
Product Advertorials

MAIN FEATURE
Adaptable Spaces
Cities and a Circular Economy After the Virus
Density versus COVID-19: An Indonesian Case Study
Landscape through the Lens of Pandemic
Reclaiming Immaterial Spaces
THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Prof Dr Lou Yongqi; Liak Teng Lit; Sameep Padora

HAPPENINGS
Milestones & Events
Product Advertorials

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT 2020
Information on FuturArc Prize & FuturArc Green Leadership Award
Jury & jurors’ comments
FuturArc Prize 2020 winning entries
FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2020 winning entries

Main Feature
Frontlines of Ecological Practice

The FuturArc Interview
Yu Kongjian (Professor for landscape architecture, Peking University; Founder, Turenscape) and
Lou Yongqi (Dean, Tongji University’s College of Design and Innovation in Shanghai; Founder, TEKTAO and Design Harvest)

Futurarc Showcase
Shanghai Houtan Park & New Jindai Elementary School

Projects

Commentary

  • Anti Net-Zero Energy Building Policy In Malaysia

The FuturArc Interview

Books

  • Positive, Timely and Engaging: A Review of Paul Hawken’s Drawdown

People

FuturArc Interview

Commentary

Happenings

Milestones & Events

Product Advertorials

Projects

The FuturArc Interview

Special Supplement 2017

Projects

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