Women in Architecture

Magazine / 2nd Quarter 2021

Women in Architecture

Dear FuturArc Readers,

Much has been said of the challenges that women face in the workplace, how a female point of view is often lacking in the boardroom. But how are these manifested in the field of design? In the realm of sustainability, in particular, is there a woman’s perspective at the drawing board?

In this issue, we talked to 10 women in architecture, urbanism and landscape design, from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Taiwan to Singapore. What they share confirmed some of the issues reported elsewhere. Women deal with the proverbial glass ceiling; they struggle with clashing career and family demands. There can be biases in the office, on project sites and in client meetings. Some counter, however, that this is often tempered by social class: if a woman comes to the world of design from a background of wealth or privilege, the discrimination she encounters can be assuaged, but it does not go away entirely.

The vantage point that a woman brings to sustainability is harder to pin down: a female worldview is not apparent, they say, in deciding which strategies or technologies are adopted, or how a building looks. But it can alter how things are done: who is invited to the table, and which problems are prioritised. Yasmeen Lari, the pioneering architect from Pakistan (page 24), summed it up best: “sustainability can’t just be about materials; it has to be about social and ecological justice.”

It is fitting then that this issue is led by women: Zalina, Bhawna, Heather, and Ann are all long-time contributors, and Carissa was the magazine’s content editor. Candice is the heart of the enterprise, shaping the vision for the magazine and the FuturArc brand at large. I have known Candice the longest. She is passionate and proficient at what she does; over the years, her voice, on the subject of sustainability, has grown confident and commanding.

It is with pride therefore that I hand over the mantle of FuturArc Editor-in-Chief to her. This will be my last issue with the magazine.

I decided some months ago that it was time to move on. The post-COVID world beckons with new questions and urgencies that I must heed. And although I will admit that the decision to step away from FuturArc—a vehicle I have cherished and nurtured over 13 years—felt unsettling at first, the open road in front of me now feels compelling.

Before I go, I must thank all who have supported FuturArc, the magazine, its competitions and many events. I am grateful to anyone who openly expressed interest, offered feedback, purchased a subscription or an ad. Everything that we set out to do since 2008, when we rebranded FuturArc as the voice of Green architecture in Asia, has been possible because you propped us up. If there’s one thing I take with me from my encounters with you, it is that there is a voice in everyone you meet. It just needs a little time and encouragement to flourish.

Dr Nirmal Kishnan
Editor-in-Chief

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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