Year-End 2021: Now & Then

Magazine / 4th Quarter 2021

Year-End 2021: Now & Then

Dear FuturArc Readers,

“Thoughts are the architects of our circumstances.”

I read this some time ago from a spiritual text.

Thoughts do have a way of flowing out into our words and deeds. As such, they have a powerful impact on how we see the world and how we construct our realities.

Thoughts move us forwards or back, impressing upon us visions or memories. This year-end issue is a medium through which we look at past concepts in their current manifestations and future possibilities based on present status quo, now.

Thoughts can become reality: Auroville was envisaged to be a place for all humanity, built on a foundation of an inclusive social consciousness and oneness, founded by a spiritual teacher. But has it fulfilled its own utopic vision? Bhawna Jaimini set off to find out, intrigued by one of the loftiest ideals for a township in her country of birth and upbringing, which has been on her mind as a story she wanted to tell—and finally did.

Thoughts realised can become memorialised: Charles Correa was described by some as being ahead of his time—whose vision of architecture was expressed in work dominated by passive strategies, localised in climate and site. His buildings that still exist today are being investigated by Nipun Prabhakar, who undertook a photographic journey into the question of what aspects of Correa’s work have survived and how they are relevant in today’s context.

Thoughts can start a revolution, but only if everyone shares the same idea: carbon has been on the minds—and agendas—of most industry players and government bodies. However, not everyone agrees on the same meaning. The Advancing Net Zero global course of action, set by the World Green Building Council towards total sector decarbonisation by 2050, has given rise to a myriad of programmes in different countries, initiated by local Green building councils or agencies. Some have passed laws; some have set their own master plans or targets—but if true net zero is to be reached worldwide in less than three decades, we need a one-pointed, well-defined framework where meanings and measurements are clearly understood and applied. This is the focus of our year-end reports, on present-day initiatives of carbon and the paths ahead.

From our chat with Jason F. McLennan, Green architect extraordinaire, whom we brought back for a FuturArc Interview ‘redux’, certifications or third-party standards that have “clear definitions, clear requirements and metrics, and then you have to prove that you’ve met them” help avoid carbon washing or confusion. “That’s why I like certifications to get around this issue and to have everyone speaking a similar language, and having accountability and transparency in claims that are made.”

Although, even before that, if we start from the point of ideation to reduce carbon (and embedded carbon) as much as possible—reuse, repurpose, reinterpret; draw power from renewable resources; and be fully responsible for the built form’s use—we could already be halfway there, by first having the right thoughts.

Candice Lim
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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