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
3Q 2022: GREEN AWARDS | REINTERPRETATION
MAIN FEATURE
FuturArc Prize 2022: Reinterpretation Jury Panel & Comments

FUTURARC PRIZE (FAP) 2022 WINNERS
First Place | A Chronographic Blueprint:
Reinstating the Valley of Hope

Second Place | Biodivercity: A Story of Flight
Third Place | Revival Waste: Propagating Permaculture

MERITS
FluxToActive
Footsteps of Imagination
Agropolis
Wastefilter
Touch of Change
Low Garden
San Chung


FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Excerpts from FuturArc Prize 2022 Jury Meeting
Round-Table Discussion with FuturArc Prize 2022 Jurors

SHOWCASE
Ragunan Bio Park: A Nature-based update of Indonesia’s oldest zoo

COMMENTARY
And Now the Real World

HAPPENINGS
FAP 2022: Young talents awarded at BCIAA
FuturArc Exchange and Exhibitions (FEX) | 3Q 2022
Actionable steps for Malaysia’s building industry
Products


Previous issues:
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


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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