Dr Emi Kiyota

Dr Emi Kiyota is an environmental gerontologist, consultant and organisational culture change specialist, with more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing person-centred care practice in long-term care facilities and hospitals globally. She holds great concern for the needs of elders in low-middle income countries—her contributions include a vast array of national and […]

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Dr Johannes Widodo

Lao Tze said, “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” What happens when you meet the guru of conservation and heritage to discuss the topic close to his heart? You gain some wisdom by removing common misconceptions of a subject thought to be old and staid. Far from […]

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Bryant Lu


A recent study has reported that Hong Kong has the best public transportation in the world.1 The worldwide ranking public transit sub-index based its findings on the volume of traffic, network density and infrastructure quality, while also including measures of how well cities are maintaining mass transit networks and number of commuters using them. “It’s […]

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Elisa Sutanudjaja


“Macet!”, meaning traffic jam, is an exclamation too often heard in Jakarta’s streets. It is no simple matter to unravel transportation issues in Indonesia’s most populous metropolis. Over 11 million people reside in the 660-square-kilometre land area, seeing an additional 7 million workers commuting from satellite cities each weekday. During peak hours, it is common […]

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Swati Janu


Swati Janu is Founder of Social Design Collaborative, a practice that combines architectural activism, community engagement, policy advocacy and design pedagogy. She is an architect, writer and community artist based in Delhi with an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from University of Oxford, UK. Swati was recently awarded the Moira Gemmill Prize in Emerging Architecture […]

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Practicality or Concept: Excerpts from FuturArc Prize 2022 Jury Meeting


This year, we conducted our first-ever virtual jury meeting for FuturArc Prize, where jurors* Anton Siura, Carlos Bañón, Daniel Lim and Quang Vu Linh had a candid dialogue on the top-scoring entries as well as their views on this cycle’s theme and advice for real-life applications. *) Kotchakorn Voraakhom was unable to make it for […]

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Wendy W. Fok


Talking to Wendy W. Fok feels easy even though the myriad topics discussed are not. She has a way of meeting you where you are when giving her extensive insight and knowledge, breaking down complex issues into ‘byte-sized’ information.  Aside from removing the marketing veil of trendy terms such as NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and seeing […]

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Toyo Ito


For someone as highly acclaimed and awarded as Toyo Ito—who is the recipient of The Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects; The 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu; The Pritzker Architecture Prize; The UIA Gold Medal, to name a few—one would think he might be hurried in his replies […]

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Jason F. McLennan


Love + Green Building: You and Me and the Beautiful Planet—the title of Jason F. McLennan’s children’s book encapsulates well the essence of what his work and passion are all about.  Although he is one of the world’s most influential and sought-after individuals in architecture and the Green building movement today, the multi-hyphenate recipient of […]

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James Shen


The Plugin House concept from People’s Architecture Office (PAO) started years ago as a pilot programme in Beijing, and has since expanded to other cities in China and now in the US. Several permutations and versions have developed over the years as an answer to communities’ call for solutions in the cities. Their expanding Plugin […]

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The FuturArc Interviews


Yasmeen Lari Kotchakorn Voraakhom Serina Hijjas Ganga Rathnayake Sonali Rastogi Ching-Hwa Chang Maria Warner Wong Writers’ Perspectives Assoc Prof Dr Zalina Shari I was among a few female Malaysian architecture students when my architectural journey began at the University of Humberside and Lincolnshire in the UK. But it took me until my practical training years […]

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Serina Hijjas


Serina Hijjas is perhaps one of the most dynamic women personalities on Malaysia’s sustainability front. Her internship with Foster + Partners in London had taught her the basic belief in technology, architecture, sustainability and collaborative thinking. Currently, she is Director of Hijjas Kasturi Associates, an architectural design firm founded four decades ago by her father, […]

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