Jack Sim

AD: You have a number of personal achievements related to water use: back in 2004, you won Singapore’s first Green Plan award; you’re an Asia Development Bank Water Champion; a council member with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda for Water Security; TIME magazine’s Hero of the Environment—what do you want Green architects and designers […]

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Dr John Keung

NK: In your 11 years as CEO, what have been the most significant achievements? JK: The concept of sustainable development was put in place in Singapore decades ago. When it came to buildings, we introduced the Green Mark scheme which, though basic and preliminary, was a step in the right direction. With this, we started to look […]

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Dr Wolfgang Kessling


LM: From physics to climate engineering, can you briefly chart your trajectory of practice? WK: I studied nuclear physics until Chernobyl, the nuclear catastrophe that happened in Ukraine. In April 1986, I changed from nuclear physics to solar physics. This made me relook at energy sources and understanding the potential that solar energy holds. Thereafter, I […]

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Suhasini Ayer-Guigan


BJ: As a practitioner in the sphere of sustainable architecture that goes beyond just the built form, what do you think has changed in this field from the time you started your practice more than three decades ago? How has the perception of sustainability in architecture impacted the practice? SA: I finished architecture school in Delhi and […]

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Mike Guerrero


HS: Can you walk us through Green? MG: I have a simple definition of Green architecture: designing with nature. You go to the site and analyse the environment. What is the climate? What are the resources? What is the slope? Then you design accordingly. You avoid sunlight coming into the building from the west and east. You […]

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Chitra Vishwanath


BJ: You have been a practitioner and advocate for ecological architecture from the time you started your practice in 1991, which incidentally was the year India opened up to globalisation and had a huge impact on the architecture scenario in the country. Were you conscious of this shift while setting up your practice then? CV: It […]

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Bill Browning


NK: What motivated your work in Green buildings? And how did you get involved in biophilic design? BB: As a child I lived in Okinawa, Germany and the United States and experienced different ways of thinking about the built environment. I was most interested in architecture and nature. I went to the University of Colorado for […]

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Sigit Kusumawijaya


MK: You were born in Jakarta, grew up in Surabaya and internationally educated in the Netherlands. What prompted you to return to Indonesia to build your practice? SK: I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to intern under Andy Rahman, a famous Indonesian architect. Following the internship, I had to continue my studies and chose […]

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Harrison Fraker


JS: I would like to ask you first about your goals as a young architect and how the Center for Environmental Studies at Princeton, which I understand you helped set up around 1972, came about. HF: All of us were heavily influenced by Rachel Carson and the first Earth Day, the photograph of Earth from space, realising for the […]

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Michael Pawlyn


YM: How do you define biomimicry? MP: Biomimicry involves studying the way that functions are delivered in biology and then translating that understanding into a solution that suits human needs. It’s very distinct from biomorphic design, which is really about the forms and shapes that you find in nature and not much to do with the function. […]

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