CIDB’s Inaugural QLASSIC Day 2015

On 30 November, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia dedicated a day to Quality Assessment System in Construction (QLASSIC) to honour developers and contractors who scored highly during assessment in 2014. QLASSIC is an assessment system that measures and evaluates the workmanship quality of a building’s construction work based on the country’s construction industry standard […]

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World Class Sustainable Cities 2015

More than 500 participants and over 20 government ministries and local councils from across Malaysia gathered at the 7th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2015 (WCSC 2015) held at The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 29 September 2015. With the theme Urban Regeneration Through Smart Partnerships, the conference brought together stakeholders, developers, […]

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World Architecture Festival 2015


The eighth World Architecture Festival (WAF) took place from 4 to 6 November and gathered more than 2,000 architects and designers at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. With over 700 entries, 338 shortlisted projects from 47 countries vied for 31 award categories. This year’s jury included Manuelle Gautrand, founding partner, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture; Sou Fujimoto, principal […]

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WorldGBC Congress 2015 Hong Kong


With the theme Thinking Beyond: Pathway to Future Sustainable CityDevelopment, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) concluded its two-day main conference of the WorldGBC Congress 2015 Hong Kong (Congress 2015) on 30 October. With more than 400 government officials, industry leaders and practitioners from over 30 countries who […]

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NUS establishes Centre for Integrated Building Energy and Sustainability in the Tropics


The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) School of Design and Environment inaugurated on 19 November the Centre for Integrated building Energy and Sustainability in the Tropics (CiBEST) to develop cutting-edge expertise in designing energy-efficient and sustainable buildings in the tropical climate. Dr Teo Ho Pin, mayor of North West District, graced the inauguration and MoU […]

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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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Kki Sweets and The Little Dröm Store


DRAWING PARALLELS The two brands—Kki Sweets and The Little Dröm Store—share a storefront at the School of the Arts (SOTA) building in Singapore. Although the design brief was simple—they need to retain their distinctive identities while not looking like two completely separate entities—the main challenge was to create something that would meet the standard of […]

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The Old Block at Ipoh


Although once Malaysia’s richest city, Ipoh glory days have long since passed. With the end of the tin mining industry boom, families and businesses had moved out of Old Town, leaving only traditional trades run mainly by senior citizens. Without the UNESCO World Heritage status enjoyed by Malacca and Penang, a sure tourist draw, Ipoh […]

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Automobile Design Studio


LOCAL INSPIRATION The client wanted to create a cutting-edge design studio where the designers would style their latest vehicles, and which needs to have an emotive quality that could energise and inspire thoughts; while modern, it should also maintain a sense of its origins. Nestled amongst similar contiguous sheds with lush greenery amidst a concrete […]

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Shops in a Park


The western suburb of Kunshan, a booming industrial city next to Shanghai, is bounded by Lake Yangcheng. The city established a park to avoid the entire lakeshore from being encroached upon by a high-end home development. With an area of 42.5 hectares, Lake Yangcheng Park is the largest Green public space on the shore and […]

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