More than just a 3D version of CAD, BIM is a key technological innovation that can help Asia’s burgeoning architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector become more productive and sustainable, especially on large-scale commercial and infrastructure projects. […]

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Making Wood Last


Zirconwood is a form of thermally modified timber. First developed to improve the durability and performance of softwoods, it has recently been extended to boost the performance of hardwoods, allowing certain timbers to be used externally with no
additional protection. […]

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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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Cities for Tomorrow


On 21 January 2016, the final Arup forum of the Green Initiatives series, Building for Tomorrow, explored the forces hard at work shaping more positive visions for tomorrow. Titled “How do we turn cities of today into cities for tomorrow?”, it compared two complementary views—one from science and the other influenced by anthropology, to educate […]

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Urbanisation and sustainability—how to bring them together


On 21 January 2016, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce brought together three perspectives on sustainable buildings, including from an architect, a developer and an end user, sharing the various stages of their life cycles and impact on the environment. In modern metropolises like Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai, the balancing act between urbanisation and sustainability continues to be both a […]

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Tackling climate change — smart grid, energy codes and biodiesel


Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) organised a seminar on 23 January 2016 to gather speakers from diverse backgrounds to share their work on tackling climate change. The half-day seminar covered topics such as smart grid, biodiesel and the newly launched Building Energy Code 2015. About 100 practitioners attended the said event to keep abreast of […]

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Waste Management Asia 2016


The Asian Development Bank revealed astounding facts about waste management in Asia. With over 50 percent of the world’s population predicted to be living in the Asia-Pacific region by 2050, only about 10 percent of solid waste ends up in properly engineered and managed landfill sites. Moreover, most Asian towns and cities use open dumps. Such […]

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Ashui Awards 2015


The 2015 Ashui Awards ceremony was held on 14 January 2016 at Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel. This awards ceremony for architects and buildings has been organised annually since 2012. This year, Ashui Awards had two new categories: the Contractor and the Developer of the Year. The council selected official nominees in a voting process, which was held from 10 […]

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Nikken Sekkei announced as master planner for Singapore’s Rail Corridor


After shortlisting five design teams in an open first stage and following a rigorous evaluation process by the 12-member evaluation panel of experts led by Ng Lang, CEO of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Nikken Sekkei-led design team was announced as the master plan winner of the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP) for its second stage concept master […]

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