Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."
“Right now (the industry is) setting targets of 30 to 40 per cent reduction in energy savings from the current business as usual. I think that’s just not enough. I am for net zero,” he says. [...]
“The time scale between what we know can be done and should be done, and when the technology and processes become the norm, needs to be shortened. Currently it takes about 10 to 15 years.”
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Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future
Airbus appears to be serious about its "Vahana" project, aimed at creating an autonomous passenger drone network, and thinks testing can begin as early as 2017. [...]
Airbus is also working on a drone delivery service [...] and plans to start testing it at a Singapore university by mid-2017. The cargo-laden vehicles fly automated routes in "aerial corridors," then drop them off and send delivery notifications to customers.
Airbus engineers are dreaming up no small endeavor as laid out in the company's Future of Urban Mobility vision:"Imagine landing at a major international airport after a long flight in an A380. Instead of suffering through a 90-minute taxi ride in the megacity’s gridlocked traffic, you hop into... View full entry
Scientists develop a flexible concrete that is stronger than traditional mixtures
Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have invented a new type of concrete that is flexible yet stronger than traditional concrete. Named ConFlexPave, the concrete "allows the creation of slim precast pavement slabs for quick installation, thus halving the time needed for... View full entry
World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year
[nuTonomy's] Level 4 autonomous vehicle "is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip;" all you have to do is provide a destination and (possibly) open and shut the doors.
Google's autonomous cars, in contrast, are currently at Level 3, with limited self-driving automation [...]
[nuTonomy] is building into [its] decision-making engine the ability for cars to actually violate the rules of the road when it's necessary to do so
More from the autonomous vehicle beat:The "Impossible" Car – Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17"In LiDAR We Trust" – Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43This startup hopes to bring autonomous... View full entry
Take a peek inside the mesmerizing Hotel Hotel, the 2015 World Interior of the Year
Floating fragmented pieces of reclaimed timber energize the lobby space of the charmingly named Hotel Hotel, located in the blossoming precinct of NewActon in Canberra, Australia. Designed by Australian practice March Studio, the hotel was recently named World Interior of the Year at the INSIDE... View full entry
Who will win World Building of the Year? World Architecture Festival 2015 continues with announcement of Day 2 winners
Day Two of the World Architecture Festival Awards 2015 in Singapore just concluded with the announcement of 14 more category winners in the Completed Buildings and Future Projects sections. There's no surprise that these projects are as competitive as the Day 1 winners. All the WAF Awards winners... View full entry
Get a glimpse of the first set of World Architecture Festival 2015 winners
The 2015 World Architecture Festival is back at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands in Singapore once again. During the two-day event, which started today and concludes on November 6, attendees get to witness the competition unfold before their eyes as they watch architecture teams from... View full entry
The World Architecture Festival + INSIDE live competitions return to Marina Bay Sands this November
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is preparing for another eventful year at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on November 4-6. Architects, designers, and clients from around the world gather to witness the happenings of the live architecture competition and form... View full entry
Award entries for the World Architecture Festival close this Friday
The entry deadline for all WAF entries is this Friday. Submit your completed or future projects in to one or more of the 31 categories open for entries. Entry Deadline: Friday May 22Cost to enter: $930 USD per entryEnter nowWhy enter?WAF and INSIDE finalists will receive more exposure and media... View full entry
Sir Peter Cook, Sou Fujimoto and Benedetta Tagliabue – announcing the first of WAF's 70 strong jury
The WAF awards are unique and are the only awards to enter if you want to receive critical feedback in person from our international jurors.Be part of the world’s largest live crit. All shortlisted entrants present live at World Architecture Festival in Singapore in front of respected critics... View full entry
The ‘Oscars of architecture’: World Architecture Festival opens call for entries
The annual World Architecture Festival Awards, the ‘Oscars of architecture’, is now open for entries. The awards will be celebrated at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore this November, following three days of intensive live presentations and judging.Entries are now invited from... View full entry
Look inside Heatherwick Studio's newly opened Learning Hub at NTU Singapore
After Heatherwick Studio won the competition to design the Learning Hub at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the cocoon-like building finally opened its doors this week. Alongside Heatherwick Studio, CPG Consultants worked as the Lead Architect and Sustainability Consultant for... View full entry
Sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and secular(ism)
To make matters more turbid, the nightmare of coastal reclamation occupies an imaginary and regulatory space created by several misunderstandings about territory itself. These become urgent against both the backdrop of our “oceanic” moment and the apparent dissolution of that idyll of 19th- and 20th-century geopolitical thought, the grounded state.
— Harvard Design Magazine
Joshua Comaroff writes about contemporary sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and secular(ism). View full entry
Singapore's Sterile Authoritarianism
Day-to-day life [in Singapore] is famously governed by a series of rules that maintain this clean, well-ordered city. The import of chewing gum is banned, therefore globs of the stuff aren’t found on the street. There are fines for irritating people with a musical instrument or your own drunkenness... The result is a low-crime, scrupulously run city – with none of the incomprehensible, exciting chaos of cities found in neighbouring Indonesia or Malaysia.
— the Guardian
Second set of winners announced for INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors 2014
Starting out with 60 shortlisted nominees across nine categories, the final four category winners of the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors 2014 were announced in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The INSIDE awards competition -- which highlights the very best in the international interior design scene -- will conclude with one interior design project winning the top award, World Interior of the Year 2014.
Here's a glimpse at the second set of INSIDE winners:Above - CATEGORY WINNER, Education and Health: Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University by CRAB studioCATEGORY WINNER, Civic, Culture and Transport: CINE TIMES by One Plus Partnership LimitedCATEGORY WINNER, Offices: The Barbarian Group... View full entry