FuturArc’s Nov-Dec 2013 issue is now out

Marking Time | 2013 Year-End Issue

We are excited to present FuturArc’s very first year-end issue! To view sample pages, click here.

To align with the issue’s theme of marking time, we have compiled a series of look-back reports: two by Green building councils describing what they have been up to (one by World Green Building Council and another by Green Building Council Australia), and two by guest writers who look at Indonesia and Vietnam. These let you see the flow of things, how ideas in motion lead to outcomes. These reports, and the year-end issue, will be annual events now, much like our mid-year Green Awards issue. It makes our role as chief-scribe to Green Asia a bit more explicit.

Keeping with the spirit of looking back, FuturArc correspondent, Jalel Sager, catches up with David Gottfried, the co-founder of the US and World Green Building Councils. In the 90s, David helped launch what is perhaps the most influential rating tool in the market today: LEED. He talks about how and why it was conceived and how rating tools are a force for good, despite the many criticisms levelled at them.

Other projects in the issue—though not tied together by typology or theme—are some of the more interesting to come out of Asia lately. The FuturArc Showcase—Green Energy Laboratory in China—reveals a sophisticated climate-response strategy. Its double skin consists of a perforated external façade—looking highly crafted even though it is mostly prefabricated—and an inner, sealed envelope. The Tea House-Bamboo Courtyard, also in China, poses a similar duality except that here, the outer skin is fixed and made of rough-cut bamboo. Another interesting project is the Dai Lai Conference Hall in Vietnam, which uses bamboo as well, paired with natural stone and thatch roofing, all common to vernacular buildings of that region. All three projects speak of how Green might be embedded in local conditions, without surrendering the desire to be contemporary. Greening here is an act of reinvention, of applying what we know in new and different ways.

For all these stories and more, visit www.futurarc.com.

FuturArc Prize 2014 and FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2014 have already begun. Register and submit your entries now!

FuturArc Prize 2014
Want to change the world* with your ideas? Now you can!
Whether you are a professional or a student, we know you have something to share. Gather a team of up to five members, or register as an individual for this year’s FuturArc Prize 2014. This time, we are looking out for a new vision of water in the city. Come up with new typologies or rethink existing ones. Remember, the goal is in part sufficiency (therefore survival); it is also the well-being of settlements and the ecological systems that we depend on.

FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2014
So you’ve changed the world*? Tell us about it!
Have a project that has been/will be completed before 31st December 2013? Is your project innovative and ecologically responsible? We want to recognise your creativity and environmental stewardship! Register online now. Tell us which category your project falls into:
1) Residential – Individual
2) Residential – Multiple Houses
3) Commercial
4) Institutional
5) Interior
6) Socially-Inclusive Development (NEW!)
This competition is only open to Professionals.

*We are only able to accept project sites from Asia and Australia only. It’s a pretty big world, you see.

Closing date for online submissions: 20 December 2013.

Visit us at http://www.futurarc.com/prize2014 and http://futurarc.com/greenleadershipaward2014 for more details.

From now till 31 December 2013, there is also a new bundle promotion for 1-year subscription of FuturArc and a copy of Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture going at the price of SGD99. Find out morehere!

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