Linox - stainless steel details and design

Saturday, December 06, 2014

"Linox Technology aims to be recognised as the world's leading designer and manufacturer of architectural stainless steel fittings for frameless glass systems; including canopies, balustrades, facades, pool fencing, frameless sliding doors, and other interior and exterior systems." to find out more...
Image via http://www.linox.com.au/frameless-glass-fin-facade-systems.php
Passage via http://www.linox.com.au/profile.php

Friday, December 05, 2014

Space within space created brilliantly for family and kids can indulged for hours in daily life. Huge natural ventilated space and recessed double layered skin for warmth to bedrooms. A cool design worth a mentioned here. To find out more...
Image via http://www.designboom.com/architecture/spacespace-ground-and-above-roof-house/

Sekeping Kong Heng

Sunday, November 30, 2014


A nice piece of rejuvenated work to the old building with new installation and reengineering at Ipoh, Perak Malaysia that I wanted to blog here. to find out more...
Image from http://seksan.com/kongheng.html

World Architecture 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2,000 architects, designers, clients and press converged at Moshe Safdie’s spectacular Marina Bay Sands Hotel for the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating, and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe. The festival culminated with the overall winners for World Building of the Year awarded to the Chapel- a21studio and Future Project of the Year awarded to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - 5468796 Architecture + number TEN architectural group. to find out more...

Image and text via https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

Surbana - think BIG

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Surbana is on facebook.
"Surbana International Consultants (Surbana) is a home-grown global consultancy company offering full-service urbanisation consultancy solutions, including architecture, engineering, quantity surveying, project and construction management, coastal engineering and infrastructure, urban planning, build..." to find out more...

Artlantis 5

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Artlantis 5 was released two weeks ago. to find out more...

CAADRIA 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Just completed a CAADRIA 2013 workshop for Grasshopper, Kangaroo conducted in NUS.
The fundamental concept of Grasshopper is to have a series of actions grouped with incorporated  parameters that can manipulate the form in Rhino.
It is quite an effective course, to learn it in a day. to find out more...
Image via http://www.grasshopper3d.com/photo/cs-design-variations-0-10?context=album&albumId=2985220%3AAlbum%3A844132

Archifest 2012 Rethink Singapore

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"This year's theme for Archifest is Rethink Singapore. To imagine a city of the future, old urban moulds must be shed and new definitions made. Archifest 2012 hopes to place our city under new light and through new lenses, rethinking and reframing Singapore as an urban ecosystem, beyond singular architectural projects. Through this month-long festival, we hope to engage different communities to step up, collaborate, participate and rethink the city. " to find out more... Passage via http://www.archifest.sg/rethink2/about

Cambridge Solar Tool

Sunday, October 07, 2012

MoDe Solar Tool from MoDe Studio on Vimeo.

"With a click, the Cambridge Solar Tool shows Cambridge residents, businesses, and property owners how much electricity can be produced on their rooftops from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, how the financial investment will pay off, and how much pollution will be reduced." to find out more...
Passage via http://www.cambridgema.gov/solar/

Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect Program

Friday, September 14, 2012

"Foreign architects are eligible to apply for an NCARB Certificate through the Broadly Experience Foreign Architect Program. The BEFA process requires establishment of an NCARB Record, preparation of a dossier to demonstrate experience, and a personal interview." to find out more...

Goettsch Partners Designs New Commercial Tower for Al Hilal Bank in Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) has designed the flagship commercial development for Al Hilal Bank in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, formerly known as Sowwah Island. The new speculative office tower is located in the Emirate’s developing new central business district, with direct access to three main island roads and the nearby Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Sowwah Square, the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange headquarters, and the Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel." to find out more...
Passage and Image via http://www.gpchicago.com/users/news_view.asp?FolderID=3088&NewsID=115
Related link: http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/goettsch_partners_designs_new_bank_tower_in_abu_dhabi/

Critical chain project management

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Something away from architecture but interestingly shared in a HDB talk last week of critical chain project management. The definition can be found wikipedia in below quote. This is an alternate effective project management compared with critical path:
"Critical chain project management (CCPM) is a method of planning and managing projects that puts the main emphasis on the resources required to execute project tasks. It was developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. This is in contrast to the more traditional critical path and PERT methods, which emphasize task order and rigid scheduling. A Critical Chain project network will tend to keep the resources levelly loaded, but will require them to be flexible in their start times and to quickly switch between tasks and task chains to keep the whole project on schedule." to find out more...
A youtube sharing here:

Shipping Container Homes – Stacking, Joining and Side Wall Modifications Video 13 of 15

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

"Easy to understand, practical, hands on advice and coaching for the Shipping Container Home Owner Builder guaranteed to save you time, money and stress." to find out more...
Passage and Image via http://www.containerhome.info/side-wall-modifications.html

Rieteiland House

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Envisioned by Amsterdam-based studio Hans van Heeswijk Architecten, Rieteiland House and is a 2,900 square foot, three story home especially developed for the van Heeswijk family. The residence was constructed in a peaceful setting, on the island of IJburg, near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands." to find out more...
Passage and Image via http://freshome.com/2012/03/23/modern-family-home-in-the-outskirts-of-amsterdam-rieteiland-house/

Sunday, May 20, 2012

'The 48-hours online BIM (Building Information Modelling) Competition 2012 is organised by the Building and Construction Authority, in conjunction with the Singapore Construction Productivity Week 2012 . Both the industry and education categories are open to all Singapore registered building & construction related firms and the institutes of higher learning, with NOT more than 10 members in each participating team (including the team leader). All the participating teams will be competing with one another on a virtual environment."to find out more...
Passage via http://sgbimcompetition.com/about/ 
Image via http://sgbimcompetition.com/teams/industry-architecture/information/ 

2012 Pritzker Prize: Wang Shu

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Wang Shu, Chinese architect and founder of Amateur Architecture Studio, has been just announced as the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Prize." to find out more...Passage and Image via http://www.archdaily.com/211941/2012-pritzker-prize-wang-shu/
Related links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WM71gG8tCXo
http://www.chinese-architects.com/en/amateur/en/
http://www.pritzkerprize.com/laureates/2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPMYSEWij4A&feature=related

buildingSMART Singapore

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"buildingSMART Singapore is a non-profit alliance of the building industry including: architects, engineers, contractors, building owners and facility managers, software vendors, government agencies and universities. Its mission is to integrate the AEC/FM industry by specifying Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) as a universal language to improve the communication, productivity, delivery time, cost, and quality throughout the design, construction, operation and maintenance life cycle of buildings." to find out more...
Passage via http://www.buildingsmartsingapore.org/about-us.htm

National Board of Architectural Accreditation (NBAA)

"National Board of Architectural Accreditation of China (NBAA), established in 1990, is an expert authority in charge of the organization and implementation of the architectural accreditation at the university level in the mainland of China. It was jointly initiated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Ministry of Education and the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council, operates and coordinates with the National Administration Board of Architectural Registration (NABAR), who is the authority in charge of the examination and registration of the First Class Registered Architect. NBAA is composed of 23-25 experts, of which half are from educational background and half are from practice background. The Architectural Society of China has an ex officio seat in NBAA. The architectural accreditation in China mainland started in 1992. Up to May 2008, the architectural programs from 38 universities passed the accreditation, such as Tsinghua University and Tongji University. Among them, 37 are undergraduate programs and 20 are graduate programs." to find out more...
http://www.canberraaccord.org/signatoriespublic/China.aspx

Lumion 2.2 - Changing the architectural visualization industry

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lumion® Pro has just been launched and the entire Lumion® product range has been updated to version 2.2. Lumion® Pro is the new top of the line version of Lumion® and includes additional features that are ideally suited for professional visualization studio environments. to find out more... Passage from Lumion

Villa Amanzi by Original Vision

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

"Nestled in a cascading, west facing ravine with a dramatic slab of rock defining the northern edge and a stunning outlook over the azure blue of the Andaman Sea to the south, our commission; to do this demanding but ultimately spectacular site justice, was both daunting and exciting." to find out more... Passage and Image via http://www.contemporist.com/2012/04/29/villa-amanzi-by-original-vision/
Related Link http://www.original-vision.com/

World Architecture Festival 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

From 3-5 October 2012,Singapore Marina Bay Sands will be hosting the World Architecture Festival!


"World Architecture Festival is the world's largest, live, truly inclusive and interactive global architectural awards programme. It is a unique meeting point for architects, suppliers and clients, attracting hundreds of entries and visitors from all over the world. 
...
www.worldbuildingsdirectory.com is fast becoming the largest library of international projects - every single entry to the WAF Awards is kept online for future reference." to find out more...

Passage via http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/visitor_costs.cfm

KKA BUILDS PASSIVE HOUSES IN MALM

Monday, April 16, 2012

"In 2009 Kjellgren Kaminsky won first prize in an open competition to build four passive house apartments in Vהstra Hamnen, Malmצ, Sweden. Now the project is inagurated. 
The design takes the Vהstra Hamnen city plan as a starting point. Being the site for the Swedish housing fair in 2001 the building regulations stipulate diversity of function, lush greenery and front line ecological solutions. This is the last site of the area to be developed. Our winning proposal includes 4 apartments built with passive house technology. Architecturally the aim was to create a small scale and diverse formal language, in harmony with both the surrounding houses and the future tenants."to find out more...
Passage from Joakim and Fredrik
Image via 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjellgren_kaminsky_architecture/sets/72157629744593117/ Related links:
http://www.kjellgrenkaminsky.se 
http://www.supersustainablecity.blogspot.com

Autodesk’s 2013 Product Launch and AEC Portfolio

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"It is that time of the year that Autodesk typically launches its next release of products, and this year was no exception—Autodesk has just released its 2013 product portfolio. This includes new releases of applications across all the three main industries it serves, including AEC (which includes buildings as well as infrastructure), manufacturing, and M&E (media and entertainment). This AECbytes newsletter provides an overview of the overall 2013 release and then takes a deeper dive into the more AEC industry-specific details that were shared.
Needless to say, with the commanding lead that Autodesk has over competing products, at least in the AEC industry, interest in every new release is always very high, and Autodesk users are eager to know what to expect. Let’s see if the 2013 release holds any surprises, or is comprised more of routine enhancements rather than dramatic changes." to find out more...
Passage via http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2012/issue_56.html
Related links:
http://aecbytes.com/blog/2012/04/11/autodesk-2013-product-launch-and-aec-portfolio/

How Green Building Studio Works

Friday, April 06, 2012

"Autodesk Green Building Studio is a web-based service that provides building energy and carbon analysis results of your project. Green Building Studio interoperates with Revit® Architecture and Revit® MEP software, as well as other compatible energy-analysis software via add-ins that are available for download from the Green Building Studio downloads page. The computationally intensive hourly simulations are carried out on remote servers, and the results are provided to you in a web browser.
The Green Building Studio web-based service analysis process collects data from three sources:

  1. Your Revit® software model. All the building geometry comes from your model, including the number of rooms, the connections between rooms, and their relationship to the exterior, exposure, and aspect to the sun; and the shape and total area of built surfaces or openings. If you are using Revit MEP you can also specify space types, interior loads, constructions, and HVAC equipment.
  2. Your responses to a few basic questions. In order to explain the building’s use or context, you specify a building type and enter the project geographical location. You can also select a weather station for the project.
  3. Regionalized databases. Based on the above information, Green Building Studio extracts additional information about local weather conditions, construction, and materials. The service automatically adds any information you have not provided in order to adapt to your requirements as your design evolves.
Green Building Studio relies on an extensive and continually updated database of building constructions, schedules and equipment to supply the assumptions needed to perform whole building energy analysis. You can view these assumptions in the Building Assumptions and Details section of the Energy and Carbon Results for a given simulation. You can modify the assumptions in the Design Alternatives or Project Defaults page." to find out more...

Passage via http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Green_Building_Studio/enu/2012/Help/0000-Welcome0/0001-How_Gree1

Related links:
http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Green_Building_Studio/enu/2012/Help/0003-Getting_3/0004-Using_Gr4#GUID-AE6EF2CC-D09B-4017-981D-DA1EF0CE347A
http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Green_Building_Studio/enu/2012/Help/0013-Projects13/0016-Creating16/0017-Creating17

Production Thinking Architecture

Monday, March 19, 2012

"Prefabrication is said to be the oldest new idea in construction. But it is no wonder that it continues to pervade as an ideal. The construction industry is fraught with litigation, inefficiency and waste. The design and construction of buildings are separate acts that are delineated contractually and legally identified and observed. Arguably, the divide between design and production has resulted in increased schedule delays and cost, and a diminished building quality and sustainability because the conception (architecture), optimization (engineering) and production (construction) are not integrated. In response to this inefficiency, prefabrication and modularization emerge and remerge as ideal methods of efficient production." to find out more...
Image and Passage via by Ryan E. Smith / July 19, 2011, via http://www.architects.org/news/production-thinking-architecture

The Red Sun Pavillion

Saturday, March 10, 2012

"By opening my eyes... where am I?
In England.  In London.  In Hyde Park.  English parks are a characteristic of English towns and cities.  Expanses of lawn for all to enjoy.  Meadows, really, of neatly-mown grass.  Mostly flat, with trees and shrubs randomly dotted as though they had always been there, not something anyone really thought of.  You can feel the city all around, as though it too had always been there.  Most of the trees are deciduous; the seasons clearly proclaimed.  From time to time a construction appears in this vast urban calm, a road or a path, occasionally a pond or a stream...
One wonders why such simple urban parks, these immense vacuities, are so rarely seen in other countries.  Such a semblance of nothing is no small feat... leaving this huge, empty space open for all.  One imagines the energy it must have taken to protect it.  The constant care that must go into its maintenance, to keep the grass at just the right height, the trees in perfect health, so that everyone might stroll through this peaceful space and feel they are at home, in their city, in their park, the most natural thing in the world.  So that whatever my mood, my desire for exteriority, alone, as a couple, with family or friends, whatever my age, the idea of spending a few minutes or a few hours in Hyde Park remains a peaceful temptation." to find out more..
Image via http://adrianharveyphotography.com/2011/09/02/red-sun-pavillion-hyde-park-london-2010/
Passage via http://www.jeannouvel.com/english/preloader.html

Nanjing SiFang Art Museum

Saturday, March 03, 2012

"The new museum is sited at the gateway to the Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in the lush green landscape of the Pearl Spring near Nanjing, China. The museum explores the shifting viewpoints, layers of space, expanses of mist and water, which characterize the deep alternating spatial mysteries of the composition of Chinese painting. The museum is formed by a "field" of parallel perspective spaces and garden walls in black bamboo-formed concrete over which a light "figure" hovers. The straight passages on the ground level gradually turn into the winding passage of the figure above. The upper gallery, suspended high in the air, unwraps in a clockwise turning sequence and culminates at "in-position" viewing of the city of Nanjing in the distance. This visual axis creates a linkage back to the great Ming Dynasty capital city." to find out more...
Passage and Image via http://www.stevenholl.com/project-detail.php?type=&id=56&page=0

Unit Fusion by Y Design Office

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Under rapid housing developments in the past years, Hong Kong has benefited much in terms of economy. However, important values such as value in sense of community and individual identity were lost. This thesis hereby critically reviews current and past housing projects in Hong Kong and stating the notion of verticality as the only solution. The ambition is a new alternative high-rise residential typology, in which its inhabitants are given unique units and allocations in accordance to specific zoning strategy within a tower structure, thus creating a phenomenal living experience through bonding and acquiring needs by each and every single individual. It is a re-interpretation of the balance between genericity and specificity aiming at formulating an extraordinary democratic living concept." to find out more...
Passage and Image via http://ynotwhy.com/?p=587

DesignIntelligence

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"DesignIntelligence is the Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly report on the future, delivering original research, insightful commentary, and instructive best practices. Design leaders rely on DesignIntelligence to deliver insight about emerging trends and management practices, allowing them to make their organization a better managed, more financially successful enterprise." to find out more...
Passage via http://www.di.net/about/

Canberra Accord on Architectural Education Ratifie

Friday, February 24, 2012

"Accreditation and validation agencies from Australia, Canada, China, Korea, Mexico, the United States, and the Commonwealth Association of Architects announce the ratification of an Accord declaring substantial equivalency of professional degrees in architecture covered by their accreditation/validation systems." to find out more... 
Passage via http://www.comarchitect.org/news.asp

Vertical Cities Asia

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"The exhibition of “Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition: Everyone Needs Fresh Air” will be held at The URA Centre from 2 February to 2 March, 2012." to find out more...
Passage and Image via http://www.verticalcitiesasia.com/
Related links:
http://newshub.nus.edu.sg/headlines/0711/wff2_12Jul11.php

http://www.worldcities.com.sg/ 
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