Singapore International BIM Competition (IBC) 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

IBC 2017 is open for registration with the theme on Computational Design, Analysis and Optimisation for ‘Design for Manufacturing and Assembly’ (DfMA). You may complete the registration form and email to !
Please refer to competition details for IBC 2017 released below links:
+ International BIM Competition 2017 Design Brief
+ 4nos A1 ppt Template and Presentation Guide
+ 20 pages A4 ppt Template and Presentation Guide
+ 10 pages A4 Report Template and Presentation Guide

Digital architecture

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Conventionally, we draw the layout, create massing model, refine the model, detailed it, export for fabrication.

Now, we are creating designs through procedural, rule-based approach, organizing our thoughts into logics and processes for scripting or codes and allowing the computer to generate the designs and forms with iteration following with scripting refining to tune the form and repeat the process for improvement.

I had seen this during my school days back in 2001 and the school teachers can't accept them.
Now, I need to learn that, 15years later.
  • Python / C++
  • Dynamo-Revit
  • Grasshopper-Rhino
  • Houdini
  • AECOsim-Generative Component

Digitizing the entire value chain in Building Industry

Sunday, October 30, 2016

In 1760 there were steam engine technology and industry revolution that changed the entire process, production and work method. 250 years later, we have digital platforms and cloud based construction approach that is happening so fast that the matured generations are finding ways to adapt with the pace of the change.

Rich data stored in microchips; design translated into scripts through visual programming, process automated by cloud based servers; construction with manufacturing approach with on-site installation and offsite assembling by robots and construction progress managed by augmented reality and drones! These are just simply amazing development embraced by the building industry.

From Form follows Function to Performance and now - Form follows Data!

New technologies, materials and strategic method with new business model in architecture happens sooner that we can adopt and adapt. Architectural design engaging artificial intelligence (AI) with robotic approach is already happening!

Design, process and construction output can be digitized with automated rule-based approach and optimized with well coordinated and collaborated among different disciplines. It is also cloud based support without having time, location, space and production constraints. Not only raising productivity, efficiency and effectiveness but a new paradigm of architecture with engagement of artificial intelligence.

Time as 4D, Cost as 5D, Facility Management as 6D, Sustainability as 7D and what is the next 8D?
I should presume Robotic Process as 8D.

These might sound too far advance to the ground workers but the industry is moving ahead to digitized construction approach.

We are going into the digital construction paradigm now!

I am really excited over the new technologies applied for the construction industry with Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 3D printings, DfMA offsite construction, Drones, Computational BIM and all the Construction Digitization approach now!

Some interesting findings here:

Relearning Design with Data and Visual Programming

Thursday, September 01, 2016

I believe the coming waves in architecture are the technology change and convergence with the manufacture and IT's advance approach, with ease of communicating via Cloud/Web platform, data capture through digital scanning and designing through Visual Programming or Coding approach with
The technology advancement is growing so rapid, instant learning with instant application is the abilities we need with the exploded information available online.

Some useful links here for the new tools:

Virtual Reality with Unreal Engine 4

Friday, April 08, 2016

"Unreal Engine 4 is a complete suite of game development tools made by game developers, for game developers. From 2D mobile games to console blockbusters and VR, Unreal Engine 4 gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow and stand out from the crowd." to find out more...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Multiplicity with modularity. Marvellous prefab architecture by nArchitects. to find out more...
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Guide on Construction of Industrial Developments in Singapore

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A very useful guide co-published by I. Building & Construction Authority (BCA) II. Economic Development Board (EDB) III. Energy Market Authority (EMA) IV. JTC Corporation V. National Environment Agency (NEA) VI. Public Utilities Board (PUB) VII. Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) VIII. Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). To find out more...
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Inside the Designer's Studio with Ken Yeang

Monday, January 19, 2015

As I am still on my way to become a registered architect, I can't agree more with this statement: "Fighting frequent and unexpected crises just gives additional stress to the poor architect’s life." and I can't stop either. Dr. Ken Yeang has given his view over the daily delivery-intensive in the talk with Prof. Jason Pomeroy to find out more...
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Capsule Hotel by Tatewowe Atelier

Friday, January 16, 2015

"tetawowe atelier is a young and dynamic design firm specialises in object making. Current projects includes a restaurant in Ipoh, a museum for indigeneous people in Johor and a short film titled as the acrobats." to find out more...
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Compact House by Matt Kirkpatrick

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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Living Small - Tiny House Documentary

Very nice documentary over another self made tiny house. to find out more...

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Small Home - Big Picture

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Cube Project, another fascinating home that can be physically built by yourself within a week. to find out more...
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Box Home by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Saturday, January 03, 2015

A decent small project by Finnish architect Sami Rintala to offer a feasible solution to affordable nano house in Oslo, Norway. I am wondering how the dwelling unit is doing now after 7 years. to find out more...
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Thursday, January 01, 2015

“Architecture is a discipline that combines ideas of habitation with material organisation, and the architect is necessarily a producer of both intellectual and material goods. The etymology of architect as master-builder, makes clear the role of making as fundamental knowledge of architecture. PRODUCE is the attempt at reintroducing making and fabrication as an inseparable part of our work.” to find out more...
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Lego Architecture Studio

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I think it would very helpful for form studies but the site plays an important role. Therefore, Lego should think of the landscape side as well. The trees are crucial elements in architectural design!

Relevant links here:
Lego architecture studio pdf
Can Lego architecture actually be useful?
Lego targets architects with monochrome building set
Lego's New Architecture Studio Fails to think outside the Blocks

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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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...


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...
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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

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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