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ConstructionPlusAsia News: MTR wins Macau light rail contract

MTR Corporation Ltd (MTRCL) will operate and manage Macau’s first light rail system, worth about HK$5.71 billion, as reported by The Standard.

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FuturArc Prize 2018 | Top Accolades for Asia’s Leading Green Building Design Competition

Currently in its 11th year, FuturArc Prize—Asia’s leading Green building design competition—has been established as a renowned platform where international professionals and students present their creative ideas. Six winning designs have been selected this year for their take on a biophilic Asian city.

FuturArc Prize 2018 invited entrants to imagine a city of biophilic delight; to investigate what is ‘nature’ when it is an integral part of a city.
They are tasked to make a case for how an Asian city might become (like) a forest—one that connects inhabitants to nature; restores ecosystem services; affects the form and shape of buildings and the network of streets and parks; and in the process, creates a new kind of urban ecology.

An independent panel of international jurors sat through a thorough review process and selected a total of six winning teams (three from the Professional category; three from the Student category) and nine merit recipients (in teams).

Below are the winners and merit recipients at a glance:

WINNERS

MERIT

PRIZES

FuturArc Prize 2018 is supported by:

• Platinum Sponsor BASF
• Gold Sponsor Phuc Khang Corporation (Vietnam)

Aside from the above, the winning teams will each receive a specially designed FuturArc Prize trophy. The winning entries are also published in the May-June 2018 FuturArc Green Awards Issue and on FuturArc website.

Dr Nirmal Kishnani, Jury Chair for this year’s panel, commended, “FuturArc Prize (FAP) illustrates what we would like to do in the name of Green, were constraints lifted. In the world we imagine, the brief for FAP this year asked for ideas for a biophilic city. The jury saw more than layers of blue and green overlaid onto the grey of buildings and roads. Proximity to nature, in Asia, is linked to perceptions of culture and memory. We saw a peeling back of urban layers, new layers overlaid and existing layers moved. The deconstruction of the city was a critique of how we imagine cities today, where nature and the city have hard edges and give limited attention to place.”

The winners and merit recipients will be officially announced and awarded at the BCI Asia Awards 2018, a gala event that honours the region’s top architects and building professionals held in seven Asian countries: Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

For media enquiries on FuturArc Prize, please contact:
Candice Lim
Managing Editor – FuturArc
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: c.lim@futurarc.com
t: +65 6536 7197

For high-resolution images of the winning FuturArc Prize entries, please request from:
Carissa Kwok
Assistant Editor – FuturArc
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: c.kwok@futurarc.com
t: +65 6536 7197

For media enquiries on BCI Asia Awards 2018 event, please contact:
Lim Pooi Yin
Research Quality Consultant
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: py.lim@bciasia.com
t: +65 6536 7197

 ABOUT FUTURARC PRIZE 2018

The FuturArc Prize was launched in 2007 by the BCI Group of Companies through its publication arm, FuturArc Journal, to generate forward-thinking, innovative design ideas for Asia. The Competition has two objectives: first, to create a platform for talented individuals—professionals and students—who are keen on environmental issues; second, to encourage the construction industry as a whole to move towards sustainable design.

FuturArc Prize 2018 is jointly supported by the following leading organisations at the forefront of sustainability:

• Hong Kong Green Building Council
• Malaysia Green Building Confederation
• Thai Green Building Institute
• Hong Kong Construction Materials Association Limited
• The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
• Tạp chí Kiến trúc
• Ethos India
• BEAM Society
• Waste Management Association of Malaysia
• United Architects of the Philippines, Singapore Chapter
• ASHUI.com
• Royal Institute of British Architects, Hong Kong Chapter
• Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia

 FuturArc Prize 2018 Jury Panel

Jury Chair | NIRMAL KISHNANI, PhD, is editor-in-chief of FuturArc Journal and resident jury chair of FuturArc competitions. He is an advocate, educator and practitioner in the field of Green building design, presently with the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he holds the appointment of assistant dean and programme director. He has lectured and written widely on the subject of the Greening process. Since 2002—when he founded one of the first dedicated Green design consultancy operating in Asia—he has been involved in landmark projects in the region including the Asian Development Bank, Manila, and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Dr Kishnani sits on several advisory panels in Southeast Asia; he is active in the development of policy instruments and capacity building in the Green building sector. Dr Kishnani is author of the 2012 FuturArc publication, Greening Asia – Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture.

Jury | ASSOC PROF DR ZALINA SHARI (Malaysia) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Design and Architecture (FRSB), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She received her PhD in Architecture (specialising in building sustainability assessment) in 2011 from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. With this expertise, she has been teaching sustainability-related courses for the Master of Architecture programme in UPM. Dr Shari also shares her knowledge and expertise on sustainability issues and different Green building rating tools with government and non-government agencies, as well as at educational events and programmes. To date, she has published 60 book chapters and academic articles. She is a member of editorial boards for several international journals, as well as author and national correspondent for FuturArc Journal. She was the chairman of two national sustainable building related conferences in 2012 and 2015 and currently chairs the 2nd Malaysia University-Industry Green Building Collaboration Symposium (MU-IGBC 2018). She has been serving as a board member of the Malaysia Green Building Confederation since 2014, and currently chairs the Research Committee. For her academic achievements, she was awarded The Best Academician for the Category of Teaching by FRSB in 2016 and 2017 and the finalist for the Vice Chancellor Fellowship Award for the Category of Teaching by UPM in 2017.

Jury | FLORIAN HEINZELMANN (Indonesia) received his Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) degree in Architecture from Munich University of Applied Sciences and a Diploma from the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam. He was working for UNStudio, Amsterdam on several projects, most notably, as the project leader for the Fraunhofer Institute – Center of Virtual Engineering (ZVE) in Stuttgart. The building received a Gold certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council DGNB. He was also a member of the UNStudio Sustainable Buildings knowledge group. In 2009, he started as a researcher at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and begun his PhD research on Adaptive Daylight Systems in large roofs under Prof Dr-Ing Patrick Teuffel. During that time, he was also the project manager/leader of the Solar Decathlon 2012 team as well as tutoring Master students. Afterwards, he joined Patrick Teuffel at TU Eindhoven. Also in 2009, together with Tobias Hofmann and Daliana Suryawinta, he set up their office SHAU, with current locations in Passau, Germany and Bandung, Indonesia. SHAU won several awards e.g., Architizer A+Awards for their Microlibrary Bima and American Architecture Price Small Firm of the Year in Sustainable Architecture. Florian received several study and research grants and is regularly lecturing at universities, speaking in conferences, as well as publishing research papers and articles.

 FuturArc Prize Promoter

FuturArc Journal is the competition organiser. Published bimonthly, the Journal is the region’s leading voice in sustainable architecture and design as it recognises the impact of buildings on society and the environment. FuturArc promotes architecture that demonstrates creativity and social and environmental responsibility. For more information on the magazine, visit www.futurarc.com. The Competition Registrar is BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the BCI Group of Companies.

FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2018 | Top Honours Awarded

In its eighth year running, FuturArc Green Leadership Award (FGLA) is bestowing awards to nine outstanding Green projects from five countries in Asia—Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. The competition recognises the teams behind Green built projects that have demonstrated the best in architectural innovation and environmental stewardship in the region.

An independent panel of international jurors sat through a thorough review process and selected a total of nine winners and four merit recipients. Below are the winning projects at a glance:

1. Commercial | Factory In The Forest (Malaysia) By Project Team:

2. Commercial | Atlas Hotel (Vietnam) By Project Team:

3. Commercial | The Lantern-Nanoco Gallery (Vietnam) By Project Team:

4. Residential – Individual Houses | Woodification (Indonesia) By Project Team:

5. Residential – Individual Houses | Maison T (Vietnam) By Project Team:

6. Residential – Multiple Houses | Wah Ha Estate (Hong Kong) By Project Team:

7. Institutional | The British School (India) By Project Team:

8. Institutional | Institute of Integrated Learning in Management, Greater Noida (India) By Project Team:

9. Socially-Inclusive Development | Be Friendly Space (Vietnam) By Project Team:

FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2018 is supported by Platinum Sponsor Schüco.

The winning teams will each receive a specially designed FuturArc Green Leadership Award trophy and a 2-year complimentary subscription to FuturArc magazine. Winning projects are published in the May-June 2018 FuturArc Green Awards Issue and on FuturArc website.

Dr Nirmal Kishnani, Jury Chair for this year’s panel, commended,
“We saw a strong interest in materiality and climate as elements that give rise to an architecture rooted in ‘place’ with lower environmental impact. Could ‘impact’ have been clearer? Yes. Architects are perhaps uncomfortable assigning numbers to their work and so the jury is left with statements of intent and images from which to infer outcomes. We hope that next year, qualitative and quantitative outcomes will be equally explicit.”

The winners and merit recipients will be officially announced and awarded at the BCI Asia Awards 2018, a gala event that honours the region’s top architects and building professionals held in seven Asian countries: Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

For media enquiries on FuturArc Green Leadership Award, please contact:
Candice Lim
Managing Editor – FuturArc
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: c.lim@futurarc.com
t: +65 6536 7197

 

Interior Design Awards 2018 | Top Honours Awarded

For the second year running, the BCI Asia Interior Design Awards (IDA) seeks to recognise excellent interior architectural designs that stand out aesthetically, functionally and ergonomically.

7 CATEGORIES | 7 COUNTRIES | Excellent Interior Designs within an Urban Landscape
This cycle, IDA 2018 expanded its scope to include projects that are based in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It was also extended to the following categories: Schools, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Workplace, Residential, Retail and Exhibition.

The best designs were selected according to the following equally weighted (20 per cent each) criteria:

• Spatial design: space usage, user-friendliness and functional aspects
• Comfort: ergonomics, emotional aspects and well-being
• Aesthetics: appearance of the space
• Innovation: use of technology or creative ideas and environmental considerations
• Realisation efficiency: practicality and ease of actualisation

An independent panel of jurors sat through a thorough review process and selected a total of 22 winning projects. Below is the list at a glance:

WINNERS

PRIZES
Specially designed trophies (winning projects) and certificates (winning and merit projects) will be awarded to the design teams. Winners and merit recipients will receive two-year and one-year subscriptions to Construction+ magazines respectively. The prizes will be given out at the respective BCI Asia Award ceremonies in Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia. The winning and merit projects will be featured in Construction+ magazines and the competition website.

Robert Krups, Chief Executive Officer of BCI Asia, commended,
“We have been able to witness Asia’s interior designers at their best, across 7 categories of ID projects. With close to 200 submissions, the BCI Asia Interior Design Awards has grown rapidly across the 7 countries. It has now become a new platform to compete for excellence in creating comfortable and vibrant leisure, living and working spaces.”

Interior Design Awards 2018 is supported by the following Gold Sponsors:
• TROX Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia and Singapore)
• Eve Lighting Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
• Kwan Tai Engineering Company Limited (Hong Kong)
• PT. China Harbour Indonesia (Indonesia)

MERIT
For the full list of the merit winners, please visit http://www.bciasiaidawards.com/index.cfm/results/.

For media enquiries on Interior Design Awards, please contact:
Candice Lim
Managing Editor | FuturArc
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: c.lim@futurarc.com
t: +65 6536 7197

For high-resolution images of the winning Interior Design Awards entries, please request from:
Carissa Kwok
Assistant Editor
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: c.kwok@futurarc.com
t: +65 6536 7197

For media enquiries on BCI Asia Awards 2018 event, please contact:
Lim Pooi Yin
Research Quality Consultant
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd
e: py.lim@bciasia.com
t: +65 6536 7197

ABOUT INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2018

Interiors are such an integral part of one’s living, playing and working experience that the design of an interior space has gone beyond solely aesthetics or function. It is also about crafting a space for occupant comfort and well-being. How a space makes one feel and the impact on one’s health have become as important as how a space looks and functions. This competition provided an opportunity for both emerging and experienced architects and designers to showcase their creative ideas and promote excellence in designing outstanding interior spaces. The competition was also a chance for designers to generate awareness towards responsible designs (human, economic, environmental and ethical) and the importance of good design in our society.

Interior Design Awards 2018 is jointly supported by the following leading organisations at the forefront of the design and architecture scene:

• Hong Kong Construction Materials Association Limited
• International Facility Management Association—Singapore Chapter
• Hong Kong Green Building Council
• Thai Green Building Institute
• The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
• Ethos India
• BEAM Society
• Waste Management Association of Malaysia
• United Architects of the Philippines, Singapore Chapter
• ASHUI.com
• Tạp chí Kiến trúc

INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2018 JURY PANEL

KULDEJ SINTHAWANARONG (Thailand) is CEO and co-founder of JARKEN group of companies, a multidisciplinary design and professional business, an engineer, an interior designer, and a creative. Over the last 12 years, Kuldej and his team have grown JARKEN into an international consultancy, which has won multiple awards with a core competency in creativity, and top-notch design expertise of over 500 residential, commercial and retail projects such as International Property Award since 2010 – 2014, IIDA (NY) since 2013, German World Festival of Interiors 2017, Hong Kong Design for Asia Awards 2017, Singapore Interior Design Awards (SIDA) 2017, etc.

 

WESLEY LIU (Hong Kong) is an award-winning and multidisciplinary designer. He is a Professional and Executive Committee Member from the Interior Design Association and a Member of the China Institute of Interior Design. Liu received his Master’s degree in Design at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), graduating at the top of his class. He studied environment and interior design, and his inquisitiveness and vision also led to his close collaboration with the Department of Built Environment and the College of Fine Arts (COFA). Liu returned to Hong Kong in 2007, where he worked with a celebrated architecture firm and later assumed his role as a senior designer at a renowned Japanese firm that specialises in interior design and construction. In 2009, he founded Atelier PplusP Limited, currently known as PplusP Designers Limited (P+P). Liu is popular for his eco designs, and has numerous well-known eco projects in both residential and retail categories.

KIM OH RA (Singapore) is a design director at DP Design who drives interior design excellence in all her endeavours. With 15 years of industry experience in hospitality and residential spaces, she was among the creative minds behind the interiors for some of the most prestigious hotels around – the Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Four Seasons, JW Marriott and St. Regis. Today, Kim remains a passionate designer. Whether it is colours or textures, she reflects her clients’ design needs with exemplary style and continues to push the design boundaries globally with her current projects, the Lusail Luxury Hotel (Plot 18A) in Doha, Qatar; and the Millennium Hotel Knightsbridge in London, United Kingdom.


INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS PROMOTER

The Competition Registrar is BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the BCI Group of Companies. The company has been a pioneer for construction market transparency and enhanced project leads reporting, and is the leading provider of construction information in the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, please visit www.bciasia.com.

ConstructionPlusAsia News: USM sweeps top prizes at competition to reimagine MRT stations

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) students swept the top three prizes at the prestigious MSSA/CIDB Open Ideas Competition for Students (OIC 2018) that was held in conjunction with the International Construction Week 2018.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: North West CDC inks first MOU with professional body to build SMEs capabilities and expand CSR efforts

North West Community Development Council (CDC) has been actively engaging SMEs to help them stay relevant and competitive for the future economy and at the same time, encourage corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunities for them to give back to the community.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Comparing Apples To Apples

The construction industry today is increasingly global, with investments and international expertise crossing national boundaries. For example, a power plant project in the United Kingdom could be a huge collaborative effort involving a British owner, a French designer and a contractor from China.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: International Construction Week 2018 (ICW 2018)

The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Malaysia, is once again bringing together the leaders and key players of the construction industry to the upcoming International Construction Week (ICW) 2018, which will be held from 26–30 March 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

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ConstructionPlus Asia News: Asia Allied Infrastructure tie up with Top Spring International

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Ltd (AAI) and Top Spring International Holdings Ltd are entering into a long-term collaboration to develop property business in Hong Kong, as reported by AsiaOne.com.

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23 March 2018: BCI Equinox Hong Kong

Date: 23 March 2018
Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Sky100, Hong Kong

BCI Equinox is a series of evening boutique exhibitions held across Asia designed to connect architects, interior designers and design specifiers with product suppliers.

Unlike the larger tradeshows and exhibitions, the more intimate and relaxed environment of BCI Equinox means specifiers can easily engage with suppliers and manufacturers over drinks and canapés whilst discovering the latest in new building product innovations.

  • Free for architects, interior designers and design specifiers to attend
  • Held in major cities across Asia: Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Each event runs for 2 to 3 hours
  • Features a variety of exhibitors
  • Drinks and canapés are provided throughout the event
  • Entertainment – for added fun, at each event we like to include something different in the form of entertainment to keep our guests guessing. This could be a dazzling light show or an unsuspecting flash mob – you won’t know until you go.

To see what BCI Equinox is like, click here to see our time lapse video from an Equinox event in Asia.

For more details, get in touch us with us at hk@bciasia.com or register here