ConstructionPlusAsia News: St. Regis Hotel Zhuhai brings its grandeur to China

St. Regis Hotel Zhuhai was designed by Wilson Associates’ Singapore studio by recalling European classical inspirations of the Astor aesthetic. This property boasts 251 stunning guest rooms and suites, a host of fine-dining selections, and over 1500 square-meters of grand public spaces, as well as a state-of-the-art spa and athletic club.

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BCI Media Group and SmartBuild Asia join forces

Industry leaders BCI Media Group and SmartBuild Asia join forces to fuel international growth and advance big data and artificial intelligence solutions throughout the construction information industry.

SINGAPORE, June 7, 2019 – BCI Media Group (BCI), the leading provider of pre-construction information solutions throughout the Asia-Pacific region announced today that it has acquired Singapore-based SmartBuild Asia (SBA), a leader in machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data solutions for the region’s construction industry.

“BCI, as the leading pre-construction information service in the region, has always focused on delivering high quality information to companies in the construction industry” said Robert Krups CEO of BCI.

“We see SBA as one of the world’s most machine learning-savvy construction tech start-ups, a perfect partner for BCI. By combining their cutting-edge technology and our dedicated team of construction intelligence specialists throughout the Asia and Pacific regions, we will be able to provide unique AI and big data solutions along with unmatched construction insights for our clients in the region.”

Expanding beyond Singapore SBA has been seeking an industry partner to help fuel innovation and enhance their industry leading big data products. With its 20+ year history of reporting on the region’s construction activity, BCI can provide for SBA the much-needed data to feed their AI algorithms.

“SBA has always been dedicated to using cutting edge technology to help construction companies in Singapore increase their market presence and awareness” said Maxime Lemiere CEO of SBA.

“Our goal is to use the latest technology to give companies operating in the construction industry unique and valuable real-world market insights to help them improve their organisation. BCI’s focus on providing quality pre-construction information perfectly aligns with our focus and together we can transform the construction information industry”

Transforming the industry together “We are thrilled to partner with SBA, a like-minded company that shares similar goals and visions for the future. We look forward to working together to bringdigital innovation to the construction industry” Robert Krups said.

SBA’s founders Maxime Lemiere and Nicolas Marchand will lead a new division embedded within BCI called “BCI Smart Data Solutions”; Maxime will also serve as BCI’s Chief AI Officer, while Nicolas will serve as BCI’s Chief Data Analytics Officer.

About SmartBuild Asia

Founded by Maxime Lemiere and Nicolas Marchand in 2015, SmartBuild Asia provides the latest big data and AI technologies to the construction industry.Their products are tailor-made for construction professionals across various company functions, including; sales and marketing, procurement, operations and finance.

SBA was created with one goal in mind — to make the construction industry more efficient. This is accomplished by providing accurate and up-to-date information, helping businesses make informed decisions to grow faster and smarter.


7 November 2019: BCI Equinox Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Date: 7 November 2019
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm

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 with us.
Mr. Christopher
Tel: +603 7661 1380

21 June 2019: HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium 2019

HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium 2019

The HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium is the only bi-annual professional conference of its kind in the region since its inception in 2013.

For 2019, the theme ‘Shape the Shapeless : Cross Strait Architects and Architecture of the Belt and Road and Africa’ has been adopted to commence a new exploration and to expand the scope of CADSA as a culturally sensitive and design focused event. With the support of Lead Sponsor Create Hong Kong of the Government of the HKSAR, renowned architects, theoreticians, historians and educators from the Belt and Road regions and Africa are invited to speak and conduct workshops; sharing their knowledge and vision in Architecture and Culture together with current developments situated in a global context, in order to facilitate the elevation of architectural design in the Cross-Strait regions towards the international arena.

Details of the event are as follows:
Date: 21 June 2019 (Friday)
Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Language: Putonghua and English – simultaneous interpretation service will be provided.
HKIA CPD Credit Hours: 7 hours
PRC CPD Credit Hours (Architect-elective) : 7 hours

Symposium Fee (per capita): HK$1,000 – HKIA Members, Members of Collaborating Organizations and Supporting Organizations or Members of professional institutes for architects in the Mainland, Taiwan and Macau.

HK$1,200 – Other participants

Symposium Pass includes access to two coffee breaks and one buffet lunch.

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FuturArc expands the dialogue on Green architecture and development into Malaysia for the FuturArc Forum 2019

12 June 2019

[Kuala Lumpur] – The FuturArc Forum is back and this time it will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 18 June 2019, at Le Meridien. It aims to bring together local and regional thought leaders, active industry stakeholders and experienced professionals to take an in-depth look at recent developments, strategies and policies in Malaysia and the region, as well as design ideas, solutions and plans that the country and Asia could adopt to drive towards a more sustainable future.

 Highlights & Topics:

  • Keynote: Reality Check on Green in Malaysia by Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail
  • Designing with Nature: Pinpricks of Transformative Change by Dr Nirmal Krishnani
  • Designing for Wellness: The WELL Building Standard by Samantha Allen
  • High-performance Tropical Buildings that Connect with Nature by Gregers Reimann
  • Malaysian Carbon Reduction & Environmental Sustainable Tool (MyCREST)
    by Aminah Abdul Rahman
  • Net-Zero Energy or Super-Low Energy Buildings by CK Tang

FuturArc Forum 2019 is supported by the following associations: Construction Industry Development Board; Malaysia Green Building Council; and the International WELL Building Institute. The event is presented by the following partners: Hume Cemboard Industries Sdn Bhd; San Miguel Yamamura Woven Products Sdn Bhd; and UBE Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd.

For media enquiries on FuturArc Forum 2019, please contact:
Mr Christopher Victor Roch
T: +6012 528 9667            E:
Events Management Consultant, BCI Asia Construction Information Sdn Bhd

About FuturArc & FuturArc Forum
FuturArc has been a pioneer in leading the conversation on Green architecture and development in Asia since 2008. The award-winning FuturArc journal ( focuses on the impact of buildings on society and the environment, promoting architecture that is socially and ecologically responsible. FuturArc Forum is a series of conferences and networking events created specifically around the topic of Green building in Asia, across seven countries in the region. For more details on the Forum, please visit 

About BCI Asia

The BCI construction media group reports future construction projects in the Asia Pacific region. BCI bridges the information gap between design consultants seeking to specify products for their projects and suppliers seeking to inform them about building products and new construction technologies. In doing so, BCI Asia conducts more than 250,000 face-to-face and phone interviews with architects, developers, engineers and contractors every year, reporting on approximately US$400 billion worth of projects. Besides promoting efficiency and transparency through its research services, BCI also publishes FuturArc journal, Construction+ and other architectural books.

About the Speakers

Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail is the Immediate Past President of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) and a board member of Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM). He is also the Chairman of Green Building Index Sdn Bhd, a company jointly owned by PAM and ACEM in implementing green and sustainable development rating tools.

Dr Nirmal Kishnani
, PhD, is Chief Editor of FuturArc 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 where he holds the appointment of Programme Director.

Samantha Allen
is Director of Market Development for IWBI Asia, supervising business development and greater adoption of the WELL Building Standard™ and WELL Community Standard™ in the Asia Pacific region. Previously, Samantha was a research and development manager with the Delos Labs team at Delos, IWBI’s parent organization.

Gregers Reimann
is the managing director of IEN Consultants, the pioneering Green building consultancy in Malaysia, which specialises in building designs that have good daylighting, are highly energy efficient and have excellent thermal and visual comfort. Key project references during Gregers’ 14 years of working in Asia include the energy efficient and biophilic Paramit – Factory in the Forest (2018 RIBA International Prize nominee), the first office building to be designed for energy (GEO); the ST Diamond office building (2012 ASEAN Energy Award winner); the Pertamina Energy Tower, the first skyscraper designed to be zero energy.

Aminah Abd Rahman
now serves as General Manager for the Sustainable Construction Excellence Centre (MAMPAN). She plays a vital role in managing the excellence centre that also acts as a catalyst and referral centre in transforming Malaysia’s construction industry, focusing on sustainability. Previously, she was the chief consultant of development control under the Department of Local Government, Ministry of Housing and Local Government of Malaysia.

CK Tang is a pioneer in energy efficiency and Green buildings in the tropics. He designed and completed almost all the low-energy building demonstration projects in Malaysia. CK has authored two books on energy efficiency in buildings for the tropical climate under the BSEEP project, and developed software to design energy-efficient buildings.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Robot-printed bathrooms in 9 hours

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) say they have created the world’s first 3D-printed unfurnished bathrooms, in a joint statement released by the university and the National Research Foundation (NRF).

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Redevelopment of former MAS HQ to be completed 2021

Following a 13-year delay, the redevelopment of the former Malaysian Airline System headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ismail is expected to be completed by 2021, The Edge reports.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: BEC EnviroSeries Conference to explore solutions to waste problem

On 17 May 2019, Business Environment Council Limited (BEC) held its flagship event, the EnviroSeries Conference at The Mira Hong Kong. With the main topic “The Business of Waste – Solving Hong Kong’s Urgent Environmental Problem”, the conference attracted over 200 participants.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Tuas mega port to open in phases from 2021

The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) recently revealed  that the Tuas Terminal mega port will commence its first phase of operations in 2021 with two berths for ships.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Shenzhen moves on from Hong Kong’s housing policy

Shenzhen, one of the most expensive cities in China, is ditching the Hong Kong model they had been following for more than two decades since private home ownership reforms were rolled out, and is ready to take a leaf from Singapore’s housing policy instead, as reported by Asiaone.

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