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Self-healing concrete no longer science fiction
BY Zoe Phoon This may sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, but trust us when we tell you that self-healing concrete is not only a reality, it is expected to hit the market by this year. Concrete is the world’s most-used building material. However, cement production creates... Read more
Forest City to fight air pollution in China
BY Zoe Phoon Firstly, let us clarify that the “Forest City” in this story is not to be confused with the Forest City development in Iskandar Malaysia, which is a joint-venture smart city project between a China-based and Malaysian development firm. (Read the latest on that project here). This Forest... Read more
Vertical forest rising in Nanjing, 1st in China and Asia
BY Zoe Phoon The Nanjing Towers, which will house commercial real estate as well as vertical forest, is slated for completion in 2018. The two green towers could provide the city with a breath of fresh air daily, producing oxygen as they absorb carbon dioxide. Located in Nanjing Pukou... Read more
Non-polluting technologies for healthier environs
BY Kate May Basically, green technology is one that has a green purpose. It aims at contributing to environmental sustainability. Green inventions and innovations are ecologically sound that often involve energy efficiency, recycling, safety and health concerns, renewable resources, and so forth. Solar cell is one of the best... Read more
How droneports can be train stations
Student Saul Ajuria Fernandez for his master’s degree project at the University of Alcala in Spain has envisioned the Urban Droneport as an essential civic building of the future, according to architecture website ArchDaily. Located in what Ajuria has identified as a “disused urban vacuum” in the Spanish capital,... Read more
Relax and enjoy the water!
BY Kate May Imagine the pure pleasure of sitting in open breezy spaces and enjoying the waterfront. Urbanism experts say great waterfronts can be a city’s greatest assets if the stakeholders make the most of the opportunities the assets provide. Waterfronts can also transform cities to become the world’s... Read more
Technology poised to overhaul real estate industry
BY Chris Prasad This may sound drastic, but if you are a real estate negotiator, a brokerage clerk or a telemarketer, it’s time to look for a new job or invest into a new skill set. Why? Because technological advancements and changing buyer behaviour are likely to make your... Read more
Five cutting-edge building materials to watch
BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar The term cutting-edge does not necessarily just refer to flying cars and self-drying jackets, it can be something that makes our life simpler… but innovatively significant. According to architectmagazine.com, advances in building material technology can completely reshape the way we approach construction in the near... Read more
Save energy,  save money
BY Basreena S. The term “going green” is so widespread that it has become the current “it” factor in residential projects. These sustainable efforts are not just kind to the environment but also to our pockets as they promise lower utility bills, not to mention greater comfort. So how... Read more