Fancy dining on seabed 5m below water surface?
SNOHETTA DESIGNS EUROPE’S FIRST UNDERWATER RESTAURANT-CUM-RESEARCH CENTRE FOR MARINE LIFE IN NORWAY BY Zoe Phoon As visitors begin their journey through the restaurant, they descend via three levels. From the entrance, where the tidepool is swallowed by the sea, they enter the wardrobe area where they are ushered down... Read more
Jakarta’s green island to give 1.9m residents new living, leisure spaces
VISIONARY BLUEPRINT WINS SMART CITIES PRIZE AT WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2017   BY Zoe Phoon The master plan looks amazing. SHAU Architects’ design team used mainly the Manhattan grid to form the urban framework on the oval-shaped island while other city grids also inspired the design. This organisation of... Read more
No eco-fantasies, these…
  STUDENTS DESIGN AND BUILD SOLAR-POWERED HOMES WITH REALISTIC MARKET POTENTIAL BY Zoe Phoon The creativity of exuberant young minds is remarkable to say the least. Four Swiss universities came together to build the overall winner of the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2017 that concluded recently. This... Read more
A retrofit option that cuts costs and saves lives
NEW SUPER CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY ENABLES EARTHQUAKE-RESISTANT BUILDINGS BY Zoe Phoon Researchers at Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a new seismic resistant concrete called eco-friendly ductile cementitious composite (EDCC). This technology will see its first real life application in the next few months as part of the... Read more
How to revilatise ecosystems without polluting them
NAUTILUS: A PIONEERING ‘ZERO–EMISSION, ZERO-WASTE, ZERO-POVERTY’ ECO-RESORT PROPOSED FOR THE PHILIPPINES BY Zoe Phoon                                                                         ... Read more
The search for office space goes AI
FIRST SELF-DRIVING CARS, NOW SELF-SEARCHING OFFICE SPACE If you haven’t already noticed, there is currently a workplace revolution occurring on a global scale. Much has been said about the impact of digital disruption and how new technological advancement are redefining industries, but one of the first places this message... Read more
From Fleet Street to Green Street
LONDON MULLS WORLD’S FIRST ‘NATIONAL CITY PARK, AND A STREET KNOWN FOR NEWSPRINT COULD NOW BE GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY BY Zoe Phoon The London national park idea is to think about the capital of England and the UK in the future where there are fewer cars and... Read more
Radical thinking is the path to sustainable urban living
INTRODUCING THE ALL-IN-ONE ‘POP-UP’ SOLUTION TO FLOODING, PARKING, GREEN SPACE SHORTAGE BY Zoe Phoon                                                                        ... Read more
Robotic lifts will park cars in a not-too-distant tomorrow
TRANSITIONING BUILDING DESIGNS TO FIT A FUTURE OF COMPACT DRIVERLESS CARS BY Zoe Phoon The world is changing… whether we like it to or not. Architects in the United States are already working with clients to restrategise the design of parking garages so that these can be converted to... Read more
Germany to unveil world’s largest EV charging station
BY Zoe Phoon Electrical vehicle charging stations have been mushrooming the world-over in the past decade, but what’s different about this one is it will also feature offices, shopping elements and eateries. Such a development goes beyond the orthodox concept of a gas station, but more importantly, it gives... Read more