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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
Dutch city lights the way towards ‘multimodal’ living
  WORLD’S LARGEST BICYCLE PARKING LOT OPENS IN ULTRECHT BY Zoe Phoon While in some parts of Malaysia, city councils are struggling to grasp, understand and integrate our changing perspectives on public transportation (read here for more on that), elsewhere in the world giant strides are being made towards... Read more
Introducing the Pod that kills stress at work
FUTURE OFFICE DESIGNS COULD INCLUDE ‘BREAKOUT PODS’ TO REDUCE STRESS AND IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY BY Zoe Phoon Dutch creators, architect firm UNStudio and social design agency Scape, envisage many big companies will install “breakout pods” at their workplace in the near future. Examples are secluded pods that allow workers to... Read more
Defining a new typology for bridges
AMAZING SAIL BRIDGE PROPOSED FOR MONGOLIA’S WULANMULUN RIVER BY Zoe Phoon                                                                             ... Read more
Dubai hosts world’s 1st 3D printed office
TRAILBLAZING EXAMPLE OF COMPUTER-CONTROLLED FABRICATION IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION BY Zoe Phoon The building’s name, Office of the Future, may appear ordinary, but what its architect Killa Design has developed is anything but that. Office of the Future is the world’s first fully functional and permanently occupied 3D printed office... Read more
Recasting the way people move, work and live in tall buildings
TECH REVOLUTION: MULTI HERALDS WORLD’S FIRST CABLE-LESS HORIZONTAL LIFT SYSTEM BY Zoe Phoon More than 160 years after the invention of the conventional elevator, the world’s first cable-less, horizontal lift system named MULTI was launched in Germany recently. Developed by thyssenkrupp Elevator, a global urban mobility leader, MULTI made... Read more
From grain silos to high-rise housing
BEING ACCUSED OF HAVING A ‘SILO MENTALITY’ IS NO LONGER A BAD THING THANKS TO DANISH INGENUITY BY Zoe Phoon Denmark may be small in population size (5.75 million people) but it’s certainly big on creativity, innovation and adaptive reuse. Danish architects are internationally acclaimed and Danish design has... Read more
Liuzhou forest city proposes a remarkable future
HUMAN CONSTRUCTION AND NATURE NEED NOT COMPETE FOR SPACE WHEN TOMORROW COMES BY Zoe Phoon                                                            Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti... Read more
Bloomberg: What Brexit?
COMPANY CAN’T WAIT TO MOVE INTO NEW GREEN HQ IN LONDON BY Zoe Phoon Fancy working here? Bloomberg’s scintillating European headquarters in the heart of the UK capital is poised to open this autumn. The company of former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is moving into London... Read more
Portland harnesses the power of poop
  BY Zoe Phoon Yes, you read the headline right. Somewhere in the northwestern shore of the United States, someone is turning human waste into power. Why? Well, as one journalist in the US has put it, “that distinctive smell of sewage is starting to smell like money” to managers... Read more