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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
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
West Kowloon Terminus takes shape after years of delay
TERMINUS TO FUNCTION MORE LIKE AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT THAN A RAIL STATION BY Zoe Phoon The 380,000sq m multi-storey high speed rail (HSR) terminus station looks awe-inspiring and it will probably be the world’s largest below ground terminus. It’s designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, a leading global architecture... Read more
When living small can be efficient and comfortable
  FOR TINY-HOME DWELLERS, THE SECRET IS TO PARE DOWN TO THE ESSENTIALS BY Zoe Phoon A big house with some land may be our dream. However, compact or small space living is on the rise to overcome scarce land, expensive housing and as cities absorb more people in... Read more
Lessons on how not to be victims of success
REDEVELOPMENT CAN REVIVE A LANDSCAPE, BUT THERE ARE IMPORTANT PITFALLS TO CONSIDER TOO   BY Zoe Phoon The High Line in New York City in the US is a 1.45-mile long public park built on a disused historical freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Opened... Read more
Govt to double up on PPA1M offering
The federal government has announced that it will double the number of units to be developed under the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing (PPA1M) programme to 200,000 units. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made the announcement during a handover of keys ceremony for the Selasih PPA1M project in Putrajaya’s... Read more
Morphing cafes into event spaces
NO, IT’S NOT REPURPOSING… IT’S ADDING NEW PURPOSE  Many of us resort to working out of the office sometimes, choosing to pop by the nearest café for its stimulating environment to get things done. More than just a coffee shop where working nomads are logged on to their laptops... Read more