John Wardle

"To each project, irrespective of type, we bring an interest in the personal and collective histor...

Vo Trong Nghia

"In areas with many rocks I will design works with stone; in areas with pretty coloured clay I will...

Gregory Burgess

"In a way our buildings are ourselves. Their gestures to the world reflect our human responsiveness...

David Salmela

"Design is about making great things happen in any situation, regardless of the constraints.” A...

Jun Aoki

"Selves are nothing more than chains of accidental occurrences." Architect: Jun Aoki Project:...

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"The point at which buildings become ruins is a philosophical question."

-- David Littlefield

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Architectural Voices: Listening to...

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If a building could speak, what would it say? What would it sound like? Would it be worth listening to? This book treats buildings as deeply human creations - built by people for people; they come to embody the dreams, imaginings and stories that take place within them.

David Littlefield and Saskia Lewis argue that buildings have voices and that it is worth listening to what they have to say. By focusing on elderly structures that are the subject of reinvention, this book examines how the buildings guide architects and artists. These reinventions, or re-imaginings, are not merely examples of straightforward conservation, nor simple exercises in contrasting old and new; they represent a more sensitive, personal approach to creative reuse. The authors' accounts of more than 20 historic buildings and their interviews with the people responsible for renewing them, demonstrate that the poetic qualities of the places we inhabit are not limited to just architectural style.

In this book, the voices of an abandoned cathedral, a former brothel, a stately home and a Royal Mail sorting office reveal themselves. Listening to these voices opens up a new dimension to understanding the lives and meanings of old buildings.

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I haven't been reading architectural news lately, thus there wasn't any postings since my last post. My attention is currently focussed on the political conspiracy saga that is plaguing our nation. it or not, we are part of the system. I'm hoping that someday, our nation will have a more transparent governing system that could bring about a change not only to its economy, culture and society but also to its built-environment fabric. Until then, it will remain an aspiration.

"No, no, you should never use something just because it's available; you should always find the best solution to a problem."

-- Buckminster Fuller 

Buckminster Fuller

Inventor, tireless proselytizer, inspirational cult figure, something of a flimflammer.

The Buckminster Fuller exhibition that has just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York has already received a lot of press coverage, with long stories in The New Yorker and the New York Times. >>> Read More


Bored by the view? Why not take your flat for a spin?

By Jonathan Glancey

This artist rendering released by Dynamic Architecture shows a rotating skyscraper that is to be built in Dubai, in various stages of movement Photograph: AP

'It's the first building that rotates, moves, and changes shape," says David Fisher, architect of the Dynamic Tower, the latest proposal for a wacky and costly building in downtown Dubai. The 420-metre-high tower is designed to house 80 flats selling from between £2m and £20m. These will turn independently on a central axis, affording residents 360-degree views of the building sites of Dubai. The power to spin the flats around like some architectural funfair ride will be generated not by the burning of costly Saudi oil, but by wind-driven turbines set between each floor. >>> Read More

Ed: The rotation has to be gradual or else the occupant's head will be spinning with stars all over. What if occupant A wants a view of Al Burj whilst occupant B wants the same view both at the same time? I presume, it has to be one occupant per floor lest dissatisfaction among occupants, all wanting a good view.


Saving Malacca: Elusive goal of 2 architects

MALACCA, June 27 — Conservation architect Lim Huck Chin stands in front of a 300-year-old "shophouse" in Malacca city's historic core and points out the telltale signs that this building, on a street zoned as a heritage conservation area, has been turned into an aviary where wild swiftlets' nests are cultivated to make birds' nest soup, a Chinese delicacy. >>> Read More (Painting: Courtesy EdChew)

"The whole issue of authenticity just doesn't seem to matter in Malacca. It's all about history for entertainment." -- Lim Huck Chin


Singapore is honoured to be under consideration as host for the UIA World Congress 2014. In celebration of the human endeavour to overturn a global threat into sustainable solutions for future generations, our theme for the Congress is "Green Cities". >>> Singapore Institute of Architects

"We invite you to plant a seed now. No plot of ground is too small to 'Sow the Seeds of Change'."


“Architecture is a negotiated art and it’s highly political, and if you want to make buildings there is diplomacy required.”

-- Thom Mayne

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I’m the Designer. My Client’s the Autocrat.


Thom Mayne’s design for a corporate headquarters in Shanghai.

FOUR months ago the architect Daniel Libeskind declared publicly that architects should think long and hard before working in China, adding, “I won’t work for totalitarian regimes.” His remarks raised hackles in his profession, with some architects accusing him of hypocrisy because his own firm had recently broken ground on a project in Hong Kong. >>> Read More

Ed: "To take or not to take," a question that seems to bother me if I were to be offered a commission by a would-be client knowing the fact that the he is a corrupted politician or makes his living through immoral activities. I know for sure that architecture per se is not immoral but working for such client to realize his dream or political agenda, could it be considered an immoral act from an ethical point of (personal) view?


Tadao Ando's Elegant Simplicity


A new building by Tadao Ando featuring a diagonal wall. (Richard Pare / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute)

Let's say Frank Gehry represents one end of the architectural spectrum, the shiny, exuberant, walls-that-do-the-hula end. The man on the opposite side--the serene, economical, subdued side--would have to be Japanese architect Tadao Ando. If Gehry's signature form is a whiplash, Ando's is a broad, flat plane. Gehry's best-known materials are titanium and glowing steel. Ando's is pale gray concrete. >>> Read More



Are key landmarks from the early years of Singapore's nationhood fast disappearing through redevelopment?

Conservation these days no longer just involves colonial bungalows and shophouses. We examine 11 noteworthy modern buildings and structures which risk demolition if things are left to chance. >>> Have Your Say

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