With the global economy on the slowdown, we anticipate 2019 to be a difficult year.
I would like to see the architecture of the future to be ecology-based, as architecture that is ‘ecocentric’. However, to effect this means that not just our design community (of architects, planners, engineers, designers, etc.) but all of humanity needs to subscribe to the premise that all of humanity’s acts and activities, both our existing and new built environments and the ways the built environment is designed, built, managed, operated and recovered must be carried our guided by the science of ecology.
However, to achieve this means all of humanity must become literate in ecology – which is a massive global task of re-education. This also means global changes to the ways the design community work, and pedagogically how architecture is taught.
However, the future direction of architecture may not develop in the
environmentally friendly way that I hope, in which case humanity may be heading towards the collapse of the ecosystems. I hope that we will be able to redesign and remake our existing cities and make our new cities and urban conurbations to imitated nature to become ‘constructed ecosystem’, so that our urban conurbations are able to effectively bio integrate physically and systemically with nature.
The role of the architect and in effect all of humanity must be as a steward of nature and as a partner to nature.
Business-wise, it has been a reasonably good year. We started to do more work in India and China. Our own research work had also progressed and advanced our ideas on creating an ecology-based architecture through the biomimicry of ecosystems which we refer to as ‘ecomimicry’. This will be published by Taylor and Francis in 2019.
We completed the Suasana Putrajaya building which is consists of two almost symmetrical medium-rise towers in Malaysia which has a number of experimental eco features, such as the creation of habitats in the development to enhance biodiversity, guided by a Biodiversity Matrix for the design of the habitats. We completed an eco-master plan for the Nitte University in Mangalore in India. We also completed an urban regeneration project in Siong’An in China where we renovated an exciting building to have two flues to reduce the energy consumption to naturally ventilate the building during the mid-seasons (Spring and Autumn).
We are working on several towers design where we are incorporating an ecological green infrastructure on the facade. There are also several projects that are ongoing.