Sustainable luxury : the new Singapore House, solutions for by Paul McGillick Ph.D, Masano Kawana

By Paul McGillick Ph.D, Masano Kawana

Singapore is well known as essentially the most livable towns in Asia, and "Sustainable luxurious" indicates how the filthy rich, forward-looking country is pioneering leading edge options for environmental, monetary, social, and cultural concerns confronted across the world. Dr. Paul McGillick, the writer of The Sustainable Asian condo (Tuttle, 2013), offers twenty-seven fresh residential initiatives created through Singapore's so much talented  Read more...

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It is, as architect Alan Tay says (see the Sembawang Long Houses, page 70, and the Tree House, page 78), a matter of asking ‘how the client would use the house’ and this can involve a lot more than the basic programme, with its number of bedrooms, etc. Occupiers have an annoying habit of filling and decorating a house with their favourite things, which can often result in a contradiction between the way the house has been designed and the way it is used. An obvious way to avoid this mismatch is to work closely with the client from the beginning.

This is not just a matter of clients briefing their chosen architects. This is a whole new paradigm for the client–architect relationship, which involves an ongoing conversation between the two that is intense and highly personal. Sustainability—environmental, personal and cultural—is a key driver for all parties and it is an approach which is drawing attention from all over the world. Sustaining a Changing Singapore Sustainability is not an option for Singapore, it is an imperative. In environmental terms, this means conserving water, looking for ways of moderating dependence on airconditioning, attempting to restrict the use of private motor 40 vehicles and making the best use of the available land.

I have already mentioned how Singapore English is a distinct variety that is gradually becoming even more distinct. I also suggested that this is a pointer to Singapore’s emerging 31 identity. Far from being an ‘instant city’ or just a giant shopping mall, Singapore has a unique character that goes back much further than 1965. Pursuing the linguistic model for the moment, Iet us imagine the contemporary Southeast Asian home as an intersection of past and present, a combination of Malinowski’s immediate and wider context.

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