Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture / Nirmal Kishnani

  • 28 Sep 2012
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In the past decade Asia’s building sector has slowly come around to the idea of the Green building. The movement has picked up pace since 2005 with the introduction of, at last count, 13 national Green building assessment tools. Despite a steep rise in the number of certified buildings, the approach to Greening is fragmented and cautious at best. The Asian Green building does not do enough to mitigate impact nor do the conventions of Greening address the diverse needs of the region and its people.

An urgent rethink is needed. Asia must get past the current do-less-harm approach—often coupled with a case for short-term returns—towards long-term, locale- and community-specific outcomes. The author investigates over 30 recent projects, extracting from them six principles for sustainable architecture that are Asia-centric and scalable. This book is a must-have guide for building professionals, developers and operators—essentially any stakeholder in Asia’s building industry—and a reference text for academia. The well-illustrated layout will also appeal to the non-technical reader interested in the rising tide of Green in Asia.

006 Preamble
012 Greening Asia: Rebooting the conversation
042 Convention of Greening: Five questions
054 Limits of the Greening: Rethinking system boundaries

Six Principles of Sustainable Architecture: Emerging Ideas for Asia
064 Efficacy: Seeking long-term effectiveness
070 Ecology: Respecting and repairing networks
078 Wellness: Connection with outdoors, community, nature
086 Embeddedness:  Local reliance and self-sufficiency
092 Advocacy: Building as a cultural force
100 Integration: Aligning process towards performance
108 From Green to Sustainable: Minding the gaps

The Projects
114 Alila Villas Uluwatu: Bali, Indonesia
132 Green School: Bali, Indonesia
150 Headquarters Energy Commission of Malaysia: Putrajaya, Malaysia
166 Khoo Teck Puat Hospital: Singapore
184 Pearl Academy of Fashion: Jaipur, India

200 Safe Heaven Bathhouse & Library-Old Market Library: Thailand
218 Sau Mau Ping South Estate: Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
234 Soneva Kiri: Koh Kood, Thailand
252 The Met: Bangkok, Thailand
268 Vanke Centre: Shenzhen, People´s Republic of China
302 Zero Energy Building BCA Academy of the Built Environment: Singapore

312 Acknowledgments
322 Bibliography
326 Credits

Publisher: FuturArc (BCI Asia)
Language : English
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-981-07-0116-1

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Cite: Hernandez, Diego. "Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture / Nirmal Kishnani" 28 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • NMA

    Dear Diego Hernandez,
    You missed Yamuna Corporate Office Kirloskar Brothers Ltd: Pune, India on page 286, after 268 Vanke Centre: Shenzhen, People´s Republic of China.