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New Administration Building at Institute of Mental Health / LOOK Architects

  • Architects: LOOK Architects
  • Location: Buangkok View, Singapore
  • Area: 5533.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of LOOK Architects Mr Choo Meng Foo

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Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine / LOOK Architects

  • Architects: LOOK Architects
  • Location: 11 Mandalay Road, Singapore
  • Area: 3985.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of LOOK Architects

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Wilkinson Eyre Claim Plagiarism At 2015 Milan Expo Site

It seems as though the complex case of architectural copyright has been a major talking point of 2014. As the year begins to draw to a close, a fresh tension has risen between two European offices. British practice Wilkinson Eyre have claimed that a central structure at the site of the 2015 Milan Expo is direct plagiarism of their Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore, completed in 2012. According to an article in The Telegraph, the 'Tree of Life' will "form the centre-piece of the Italian pavilion" in Milan.

Safdie Architects Design Glass "Air Hub" for Singapore Changi Airport

Today, Safdie Architects revealed plans for a glass, spherical “air hub” that will be built at the center of the Singapore’s Changi Airport, the world’s sixth busiest airport. The “jeweled” biodome was presented as a “new paradigm” for international airports that will boost Singapore’s stopover appeal and become a “lifestyle destination” for both travelers and local residents.

Learn more about the design and a word from Moshe Safdie, after the break. 

SPARK Proposes Vertical Farming Hybrid to House Singapore's Aging Population

To address issues surrounding Asia’s aging population and food scarcity, SPARK has unveiled a conceptual project the blends affordable retirement housing with urban farming. The proposal, titled "Home Farm," integrates vertical aquaponic farming and rooftop soil planting with high-density housing designed for seniors that provides residents with a desirable garden environment and opportunities for post-retirement employment. 

"We designed this concept for Singapore," says SPARK Director Stephen Pimbley, "but there is the potential for it to be applied in any location that would support the growth of leafy green vegetables on building facades and rooftops." He continues, "We are keen to see this project materialise at some point in the future. The concept is a realizable solution to real and pressing problems faced by many of the world’s growing cities."

Read on to learn more about the concept.

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Audi Centre Singapore / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

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Shimano Cycling World / Eight Inc

  • Architects: Eight Inc
  • Location: 6 Stadium Walk, Singapore
  • Principal In Charge: Tim Kobe
  • Area: 650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Aaron Pocock

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Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple / Czarl Architects

  • Architects: Czarl Architects
  • Location: Block 116 HDB Jln Bukit Merah, 116 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 160116
  • Design Team: Carl Lim, Anditya Dwi Saputra, MingFu Weng, Nic Chan
  • Area: 1526.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: MingFu Weng

© MingFu Weng © MingFu Weng © MingFu Weng © MingFu Weng

Terrace House / Formwerkz Architects

  • Architects: Formwerkz Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Design Team: Alan Tay, Iskanda Idris, Cai Xun
  • Photographs: Albert Lim

© Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim

Master Plan Revealed for Binhai Eco City in Tianjin

Holm Architecture Office and AI - along with landscape architects Kragh Berglund – have been named shared winners of the Eco City Binhai Master Plan. Located outside Tianjin in Northern China, the project will consist of a new Central Business District and five new cultural buildings. Learn more about this plan after the break.

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Heatherwick Exhibitions Set to Tour US and Asia

Thomas Heatherwick is set to expand his international reputation in the coming year, thanks to two exhibitions that will tour the United States and East Asia, reports the Architects' Journal. The US exhibition, titled "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio" will tour Dallas, LA and New York from September 2014 to October 2015. The Asia exhibit is yet to be formally announced, although it is believed it will begin in Singapore in Spring 2015. Read on after the break for more details of the exhibitions.

Archifest 2014: Exploring CROWD In Singapore

Returning for its eighth year, Singapore's annual premiere festival Archifest explores the concept of CROWD, and how it interacts with and becomes an integral aspect of architecture and urbanism. Hailed as a Festival of Ideas for the City, Archifest is a two week long gala focusing this year on the context of Collective Intelligence and Community Capital, and the intricate complexities and interconnectivity between both. The theme is based on the belief that it is "the human aspect of architecture that encourages, facilitates, and enhances the human quality to hold influence and create energy to the makeup of our city."

Airwell House / ADX Architects

  • Architects: ADX Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Area: 253.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Edward Hendricks

© Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks © Edward Hendricks

OOI House / Czarl Architects

  • Architects: Czarl Architects
  • Location: Jasmine Road, Singapore
  • Design Team: Carl Lim, Anditya Dwi Saputra, Sheryl Asi Perculeza
  • Area: 354.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Tim Nolan

© Tim Nolan © Tim Nolan © Tim Nolan © Tim Nolan

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

Following the recent announcement of Aedas' demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas' global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects' Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London's Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK's capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas' scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the 'urban hub' typology for London's metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex, Guangzhou, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas North Star Mixed-use Development, Beijing, China [Designed by Andrew Bromberg]. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hengqin International Financial Centre, Zhuhai, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas R&F Centre, Guangzhou, China {Project Design Director - Ken Wai, Aedas]. Image Courtesy of Aedas