It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Orchard Road in Singapore is one of the world’s foremost retail and fashion shopping streets. Receiving upwards of seven million visitors annually, it is a foundational element to Singapore’s city fabric and national economy as a popular streetscape wholly devoted to the pedestrian and customer.
Singapore-based DP Architects has played a significant role in shaping Orchard Road’s present form. Since the practice’s establishment in 1967, it has designed, retrofitted and reworked nearly thirty projects on Orchard Road, oftentimes reinterpreting the same building several times over a period spanning two or three decades. These projects cumulatively represent over one million square metres of mixed-use commercial space - a rare example of the comprehensive, long-term influence of a single design firm on an urban centre.
Evolution of a Retail Streetscape: DP Architects on Orchard Road records a history of Orchard Road discussed in the context of Singapore’s development as an island-nation. Using this framework as both precedent and point of departure, it presents, in-depth, a selection of retail shopping centres completed by DP Architects between the years 2003 and 2012. It addresses the firm’s four decades of work as a continuum of evolving design ideas that have contributed to Orchard Road’s transformation into one of Singapore’s - and Asia’s - great urban spaces.
GREEN:HOUSE Gardens by the Bay
GREEN:HOUSE Gardens by the BayÂ explores the sustainable design principles and innovative engineering behind the development of two of the world's largest conditioned biomes. Environmental engineers Atelier Ten have developed highly innovative and sustainable strategies to control conditions within these centerpiece conservatories; and through a combination of photographs, graphics and narratives, readers will gain insights into the makings of a premier tropical garden city.
It explores the sustainable design principles and innovative engineering behind the development of two of the world’s largest conditioned public conservatories or biomes.
By Thomas Heatherwick
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Pub Date: 28 May 2012
'Heatherwick is a Leonardo da Vinci of our times' Sir Terence Conran. Still just two decades into his career, British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been heralded as one of the most original creative talents for many decades. He has produced everything from sculptural chairs forged from the world's largest aluminium extruder, to a bridge that rolls open and closed and an exuberant seed bank, 'hairy' with fibre-optic lights (the award-winning UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo). This book is the first to present an exhaustive survey of his studio's output to date: over 140 projects. Long in development, it offers a highly personal, in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of Heatherwick's creative, design and manufacturing processes. Projects are organized chronologically and bookended by an introduction setting out the studio's philosophy and a project credits section. Each project is fully illustrated and accompanied by a text explaining, in Heatherwick's own words, the particular design challenge it posed and the creative and practical processes used to address it.
By Nick Dunn
Publisher: Laurence King
Pub Date: 3 September 2012
With the increasing sophistication of CAD and other design software, there is now a wide array of means for both designing and fabricating architecture and its components. The proliferation of advanced modelling software and hardware has enabled architects and students to conceive and create designs that would be very difficult to do using more traditional methods. The use of CAD technologies in the production of physical models, prototypes and individual elements is increasingly widespread through processes such as CAD/CAM, CNC milling and rapid prototyping. This translation of computergenerated data to physical artefact can also be reversed with devices such as a digitiser, which traces the contours of physical objects directly into the computer. This book focuses on the inspiring possibilities for architecture that can be achieved with all the different technologies and techniques available for making complete designs or their components.
By Paul Goldberger, Peter G. Rowe, Witold Rybcynski
Publisher: Images Publishing
Pub Date: 15 April 2009
ISBN: 9781864701623 (Volume One MAS)
ISBN: 9781864701630 (Volume Two MAS)
Moshe Safdie's architecture displays a richly evolving tectonic and spatial sensibility. During forty years of practice, Safdie has designed cultural, educational, and civic institutions, housing, mixed-use complexes and airports, and has developed designs for existing urban districts and entirely new cities. In this two-volume monograph, more than eighty of his projects are illustrated with spectacular photography, original design sketches, and text. Volume One features an essay by Safdie on his architecture and influences, and texts by Paul Goldberg, Peter G. Rowe, Witold Rybczynski and Michael Sorkin. The projects include his seminal Habitat project for the Canadian Expo '67, the National Gallery of Canada, Hebrew Union College and the restoration of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem; the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center in Los Angeles; housing in the US and Southeast Asia; and urban designs for Montreal, Senegal, and Singapore.
Volume Two features an essay by Safdie presenting his current thoughts on the significant issues facing architecture today. Accompanying it are texts by William Mitchell on the theme of a global practice responding to a wide range of varied local conditions, and by Thomas Fisher on Safdie's books, which hold as much interest and have been as influential as his buildings. Featured projects include the Salt Lake City Public Library, the Peabody Essex Museum and the US Institute of Peace, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the Rabin Center for Israeli Studies, and the new city of Modi'in in Israel; the Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex in India; and the Guangdong Science Center and the Guangdong Children's Palace in China.