An interesting article that gives an overview on why some of us in tropical climates like Singapore wear layers to keep us warm in super cold offices. “Today I’ve got two sweaters, a scarf, ear coverings, gloves and a blanket over my lap,” Rebecca Miller, a 27-year-old academic adviser at Tennessee State University in Nashville, said last week as temperatures barely ticked above 50 degrees in her office while outside it was 20 degrees or lower in the daytime. Office developments are built with centralized heating systems that make the buildings suitable for a range of uses over many years. The down side is that they provide little climate control to individual tenants — sometimes purposely, said Professor Lam Khee Poh, Architecture professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Prof Lam is also the current dean of the National University of Singapore, School of Design & Environment. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/01/09/cold-office-temperatures/
The Sunday Times speaks to three of the 20 rising young architects whose works are being showcased by the URA and one of them is NUS School of Design & Environment alumna, Mr Seah Chee Huang.
Mr Seah says: "Architecture, when driven by clear purpose, can be a powerful vehicle to effect positive social changes, shape minds and behaviours, and purposefully impact the everyday life of our community."
Like many Singaporeans, he grew up in a public housing estate and with different communities - which informed his interest in the social impact of architecture.
Dean of the NUS School of Design & Environment, Professor Lam Khee Poh was invited to share on biophilic design in a Straits times article this week.
"While research has linked green buildings to positive effects on people's health, more studies are needed to determine the link between biophilic design and patient recovery in healthcare settings. But these studies are limited as few hospitals worldwide have such designs."
Prof Lam thinks there is a good chance that biophilic design can have a lasting impact on health.
"To me, it's not so much the cost but what value are you getting out of it. If you invest well, you're going to get the returns many, many times over," he said.
Catch a recorded live interview of Dr. Shah Kwok Wei, Asst. Professor at NUS School of Design & Environment, Department of Building on Channel 8 news and current affairs program, "Hello Singapore". In this special feature of 'Smart Nation', Dr. Shah was invited to speak on the concept, design and user benefits behind 'Smart Green Homes'. Dr. Shah also shared briefly on the progress of the NUS-CDL Smart Green Home project.
Congrats to NUS Division of Industrial Design (NUSDID) alumnus Kevin Chiam for being highlighted as honourable mentions for the Inaugural Progress Prize — which celebrates the next generation of design — and coming in top 10 out of 200 submissions from 92 universities at the 2017 Dubai Global Grad Show!
Projects by Alex, and Xin Yuan, also NUS School of Design & Environment DID alumni, were also featured at the show.
And a big thank you to Head of Division of Industrial Design, Assoc. Professor Christian Gilles Boucharenc and Senior Designer Mr. Willie Tay who led the trio to take part in one of the world's most emerging design show case.
The annual CoreNet Global Symposium Singapore Chapter has concluded yesterday, 1 November 2017 at the Marina Mandarin Hotel. This year, CoreNet Global has invited NUS Real Estate students to form a panel forum. The topic is “New Technology & the Impact on CRE – Blockchain & Tokenisation”. The panel comprises Mr Neil Salton, Managing Director of Changeworq who is also the facilitator; Mr Tan Kok Keong – Co-founder of Fundplaces; Dr. Davin Wang – Lecturer from NUS Department of Real Estate; and 3 NUS Real Estate undergraduate students – Bui Ha Van Huong (Pam), Lai Choon Huong and Matthew Choo Jia Chen.
Yu Shi Ming, an associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Real Estate, has been a don for more than 35 years. He is fondly called “Prof” by his former students, even though some of them are already middle-aged, in top management positions and left school more than 20 years ago. “That is why I have remained an academic for so long,” says Yu. “One of my greatest satisfactions is seeing my former students doing well in the industry.”