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NUS School of Design and Environment

The SDE Bulletin

November 2012

Upcoming Events

"A Study of Dieter Rams' Design Principles" exhibition

Date & Time:
19 Nov - 3 Dec 2012

NUS Central Library

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“Equilibrium of Horizons” lecture by Datuk Ismail Ibrahim

Date & Time:
19 Nov 2012

Fullerton Hotel, Ballroom 1, Lower Lobby

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News & Highlights

Department of Building Organises Asia’s 1st CIB W099 International Conference

SDE’s Department of Building organised the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) W099 International Conference which was held in Singapore on the 10th and 11th of September. This was first time it was hosted in Asia.

With the theme on "Modelling and Building Health and Safety", the conference aims to provide insights into the most effective ways of improving the safety performance of the construction industries globally. Keynote speakers included experts from Australia, China, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and Singapore.

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Sun, Sand, Surf &… Architecture.

A dozen interesting structures appeared on the beach of Singapore's East Coast Park on 20 September. These utilitarian constructs by SDE’s Department of Architecture doubled up as changing rooms, shower rooms, bicycle stops, dining spaces, sunbathing areas and exhibition booths, which were accessible to the public.

The exhibits were erected from plywood by 162 Year 2 students under the guidance of their tutor, Mr Tsuto Sakamoto.

The purpose of the project was to allow the general public to look, use and enjoy these structures in the beach setting. Besides sporting designs that could be appreciated, safety was a key issue.

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Architecture Students Infuse A Little Jungle into the City

SDE Architecture students and Assistant Professor Raffaella Sini were inspired by the richness and beauty of Singapore’s own local flora to create a giant piece of art.

A temporary floating installation at Bras Basah MRT Station named ‘Fall’, depicts an imaginary flight of leaves which land on the MRT roof-pool. This location allowed the public to view the artwork from above (on ground level) and also below (in the train tunnel). The leaves’ shadows were therefore reflected underground and transformed into a ‘spaced’ to be experienced by visitors.

Children and families, inspired by the art work, created their own “Tropical Jungle” using collage, stamping methods and even real leaves!

Staff Achievements

Prof Heng Chye Kiang
Appointed to the editorial board of 城市设计杂志 (Modern Urban Design), a journal of urban design from China.

A/P Ng Wai Keen & Dr Imran Tajudeen
A/P Ng and Dr Imran Tajudeen were appointed as Members of the Planning Committee for the 2 day Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar on “Emerging Models of Planning Practices” in Singapore. The Seminar held 19 to 20 Jul at the Urban Redevelopment Centre (URA), was a collaboration of the URA, NUS, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

A/P Cheong Kok Wai, David
A/P Cheong was appointed as Vice-President (Research) of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) for a period of four years from 9 Jul 2012 to 8 Jul 2016.

A/P Fu Yuming
The paper by A/Prof Fu Yuming, Qian Wenlan (NUS) and Bernard Yeung (NUS) entitled “Transaction Tax: The double edged sword effects on price stability” won the Best Paper Award at the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC) Annual Conference held in Macau in July 2012.

A/P Joseph Ooi and Prof Ong Seow Eng
The paper by A/P Ooi, Prof Ong, W.C. Wong (NUS) and David Downs (Virginia Commonwealth University) entitled “Related Party Transactions, Wealth Expropriation and Firm Valuation: Evidence from REITs” won the manuscript prize in the Real Estate Investment category sponsored by the Education Foundation of the CCIM Institute. The paper was presented at the ARES Meeting held in Florida, USA in Apr 2012.

Student Achievements
Department of Building Student Awarded Kenneth K. Humphreys
Outstanding Paper on Project Management

Mr Ang Yu Qian (Project & Facilities Management, Year 4) was awarded the Kenneth K. Humphreys Outstanding Paper on Project Management for his paper entitled “Benefits and ROI of BIM for Multi-Disciplinary Project Management”. It was presented by the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) at the ICEC International Congress.

Beginning in 2008 at the 20th International Cost Engineering Congress, the International Cost Engineering Council initiated the Kenneth K. Humphreys Outstanding Paper Award to recognize papers in cost engineering, quantity surveying and project management which were authored by young professionals or students under the age of 36. Papers are nominated by ICEC Member associations and institutes and only one paper is selected from each category.

Industrial Design Student’s Fil’o Concept Nominated for James Dyson Award

Miss Jaren Liow Wei Ting’s (Industrial Design, Class of 2012) Fil’o was the Singapore winner and a global finalist for the James Dyson Award 2012; the only designer from Singapore to receive the honour.

Fil’o stemmed from Jaren’s realisation that a boy of a deaf couple she was teaching was unable to adapt to a normal hearing environment and had difficulty socialising as he entered primary school. That intrigued her to pursue the issue for her final year thesis project. She realised that a boy of a deaf couple she was teaching was unable to adapt to a normal hearing environment and had difficulty socialising as he entered primary school. That intrigued her to pursue the issue for her final year thesis project.

Her efforts resulted in the development of a kit called Fil’o, a concept comprising three items: a toy for the baby, a watch for the parent and a standing light for the room environment. The toy doubles up as a sound detector that picks up sound from the baby and transmits it to the watch. Depending on the volume of the cries, the watch vibrates with different rhythms and displays the information visually, alerting the parent about the child’s condition. For a parent more sensitive to light than vibration at night, the lamp can light up and blink to alert the care-giver.

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The Giving Spotlight

K H Tan Bursary Sharing Session

Mr Tan Kwang Hwee, Managing Director of Newsman Realty Pte Ltd and the donor of K H Tan Bursary, shared the insights from his professional and personal experiences and the spirit of giving during a recent meet-up session with the bursary recipients.

Miss Siti Khadijah Bte Amir, one of the bursary holders from Master of Architecture said, "Mr K H Tan is a great example of a person with persistence in whatever he does, the importance of giving and sharing, and, most importantly, implementing the correct principles of life no matter how high one's status is."

"Through Mr Tan's sharing session, I have learned about the different values he upholds which make him successful in life. Mr Tan's belief in giving is inspiring and it was a wonderful experience meeting him in person. I would like to thank Mr Tan for making this bursary possible," said another bursary recipient, Mr Loke Cheng Fatt Alvin from BSc (Project & Facilities Mgt).

K H Tan Bursary, funded by Mr Tan Kwang Hwee, is established to provide financial assistance to full-time undergraduate students at School of Design and Environment and Master of Architecture students at Department of Architecture. A total of 10 bursaries have been awarded this year.
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