Here is a picture of the beautiful if slightly left-to-the-wild site I have inherited as my classroom and permaculture laboratory for the next seven weeks. The five ponds used to be linked up to the Honey Lanes Aquaponics system but now lie stagnant and overgrown, one pond in particular boasts a thick carpet of bright green grass that leaves no inch of the ponds surface exposed. The structure of the ponds is a deep central pond with a shallower ring around the outside separated by a lip. There are two solar panels on site, one seemed to be quite old and one in good condition attached to a pump.
Keeping me company on site were a brood of very happy looking chooks who seemed quite surprised to have a guest. I suspect it has been quite some time since they have had company of my sort in their territory. In fact, despite asking everybody I came across, I couldn’t find anyone who could recall when or why the site had been abandoned and it seemed that no living memory of its former glory survives.
BMW Subway Trains
BMW will be replacing current trains with new subway trains. With the exterior inspired from Kuala Lumpur architecture and the interior based on traditional Kuala Lumpur design.
Nusajaya Tech Park
Equipped with ‘environmentally-friendly, integrated business spaces and lush landscaped parks. The Nusajaya Park is ‘a long term, self-sustaining development with a balanced work-play community.’
Lenggong Valley Visitor Centre
The visitor center will be made from bamboo, which can be grown and cultivated on-site, and it will reintroduce heritage tropical forest’. The Visitor Centre is designed to get visitors into archaeology and the culture of the heritage site.
Designer: Citylab Design Studio
Green Diamond Building
An energy-efficient building that was awarded top prize at the ASEAN Energy Awards.
‘The diamond symbolizes transparency, value and durability [and] optimal design’
Designer: NR Architect
Rapid Transit System Link
An undersea transport system that links Malaysia and Singapore. A high-speed rail will go under the Johor Strait.
Aquafairy is a Japanese based company that develops electronic gadgets led by the president Mikio Aizawa. The company’s purpose is to rethink present design to create something new with current technologies. Their product AF-M3000 is a portable power supply for objects such as mobile phones and portable gaming devices. It’s based on a palm-sized hydrogen fuel cell that converts water to electricity using the fuel cartridge that is inserted.
Hydrogen Fuel technology has always been a serious contender for the race of sustainable energy systems and small developments like this product pave the way for future inventions that may power a car or even a house.
The Chinese city of Shenzhen recently commissioned the French firm Vincent Callebaut Architects to come up with an innovative and sustainable building solution for the growing metropolis. The result is this: The Shenzhen Asian Cairn Farmscraper project, an initiative consisting of six mix-used towers structured like a pile of rocks. Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, the buildings will provide space for residents, offices, shops, recreation — and as the name would imply, its own food.
Each farmscraper will consist of three interlacing eco-spirals of ‘pebbles’ which make their way up two large towers. The word ‘cairn’ describes piles of stones that are often used to identify hiking trails.
Consisting of two different sized wooden cups, a spike and a ball that is connected by a string to the centre, this traditional Japanese toy was known to be a common necessity in all hunting cultures for early childhood used for training of hand-eye coordination. Although Japan’s indigenous people invented the Kendama game (pulling the ball upward and catching it in one of the cups or aiming the hole of the ball on the spike) the toy was considered to derive from a European import. From this assumption, the design arrived in Japan via the Silk Road at around 1777. Today, the Kendama toy can be seen and used as a toy, purely for entertainment or skill development.
H&P Architects from Vietnam
The bamboo was chosen for the homes not just because it is plentiful in the region, but it is also versatile, durable as well as traditional. Bamboo frames, roofing and walls are arranged between long steel piles that secure the home during flooding, much like an anchored boat. The floor is elevated, which not only keeps animals out, but also makes room for a layer of recycled oil drums that serve as a float.
Vietnam’s tropical climate make it terrible when the heavy rain falls because it may cause flood which becomes a trouble of living such as danger to people, destruction to buildings and household appliance. But with the Bamboo floating houses, the cost of dealing with the flood decreased a lot.
You will receive the feedback from your draft submission on Monday for finalising your articles. Those who did not submit will not receive feedback. I will be at RMIT level 5 from 5-5.30pm so please come there to hand me hard copies if you did not in class today.
You are expected to:
- Incorporate changes
- Insert the articles into the formatted template (attached)
- Supply design files for collation into the book on the final submission
- Supply 2 printed versions of your articles (printed on to A4 double sided).
- Intro/Contents/Contributors/Map set up the same as last years
- A couple of excellent articles at the start on Australia’s relationship to Asia
- Paragraph/Font styles and layout – in template (attached)
- Chapters defined by country, starting from the closest to Australia then moving via next door neighbours
- Infographics at the start of each chapter
- Pictures of installations speckled throughout the book
- References at the end (make sure you put on a separate page in the indesign doc) for when I combine the file
- Follow the template layout – pick and choose from the template sample pages.
Submission – USB transfer
- Package your indesign file
- Export as an idml file
- Export/Print as a PDF
- Bring $35 for publishing the book
GOOD LUCK! Please email me with any questions or if you have further to clarify or add to the above.