S’pore’s top young architects make green, sustainable designs part of their work

Keshia Faculin4 Dec 2017

View of ITE Ang Mo Kio, a vibrant and inspiring education environment to nurture creative learners and innovative workforce. (Photo: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers)

With the vision of creating spaces which are highly responsive to the tropical climate to allow members of the public to fully enjoy and perform within the buildings, Lawrence Ler of RSP Architects Planners & Engineers created the design for the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central, reported Today Online.

Officially opened in 2013, the school boasted the world’s biggest vertical green installation which served as heat buffers while giving it a unique identity.

“I believe that as an architect, I have the social responsibility to protect the environment we live in for our children and future generations,” said Ler.

“Global warming and resources depletion are real issues that we should not ignore, and every building we design can play a significant part to reduce the impact on our environment.”

The 39-year old architect emerged as one of 20 leading architects in Singapore featured in the ‘20 under 45: The Third Edition’ exhibition and a book that was curated by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), industry professionals and academics.

In concurring, Ho Tzu Yin of LAUD Architects – the designer of social service hub Agape Village at Toa Payoh – revealed that he always convinces his clients of the benefits of having a sustainable building.

DP Architects director Seah Chee Huang, who designed Our Tampines Hub, noted that sustainable, green and inclusive design is a “vital aspect” of his work, especially that land is scarce in Singapore.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong urged architects to be “innovative and strive for higher standards”. He also asked them to be involved in game-changing projects that will have a positive impact on Singaporeans.

“Poorly designed cities can easily become a high-rise concrete jungle that is stressful to live and work in. On the other hand, well-designed buildings, homes, neighbourhoods with greenery and public spaces can improve our well-being and happiness,” he said.


This article was edited by Keshia Faculin.


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