No 108

The themes of technology, heritage and conservation make their presence felt this issue. On the tech front, the feature story lists some of the latest tools that architects and designers can add to their kit to improve the way they work, and benefit the environment and the people utilising those spaces. On the heritage and conservation front, the second feature story covers in depth how Bangkok is borrowing these elements to revitalise the banks of the Chao Phraya. Warehouses, shophouses and even the city’s grand dame, the Mandarin Oriental hotel, are undergoing adaptive reuse and being updated. In Singapore, a shophouse along Blair Road has been beautifully restored. Read how its architect Terence Quah had to overcome unexpected several roadblocks posed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Found in the People section is Chooake Wongwattanasilpa who heads the user experience and design division of DBS Bank. He sheds light on design thinking and in a complementary story on the d+a website, shares how architects can enter the field too.

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