Architecture

Singapore’s NTU: Wood Construction Pioneer

Europe has led the way in recent years with some truly impressive wooden buildings, but Asia is fighting back. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has announced plans for an impressive US$130million, six storey academic building built from wood. It will be the largest in Asia.

Five Reasons to Stay at Villa Samadhi Singapore

While most tourists head to Singapore for its city attractions, there are those who are nostalgic about Singapore in the early days of the 20th Century. For these, the Villa Samadhi Singapore on the south of the island would fill a void or two. Mallika Naguran is pleasantly surprised with her ecotourism experience at a restored and responsible black and white bungalow that still tells the story of the British Singapore in the 1920s.

Thung Dap – Rebuilding with Sustainable Tourism

When a subsea earthquake generated a massive tsunami in 2004, thousands lost their lives and tens of thousands lost their livelihoods along the Khao Lak coast of Thailand. But today, sustainable tourism is well on the way to replacing – and enhancing – the lifestyles of some of the local people

Sustainable Living at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge in Bali

Making the right connections is what it takes to allow nature to provide for animals and people at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge. Mallika Naguran spent two nights in central Bali to learn how permaculture and ecotourism can go hand in hand in the heart of the forest.

LooLa Adventure Resort: Safer Water for All

LooLa Adventure Resort: Safer Water for All

Going beyond community building and renewable uses, LooLa resort finds a new way to prevent wastewater pollution with a simple but smart garden design, benefiting Indonesian residents in many ways. Mallika Naguran visits the resort in sunny Bintan to find out how.

Japamala Resort: Luxury Eco-living on Tioman

Back in the early 2000’s, Tioman Island was a prime destination for keen divers and budget travellers holidaying in Malaysia. But not much else: it was definitely right off the map for quality resort relaxation. Then, just over a decade ago, the Japamala eco-resort opened and showed Tioman was not just for backpackers. By Jeremy Torr

Cairns: Australia's Tropical Paradise

Cairns - The city is the ideal base to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests. Both of these most fascinating ecosystems are listed in the World Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

A Greener Philippines Through Zero Carbon Resorts

Global warming, an environmental threat unlike any the world has faced, is thought to be caused by an increase in the amount of greenhouse gases spewed into the atmosphere through human activities. So how do some resorts operate, without further harming mother nature? A review of two Phillipine resorts.

Eco-friendly Amarela Resort's Boholano Heritage

Eco-friendly Amarela Resort's Boholano Heritage

Committed to heritage and low impact hospitality services, Amarela Resort is a charming eco-resort perched on the Panglao Island coastline of the Philippines. An old Visayas art form - Boholano - is revived in a number of ways here, and the environment is given tender loving care as well, reviews Gaia Discovery.

Arkitrek Camp, An Architecture Summer School, To Design and Build In Borneo

Arkitrek Camp, an architecture summer school in Malaysian Borneo is now taking applications for a three-week camp in May 2011. The camp is aimed at developing young architects’ skills and experience. Malaysia-based British architect Ian Hall, director of Arkitrek is working together with volunteer organisation Camps International for hands-on design and construction in the environmentally and culturally-sensitive Malaysian state of Sabah.