Watch our feature on how termites can help cool our buildings in tropical Singapore in Singapore’s Channel News Asia TV show Mind Blown: Nature.
Read how Good Design Research is supporting local designers by marrying research and design.
Read a feature of how the GDR team is referencing everything from termite mounds to elephant skins and ears and Namib beetles to solve the challenges of our tropical built environment.
24 March 2022
bioSEA launched its first biomimicry design toolkit newsletter today to advance the application of biomimicry in the built environment in the tropics.
This initiative is supported by the DesignSingapore Council’s Good Design Research (GDR) initiative and specifically addresses thermal comfort for tropical building facades.
29 April 2022
Text: Our second Biomimicry Design Toolkit newsletter was delivered on 29 April. Focused on the termite mounds, it showcases how cool termite mounds are and how they have inspired bioSEA and the team to design a unique wall panel ventilation system.
Factory in a forest: Reimagining Singapore’s industrial landscape
Reimagining the industrial estates of the future as circular yet biodiverse and liveable needs some bold and unconventional thinking, especially in how we apply nature-based solutions.
Most people think of manufacturing industries and biodiversity as two ends of the sustainability spectrum. Do they have to be opposites or could they be synergistic?
With other tutors, bioSEA’s director Anuj guided students from the National University of Singapore’s Integrated Sustainable Design studio students to integrate nature-based solutions in redesigning the Sungei Kadut estate in Singapore.
The designs are out in a shining new book with support from the JTC. Kudos to Nirmal Kishnani, Dr Swinal Samant, and Mun Summ for leading the overall studio and to co-authors Dreiseitl Herbert and Celine Tan for authoring our vision of a new blue & green infrastructure.
Dubai Expo SG Pavilion
Dubai Expo SG Pavilion wins Gold Award: Carbon capture & cooler climates
You see the Green. We Measure it.
bioSEA worked with WOHA Architects to measure the ecosystem service performance of the vegetation at the Singapore pavilion which won a Gold Award at the World Expo in Dubai. We found that the vegetation sequesters 61 tons of Carbon diOxide over its lifespan. It is also 2.66 times more effective than Dubai’s desert vegetation in sequestering carbon over a similar area.
Curated garden or curated wild: Singapore
The acceptance of wild nature over curated nature seems to be growing in Singapore.
bioSEA’s study of Kampung Admiralty showed that the development had a higher level of species diversity (across animal groups, except birds) than 2 of its nearby neighbourhood parks. This was particularly true for insects. Wildflower patches thrived at the rooftop community gardens at Kampung Admiralty. This attracted bees, butterflies, and many other beautiful insects.
Research and Opinion
Singapore’s green awakening conversation
Our former design & research associate, Celine Tan, was featured in an article about Singapore’s green awakening about how urban development can be better aligned to ecology in Singapore and beyond.
Wildlife and urban co-existence through landscape design
Read our new publication published in the Journal of Urban Ecology titled “Landscape design approaches to enhance human-wildlife interactions in a compact tropical city”. This collaboration with bioSEA’s director Anuj and National University of Singapore’s Assoc/Prof Yun Hye Hwang outlines 12 design strategies to encourage designers and planners to strengthen the links between wildlife and urban dwellers and promote wildlife conservation within cities.