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Guide to green building in Asia now available in Bahasa Indonesia

Foundation and Holcim Indonesia offers free translation of “Greening Asia”

“Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani is one of the standard handbooks for building professionals, developers, operators, and academia. It aims to encourage sustainable design that addresses the diverse needs of the region and its people by reporting on over 30 recent projects throughout Asia that go “beyond green”. 

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and Holcim Indonesia co-sponsored the translation into Bahasa Indonesia. The translation is available free of charge as PDF – in an effort to extend the reach of this important book and encourage the integration of sustainability at the drawing board of Indonesian designers.



Approach to Greening is fragmented and cautious at best

Author Nirmal Kishnani is Assistant Dean of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Chief Editor of FuturArc, a journal focused on green architecture in Asia. He created the analysis and case studies to support an urgent re-think of the way Asia builds. “We do not do enough to mitigate impact nor do the conventions of Greening address the diverse needs of the region and its people. Asia must get past the current market-driven approach towards a meaningful roadmap of sustainability,” says Nirmal Kishnani.

For the benefit of the next generation

Nirmal Kishnani is an Ambassador of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction and a member of the competition’s jury for Asia Pacific in 2017. The LafargeHolcim Foundation and Holcim Indonesia, together with the author decided to make the translated version of “Greening Asia” available for free. The translation is especially beneficial for the next generation of Indonesia’s architects, engineers, and building professionals.

Book launch in Jakarta and Bandung

VIDEO: LafargeHolcim Awards Roadshow and Greening Asia (…The new translation was celebrated at two book launch events in Jakarta and Bandung. Nirmal Kishnani encouraged the audience to participate in the LafargeHolcim Awards. The competition features a Next Generation category for the visionary concepts and projects and an early stage of design by young professionals and students.

Entries in the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards will close on March 21, 2017. The competition seeks projects at an advanced stage of design from the fields of architecture, building and civil engineering; landscape and urban design; as well as materials, products and construction technologies. More information on: www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/intro

Download “Greening Asia” PDF (Bahasa Indonesia version) for free


Book description and order/download

Greening Asia: Emerging principles for sustainable architecture

Nirmal Kishnani

In the past decade Asia’s building sector has slowly come around to the idea of the Green building. Despite a steep rise in the number of certified buildings, the approach to Greening is fragmented and cautious at best. The Asian Green building does not do enough to mitigate impact nor do the conventions of Greening address the diverse needs of the region and its people. An urgent rethink is needed.

Asia must get past the current do-less-harm approach –often coupled with a case for short-term returns – towards long-term, local- and community-specific outcomes. The author investigates over 30 recent projects, extracting from them six principles for sustainable architecture that are Asia-centric and scalable.

This book is a must-have guide for building professionals, developers and operators – essentially any stakeholder in Asia’s building industry – and a reference text for academia. The well-illustrated layout will also appeal to the non-technical reader interested in the rising tide of Green in Asia.

Order your English copy here (print edition): https://bci-media-group.myshopify.com/collections/other-books/products/greening-asia/


Menghujaukan Asia: Bangkitnya prinsip-prinsip arsitektur berkelanjutan

Nirmal Kishnani

Dalam dasawarsa terakhir, sektor bangunan Asia secara perlahan menerima gagasan bangunan Hijau (Green). Meskipun terjadi kenaikan tajam dalam jumlah bangunan tersertifikasi, pendekatan terhadap Menghijaukan/Penghijauan (Greening) menjadi sangat terfragmentasi dan berhati-hati. Bangunan Hijau di Asia belum cukup mengurangi dampak, pun konvensi-konvensi mengenai Penghijauan belum cukup menangani beragam kebutuhan daerah dan penduduknya. Pemikiran kembali sangat diperlukan.

Asia harus melangkah lebih dari sekadar pendekatan saat ini yang ‘tidak terlalu merugikan’ – yang seringkali disertai imbal balik jangka pendek – dan menyasar pada hasil jangka panjang yang bersifat local dan bertumpu pada masyarakat. Penulis meneliti lebih dari 30 proyek baru-baru ini dan menyarikan enam prinsip arsitektur berkelanjutan yang Asia-sentris dan terukur. Buku ini adalah sebuah panduan yang wajib dimiliki para profesional bangunan, pengembang, operator dan pemangku kepentingan lainnya dalam industri bangunan di Asia.

Buku ini juga merupakan teks acuan bagi para akademisi. Tata letak yang tergambar dengan baik juga akan mengundang pembaca nonteknis dan siapa saja yang tertarik pada pasang naiknya arsitektur Hijau di Asia.

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Last Updated: February 15, 2017
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