Spark talks ‘green architecture’ on Channel News Asia

SPARK Director Stephen Pimbley was welcomed back to Channel News Asia’s ‘First Look Asia’ TV programme on Thursday 10 July 2014 – this time to discuss ‘green architecture’ on the occasion of World Population Day.

With the world’s population expected to reach 8 billion by 2024, pressure is mounting on the infrastructure within dense cities. The panel discussion focused on the role that can be played by sustainable architecture in easing that pressure.

Pimbley noted that we tend to have a reactive rather than proactive approach to the fact that people are moving to cities. ‘People say that in 50 years, 80 per cent of the world’s population is going to live in cities. Are we really planning for that?” he asked.

He mentioned the Singapore Government’s intention to build the world’s largest floating solar farm on one of its reservoirs – a great addition to a city that doesn’t have a lot of space, and an imaginative idea about how to use an available resource.

SPARK’s recent proposal for a floating hawker centre, the Solar Orchid, uses a similar idea as its basis explained Pimbley. The vision for self-contained, solar-powered hawker centre pods is also about social sustainability, he pointed out. “It’s about trying to add to the city and make it a bit more liveable,” he said, while also bolstering Singapore’s existing ‘makan [eating] culture’ and re-animating its once lively waterways.

The great thing about Singapore, said Pimbley, is that its size allows it to conjure with big-picture ideas relatively easily. Achieving sustainable outcomes is not impossible, he suggested; it just requires a proactive approach.