The logical sequence of works from a planner’s viewpoint starts with planning at a macro or city scale, followed by urban design when layers of details are added, and completed with the architectural design at a smaller building scale. However, a reversed sequence could often be the case. Smaller-scale neighbourhoods or building developments that are carried out without a coordinated macro-scale master plan will cause patchy developments and often result in urban chaos. Therefore, it is necessary to coordinate the roles and contributions of the three stages.
The rapid growth of population, the way we move around the planet, the way we live, work and play, profoundly impact infrastructure development and the way we design. But at the heart of any project is the local culture and climate that imbues our designs with the spirit of the place.
The project is designed to become a focal point of maritime innovation and decarbonisation, supporting Maritime Singapore to capture new opportunities through connectivity, capabilities and careers. It will be segmented into three zones—research; collaboration; and public recreation—each dedicated to a discrete purpose. The research cluster will drive innovation and spur collaborative research through its shared facilities and infrastructure.
Located at the cross junction of Robinson Road and Maxwell Road, 79 Robinson Road is home to many fast-growing corporations. Standing at 29 levels with over 500,000 square feet of Grade-A office space, the building anchors visually striking architecture with quality building materials and technology.
Located in Singapore’s Central Business District where high traffic flow is anticipated, Waa Cow! is expected to have a mix of customers ranging from the working crowd to young adults. The biggest challenge of the project was the odd-shaped layout of the space. To overcome this, a feature bar counter was built in the centre of the restaurant, which stands out prominently.
As Singapore moves towards reopening its economy, work in the construction sector is quickly ramping up to pre-pandemic levels. At the same time, issues like labour shortage, material shortages, supply chain disruptions and increased costs—challenges that could threaten WSH at the work sites—still linger. At this juncture, it is critical for the entire construction industry to take collective action to ensure that WSH remains a priority despite the challenging operating environment.
The construction industry’s fatal workplace injury rate has declined by 76 per cent since 2006, with major changes such as the introduction of the WSH Act and Construction Safety Audit Scoring System (ConSASS) in 2006; the start of bizSAFE and the enhancement of the Construction Safety Orientation Course (CSOC) in 2007; the enactment of the WSH (Design for Safety) Regulations in 2015; and the introduction of other initiatives and regulatory changes.