A brush (or two) with death didn’t slow Professor Lui Pao Chuen down. Having seen engineering in Singapore grow from nuts and bolts to big data, the former Chief Defence Scientist and now Advisor to the Ministry of National Development is still eager to see our engineering capabilities reach new heights.
➜ Read the full story in the Public Service Division’s Challenge
Whether it is rethinking the workplace, charting the future of farming or redesigning postal services of tomorrow, four disruptors are defying space constraints and show us nothing is impossible.
➜ Read the full story in the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Skyline (7/2017)
From smart phones to smart televisions—and now, smart cities—it is amazing how “intelligent” the world has become in recent years. “Smart” is the trendiest pre-fix in the world today, replacing “i” from the turn of the millennium when technology firm Apple revolutionised the market with its iMac and iPhones.
While “i” for Apple meant “internet”, at the heart of today’s technological revolution is all about “intelligence”. This convergence of networked technologies in architecture and industrial design has resulted in “smart buildings” and the “internet of things” (IoT) respectively, two buzzwords that sum up genuine opportunities for the industry in the coming years. But there is also the fear that architects and designers go out of control. Everything can be digitally connected one day, but they don’t all need to be so.
➜ Read the full column in CUBES #87 (August/September 2017)