February 27 - April 15, 2018, Austin Central Library Gallery
“Sustainability is an urgent issue. Our environment and climate are impacted by our actions, and we want to do what we can as architects to help improve the situation. We believe that design shouldn’t just look and feel good, but that it should do good too.”
—Mun Summ Wong and Richard Hassell, WOHA Co-Founders
In collaboration with Austin Central Library and Austin Parks Foundation, the Singaporean architecture firm WOHA is pleased to present “Garden City Mega City,” an exhibition highlighting sixteen built and unbuilt projects that put forward a sustainable vision for how cities should evolve in the 21st century.
In addition to immersive images, detailed architectural models and explanatory texts, the exhibition presents projects in the context of WOHA’s self-generated rating system, which creatively puts into action their methodology that social and environmental sustainability should be factored into any property investment formula, as tangible improvements to the quality of life—for a city and its residents—will dramatically increase a development’s value.
Highlighted works from WOHA’s research and practice include:
- Oasia Hotel Downtown: Completed in 2016, a 27-story tower in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District with over 1000% Green Plot Ratio, which recently won a 2017-2018 Global Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and is currently shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA International Prize.
- BRAC University: An innovative and sustainable inner city campus currently under construction in Dhaka, Bangladesh that exemplifies tropical design strategies and thereby creates two distinct programmatic strata for Academia and the Campus Park.
- Vanke Cloud City: Currently under construction, Vanke Cloud City is a one million square foot commercial development comprising three 65-story office towers configured around a central core and connected via twelve naturally ventilated 8-story ‘Sky Hills’.
- A complete list and description of all exhibited projects will be available at the exhibition.
Architects Mun Summ Wong and Richard Hassell founded WOHA in Singapore in 1994. As one of Southeast Asia’s preeminent architectural offices, WOHA has steadily grown its body of work and gained an international reputation for championing biodiversity, sustainability, and the local vernacular to design responsive building solutions for the city of tomorrow. They are the recipients of several prestigious prizes including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Aaron Ashmore, partner of Austin-based VRA Commercial Real Estate said, “Designing and building Austin as a living, breathing, architecturally progressive city is essential in this critical time in our growth cycle. We are a place of creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial spirit that has an opportunity to continue to evolve into a very well-thought-out built urban environment. On the heels of opening one of America’s most forward-thinking libraries, this exhibition offers our community a rare look into how social- and environmental- focused development across building types can elevate life and balance prosperity in Austin for many generations to come.”
Evan Caron, Swytch Co-Founder, and Austin resident said, “The Swytch team and I are honored to be supporting WOHA and the Austin Parks Foundation. At a time when renewable energy and the protection of our natural habitats are vital to a sustainable future, we are relentless in our efforts to align with like-minded organizations whose initiatives serve to the betterment of local communities and our planet. Austin is at the forefront of establishing sustainability targets and programs and we are happy to be the Presenting Sponsor for this exhibition amongst other local partners and sponsors."
To see a 15-minute video featuring drone footage of four built WOHA projects, watch http://bit.ly/2FpQoZ8
To see a short video featuring WOHA Co-Founders and previous installation at The Skyscraper Museum in New York City in 2016, watch: http://bit.ly/2CQlQ4D
To learn more about WOHA visit: www.woha.net