THE ARCHITECTURE OF ASIAN GAMES VENUES.
We especially chose to focus on Gelora Bung Karno because it is a historic area in the development of Indonesia, and thus poses a unique challenge to design in conjunction with old and new. The directive of this issue is to foster appreciation towards architectural design, especially Gelora Bung Karno. We hope that the interviews and the design reviews presented in this issue can uncover the design process and thinking of Gelora’s renovation, allowing us to appreciate it even more.
The Architravel feature for this issue is also in line with the main theme: we report on the tour to show Modernist buildings in Jakarta, throughout the mASEANa Conference that was held in January 2018. We also reported on the excellent papers presented at that conference in our Architalk feature, along with several viewpoints from inside and outside the architectural world.
INSIGHT KEN YEANG
The Insight section for this issue is special, because we interviewed a significant architect hailing from Malaysia: Dr. Kenneth Yeang, or more amicably known as Ken Yeang to the architectural world. It was a challenge to interview Ken Yeang, because of the wealth of information that already exists about him, but we managed to hopefully present a side of Ken Yeang that is rarely known to the public through writings about the pioneer of eco-architecture.
In the Built Projects section, we have reviewed a selection of buildings that combine the old with the new, such as National Gallery Singapore by studioMilou,
Thailand Creative and Design Center by Department of ARCHITECTURE,
VUE Hotel by Ministry of Design. Architecturally acute buildings in the region are also featured, such as Alun-Alun Cicendo by SHAU and Suasana Putrajaya by TR Hamzah & Yeang. In line with the motto of the Asian Games – Ever Onward – may the architectural realm in Indonesia and Southeast Asia progress ever forward.