Dept. Architecture, National University of Singapore
Associate Prof Nirmal Kishnani combines 15 years’ experience in design practice with over a decade of research and teaching, scrutinising the space between frontline theories and drawing-board pragmatism. His book, Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture (2012), is regarded as the first major critique of Asia's Green building sector. Rejecting the incrementalism of Green again, his latest book, Ecopuncture: Transforming Architecture and Urbanism in Asia (2019) presents a new prism for design, one that seeks interconnectedness of human-made and natural systems. Since 2002, he has been a part of the sustainability conversation in Asia, advising projects and influencing policies that shape design practice. As Editor-in-Chief of FuturArc magazine, he created new platforms for reporting ideas and championing thought leaders. Dr Kishnani teaches sustainability at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, and is Programme Director of the Master of Science, Integrated Sustainable Design. He will be talking about ideas from his new book with examples of Ecopuncture in Asia.