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‘In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. By Time, indeed humanity is in a state of loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of truth and in the mutual teaching of patience’ (Surah al-`Asr, 103:1-3)
"Professional Architect lives almost by faith. When called upon he can do the job without fear or favour. He possesses aspecialized skill and lives by a code of ethics cloaked in honour andintegrity. He is expected to speak his mind and give his views. Whenfaced with absolute wrong, he can resolutely disagree and walk away." quote from THE PROFESSIONAL MAN by Ar Dr Tan Loke Mun PRESIDENT PAM

Wednesday, 23 January 2008


It's a CPD seminar again! This time around I was introduced to a product that specifies something that is rather scary to hear but interesting to understand. Welcome to a new specification criteria "cradle to grave". It sounds like the film Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003). It might excite and intrigue others to it when they heard a seminar title similar to a movie but unfortunately without the beautiful Angelina Jolie. However this "cradle to grave" is actually one of the techniques in LCA (Life Ciycle Assestment)

Cradle-to-grave is the full Life Cycle Assessment from manufacture ('cradle') to use phase and disposal phase ('grave'). For example, trees produce paper, which is recycled into low-energy production cellulose (fiberised paper) insulation, then used as an energy-saving device in the ceiling of a home for 40 years, saving 2,000 times the fossil-fuel energy used in its production. After 40 years the cellulose fibers are replaced and the old fibres are disposed of, possibly incinerated. All inputs and outputs are considered for all the phases of the life cycle.

At the end of the session, it refreshed my understanding of the concept of sustainability which I'd studied in the university. Similarly, the intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) in her movie has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box and this seminar opens it own Pandora's Box to architectural discovery. It lifted my imagination on the future possibility of architectural design and hope to open the secrets formula to make the world a better place to live. Just make sure it doesn't fall into the hands of an evil architect !

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