Through strategic acquisitions over the past five years, the Surbana Jurong Group has grown its architecture teams into a global practice of over 1,000 architects, design and planning specialists

Sino-Sun, B+H, SAA, SJ architecture, SJ Township each have their unique identity, heritage and specialisations. In a move to learn from each other and encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas, these teams have come together and started the SEEDS movement, so named to reflect the desire of the Surbana Jurong Group to Enrich, Engage, Discover and Share among the architects in 40 countries, covering North Asia, ASEAN, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, the Pacific region, the United States and Canada.

Starting in 2021, their perspectives on all things architectural are published twice-yearly in the SEEDS magazine.

In the inaugural issue, learn how:

1. Southeast Asia’s first new-build net-zero energy building, the NUS School of Design and Environment 4 (SDE4), cut the use of air-conditioning and got the building to produce its own energy.

2. The Shenzhen’s Children Hospital is designed to bring joy, wonder and healing.

3. Just as big battleships cost a lot to build but were easy targets for unseen submarines, how can super hospitals adapt to an invisible, fast-evolving enemy in the Covid-era and not go belly-up like the bloated battleship?

4. JTC Bulim Square, a future-proofed tech park, makes a smart benchmark for industrial park design.

5. Architects are adding green pockets to public areas to accommodate social distancing. How will this change design?

6. The waterfront eco-park at Yazhou Bay, Sanya combines three sensitive eco-systems of wetland, coast and river in a way that protects the bay’s ecology.