Saturday, 22 December 2012

NP-RP on site: rivers, bays, marina

Assembly & IRDA showed 50 participants how South Johor (Iskandar Malaysia) is rejuvenated with forward economic planning, good infrastructure and inclusive growth. The participants from Ngee Ann Polytechnic & Republic Polytechnic learned about Economic Transformation Program and lessons learnt so far by stakeholders.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

FOCUS: waterfront* users of Iskandar Malaysia

The Straits of Johor or Tebrau Straits is the strait that separates the Malayan state of Johor to the north from Singapore to the south.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Integrated approach vital in facing urbanisation challenges

KUALA LUMPUR: In recognising the complexities of urbanisation challenges, government agencies, policymakers and industry players are formulating a more integrated approach to address the components of water, environment, waste and city planning solutions in a more holistic way.

Given the urgent need for cities around the world to address pressing urbanisation challenges, many multinational companies that are involved in urban solutions, water and waste industries are also moving into this space to provide modern integrated solutions, which are expected to be a major growth sector in future.

“Among developing economies in East Asia and the Pacific, Indonesia is the most
urbanised at 54%, and over the past four decades it had the fastest annual rate of urbanisation, which is about 4.2%.

“The spatial structure of urban growth and development will critically shape the rate and quality of economic growth over the next 15 years and this structure will determine the quality of life for urban dwellers.

Focusing on green initiatives and sustainability in the domestic front, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) senior vice president Boyd Dionysius Joeman said IRDA must play its part in ensuring that Iskandar Malaysia development region in southern Johor is developed in a sensible, timely and sustainable manner. Read more......

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Iskandar Learning Journeys (site visits, training & more)

Our partners and technical experts are conducting customized sessions and more.

Book a slot at

Here's a sampler of subjects covered in more details!
-Social & Inclusive Planning in Iskandar Regional Development
-Port Development and Operations
-Elements of Town Planning

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Tweet: Assembly@Raffles Girls School

Assembly team had good time mingling with past student participants from RGS, Singapore Sports School and Hwa Chong whilst manning a booth at the South East Asia Geography Teacher's conference. Our current "youngest future Mayor" award holder Sean from Sports School, certainly helped us show the link between Geography as a spingboard to many future jobs available in town planning, environmental science and GIS.

Monday, 19 November 2012

MDIS arriving in EduCity@Iskandar, Malaysia

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. In September 2008, MDIS set up its first overseas campus in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan in Central Asia, to offer world-class tertiary education to students from the Central Asia region. MDIS has representative offices in China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.  It is also represented by agents throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

MDIS inked a landmark deal with EduCity@Iskandar in June 2010 and is the first Singapore private tertiary institution to make its foray into Malaysia. The 30–acre new campus will be funded internally by MDIS. The first batch of students is expected to be enrolled in 2013.

UP 3D printer's techshop with Temasek Polytechnic

Affordable 3D printers for model makers and proto-typing! Axpert Global Pte Ltd and ASSEMBLY is starting a series of demo's and workshops, beginning with Temasek Polytechnic School of Design. or call 82227698 for a customized session.

   For more info see

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Join us at SEA Geography Association Conference: 27-29 Nov

ASSEMBLY team will be participating and talking to Geography teachers on how town planning has its roots in physical, human and social geography. Human settlement pattern, climatic and physical landscape adaptation for food cultivation, social systems, transport and logistics are some examples of baseline information needed for good planning. GIS, surveys and complex impact assessments make planning robust and real-time!

For more information, see

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Iskandar Learning Festival 01-07 Nov: ASSEMBLY's session

The Iskandar Learning Festival (ILF) is a weeklong super event with an estimated 3,000 festival delegates and 50 subject matter experts.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Assembly Participates in Johor Bahru Transformation Open Day

ASSEMBLY exhibits together with Iskandar Learning Festival at Johor Bahru Transformation Open Day from 12-14 Oct 2012 at Kotaraya Galleria. VIP Guests included Secretary State of Johor, YB Dato Obet Tawil; CEO of Iskandar Region Development Authority, Dato Ismail Ibrahim; Chief Police of Johor Dato Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff; CEOs of major property developers in Iskandar region such as UM Land, JCorp, Iskandar Waterfront Development and more.

For more snapshots, visit us at our facebook page

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Assembly joins Iskandar Sustainability Framework! supports ASSEMBLY! is the leading online platform for Asia Pacific’s cleantech & sustainable business community. provides news & opinion, plus these free services: company & product directories, project listing, case study showcase, green jobs board, events calendar, partner & investor linking, research library, press release marketing & social media promotion.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Assembly gears up with I LOVE JB online team

' I LOVE JB ' is a mass campaign movement towards instilling the pride and ownership towards Johor Bahru city.This movement needs the participation from the public who resides in Johor Bahru city, the private sectors, and the local government.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Iskandar Regional Development Authority partners ASSEMBLY!

The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is a Malaysian Federal Government statutory body tasked with the objective of regulating and driving various stakeholders in both public and private sector towards realising the vision of developing Iskandar Malaysia into a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Institute of Sultan Iskandar supports ASSEMBLY!

ISI is an independent non-profit making research and development company specializing in planning and development, serving the Government, private sector and the university. Gazetted as an approved Institution, ISI operates within the UTM campuses in Skudai, Johor and Kuala Lumpur. Institute Sultan Iskandar is a company limited by guarantee. With an initial endowment from His late Majesty Almarhum Sultan Iskandar of Johor, the company was established in 1991 by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, in collaboration with the World Council on Tall Buildings Urban Habitat of the United States of America.

Monday, 30 July 2012

National Library Board supports ASSEMBLY!

NLB oversees both the National Library as well as the Public Libraries. By international convention, the functions of these two kinds of libraries are distinct and well-differentiated. The NLB's mission is to provide a trusted, accessible and globally-connected library and information service through the National Library and a comprehensive network of Public Libraries. Also under its management are 31 libraries belonging to government agencies, schools and institutions. Through its innovative use of technology and collaboration with strategic partners, NLB ensures that library users have access to a rich array of information services and resources that are convenient, accessible and relevant.

Planning a Clean & Green Waterfront 2013: Iskandar Malaysia

The narrow straits between Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore is currently getting busier with waterfront projects from Container Ports, Marina, Waterfront Homes, Bulk Port, Petrochemical refinery on the Malaysian side; and Nature Reserves, Water catchment, Fish Farms, Residential and Recreational projects on the Singapore side. We're getting students to start thinking of a greener, cleaner and better ideas to manage this activities, projects and pipeline plans.

Start working, spread the word, Download our posters, banners and more on the upcoming 2013 competition, Planning a Clean and Green Waterfront - Iskandar Malaysia.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Making A Difference - Radio938 Live, recording of interviews

Hi Gals and Guys

If you missed the interviews, we've captured some and you can hear it here!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Participants are on Air - Catch them on Radio938Live - Making A Difference

The following will be featured from Tuesday – Friday from April 3rd.
Air times : 6.45am, 11.45am, 1.45pm, 8.50pm
Tuesday -  Rae Teo of Rafles Girls School,Cat A (Secondary Schools) Champion
Wednesday - Sarah Tan Ruiqi of Raffles Institution, Cat B (Junior Colleges) Champion
Thursday - Adrian Ang of Temasek Polytechnic, Cat C (Polytechnics) Champion
Friday -  Neeti Relan of DPS International,  voices from our international community

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Planning a Clean & Green Township 2012 - Hanoi's Old Quarter

Category A
 Champion - Raffles Girls' School ( Secondary )
1st Runner Up - Hwa Chong Institution (Scondary )
2nd Runner Up - United World College S.E.A, Team 1 ( Middle School )

Category B
Champion - Raffles Institution Junior College
1st Runner Up - Anglo Chinese Junior College

Category C
Champion - Temasek Polytechnic
1st Runner Up - Ngee Ann Poly Team 1
2nd Runner Up - Nanyang Polytechnic

Special Individual /Team Awards:
Most Creative Prototype Township - River Valley High, Team < Une Nouvelle Hanoi >
Most Touching Storyteller - Shaun Teo, Singapore Sports School
Most Sizzling Pitch - Levonne Goh, River Valley High
Judges' Pick - Tan Xing Jie, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Youngest Future Mayor - Christopher Chew, Hwa Chong Institution

Our Young Urban Planners At Work!

Our young urban planners did excellent throughout the competition! The model making competition saw their teamwork and knowledge on eco town planning. Great work!

Monday, 19 March 2012

We've gone to the Malls...


If you are looking for us, we (township models) have gone malling. Here's where you'll find us:
March 18 - Apr 1 - Central @ Clarke Quay
Apr 2 -Apr 16 - West Coast Plaza
Apr 17 -Apr 22 - TBC
Apr 23- Apr 29- Square2
Apr 30 - May 13 - Orchard Central

Activistar Semi Finals 2012 competition on YouTube

Enjoy watching our in-house production of the the semi finals. Go to

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Finals-Judging Criteria for Township Prototype making

Hey Youth Leaders!

If you're been told that you will be at the Science Centre on Sunday, March 18th, 2012, then you probably don't want to miss this important piece of information on what the judges will be looking out for :

Primary Emphasis 60%
1. Condensation of ideas ( 1-20pts )
2. Translational effectiveness ( 1-20pts )
3. Suitability of selected media ( 1-20pts )

Secondary Emphasis 30%
1. Craftmanship (1-10pts)
2.Technical gizmos (1-10pts)
3. Quality of media  (1-10pts)

X-Factor 10%
Unique and Appealing  ( 1-10pts )

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Finals - JUDGES

Urban Planners!
If your team does well and manage to secure a spot in the Finals, then here are the judges that you have to impress!

Mr.Tay Lim Heng
CEO, Keppel Integrated Engineering

Professor Tan Wee Hin, Leo
DBS Director(Special Projects); Professor at Faculty of Science NUS

Professor Pang Eng Fong            
Professor of Management at SMU

Mr.William Henry Clune                
Asst.Director, Sustainable Earth Office, NTU

Mr.Dinesh Naidu                         
Manager, Centre for Liveable Cities

Dr.Sharon Siddique
Director, Sreekumar Siddique
We wish all finalist the best of luck!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Guidelines for Semi-Finals Multi-Media Presentation

Semi-Final: Multi-Media Proposal Presentation Guidelines  
  1. Focus   > Ideas and points are very clear and consistent
  2. Organisation  > The sequence is very clear and logical
  3. Evidence & Elaboration   > Abundant evidence and oral elaboration
  4. Style   > Layout, font type and colours are very attractive, consistent and appropriate for the purpose. >  Images/video/audio clip added tremendous clarification to the issue
  5. Language  > Tense, grammar and word choice are precise
  6. Presentation Skills  > Always elaborate on the points.  > Never falter when responding to questions from the judges.

Friday, 6 January 2012

From the practitioner's perspective - field trips come alive

Teams who missed the first workshops in November had another shot at a seminar conducted at the premises of Raffles Institution Junior College. Teams from the Singapore Sports School, Raffles Institution JC and Raffles Girls Secondary braved the morning lecture session followed by an organised excursion in the afternoon. The big yellow coach that we hired had many vacant seats left. What a pity that many participants just couldn't join us that morning.

Those who missed the field trip missed a good thing! We visited the Land Transport Authority with its interactive gallery, the Marina Barrage and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Crowning off the day was the visit to JEM project office of Lend Lease. Sustainability Manager, Paul gave an inspiring and soul searching talk about what sustainability meant and how it is put into practice in their buildings , namely at 313@Somerset, recipient of BCA's Green Mark platinum award. The new upcoming JEM touted as Asia's biggest ever mixed-used retail mall in Jurong, aims at being sustainable and energy efficient.

We look forward to another discussion with Paul at 313@Somerset. Keep your eyes peel for another special workshop!