Asia region’s leader in real estate, Singapore, saw the eighth PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Singapore on 12 October 2018. More than 300 guests gathered to celebrate the best developers, designs, developments, special awards, and the industry as a whole at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The most credible real estate industry awards in the island country were marked by diversity. Denise Keller, the emcee, not only presented new categories in design and construction, in building communities, and customer care, but she also welcomed the first-ever female head judge of the independent judging panel Lin Wenhui to the stage. Lin Wenhui is a partner at SPARKS Architects with more than 12 years of experience undertaking major national and international design and architectural projects for complex urban and master-planned development. Another first was the first-ever female Singapore Real Estate Personality of the Year who was acknowledged by PropertyGuru Group CEO Hari Krishnan. Celine Tang, group managing director of SingHaiyi Group received laurels for her company efforts in building world-class commercial and residential developments and breaking the glass ceilings for female CEOs within the industry. She is also known for incorporating smart technology into the built environment. As a title sponsor, we were happy to see that smarter and niche developments were big topics during the Propertyguru Singapore property awards this year. Singapore takes a leading role as a Smart Nation and its initiative to build a community empowers citizens through technology, networks, and data. The initiative is driven by its citizens, companies, and the government to improve community members’ life. This is a continuation and confirmation of the ‘All Things Connected’ discussion that took place at the KOHLER Design Forum Singapore in August and is building on Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmitt’s responsive city thoughts. Of the 30 accolades, a few stood out at the awards. The new categories comprising best in smart building development, best industrial green development, and best in industrial development confirmed that the industry is focusing on green building and sustainability and the market is recovering in 2018. Although end consumers are concerned of the affordability of real estate the advancements and changes in the development industry, integrating new telecommunications, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and big data are clear signs of recovery and strength. The winners of the new trophy for Public Facility are just an example for this transformation: Learning Forest @ Singapore Botanic Garden by Stephen Caffyn Landscape Design and Singapore Changi Airport (Terminal 4). The atmosphere at the Propertyguru Singapore property awards gala dinner was festive and enthusiastic with participants looking forward to a positive and strong market in 2019.
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