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Monash University releases details of foreign campus in Indonesia


Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has released further details of its first foreign university campus in Indonesia, after it secured official legal status and a licence to operate from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

A lease has been signed for the Yayasan Monash University Indonesia, known as Monash Indonesia, on its Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) City location, southwest of Jakarta.

Monash University senior pro vice-chancellor (Southeast Asia Partnerships) Professor Andrew MacIntyre said that plans will now go ahead to design a purpose-built campus in a modern and sustainable city centre following the lease signing.

MacIntyre said: “The BSD City location was selected as it best represents Monash’s own goals: to be connected to industry, in close proximity to innovative companies and other Indonesian universities, highly environmentally sustainable, and create a real precinct of work, recreation and lifestyle around the campus.”

The new environmentally friendly Indonesia campus at Green Office Park 9 (GoP9) will be digitally advanced and house an innovative digital library.

Monash University president and vice-chancellor professor Margaret Gardner said: “This campus will be working closely with industry in Indonesia. It was essential that Monash Indonesia was located in the hub of industry to ensure our students had access to employers, employment opportunities and industry leaders.”

The next phase of the development will involve work on the design of the campus, as well as staff recruitment

Image: The BDS Green Office Park southwest of Jakarta will be home to the Monash Indonesia campus. Credit: Monash University.


BAM starts construction on CEG’s EQ development in Bristol

BAM has started main construction work on Commercial Estates Group’s (CEG) 200,000ft² EQ development in Bristol’s city centre in the UK.

The company has been appointed to deliver the eight-storey glass construction at 111 Victoria Street, which has been designed as a Smart Tech-enabled building.

Designed by architect Aukett Swanke with sustainability, amenity, health and well-being at its core, the building will feature fewer touchpoints, increased air changes and air quality sensors to accommodate requirements created by the Covid-19  pandemic. 

IThe EQ building will provide amenities such as a rooftop bar, restaurant and business lounge with a communal terrace, ground floor café kitchen and a 50-seat auditorium, in addition to a fitness suite and break-out space.


GTIS Partners begins construction on build-to-rent community in Arizona

 GTIS Partners has started construction on a single-family build-to-rent community at a master-planned development called Cadence in Mesa, Arizona, US.

Cadence is owned by GTIS and Harvard Investments and has more than 2,200 units. With the new phase, 197 rental homes will be added to the mix of for-sale housing and community retail, which have been developed over the past eight years.

Designed to offer both single-family and multi-family living, the new phase represents the company’s focus on theground-up development of rental communities.

The single-storey homes and private backyards are within a fully designed gated community with on-site management and amenities, including a pool and fitness centre .


Autodesk to improve offerings for architects with Spacemaker acquisition

Software provider Autodesk has agreed to acquire Norwegian architect software developer Spacemaker for $240m in cash.

Oslo-based Spacemaker facilitates early-stage design decision making for architects, urban designers, and real estate developers through Cloud-based, artificial intelligence (AI), and generative design.

Through the deal, Autodesk aims to expand its products for architects and provide them with the ‘automation superpower’ to test design concepts and create more sustainable spaces and cities. The addition of Spacemaker’s platform will enable the company to speed up outcome-based design capabilities for architects.

Autodesk CEO and president Andrew Anagnost said: “Spacemaker is a lesson in the power of insights and automation, giving designers the ability to create and test urban design ideas in minutes. With two billion more people expected to call our planet home by 2050, speed of design and sustainability in urban planning must be priorities. Spacemaker technology offers a fundamental shift in how we imagine and build cities to keep people and the planet healthy.”

Spacemaker CEO and co-founder Havard Haukeland added: “Autodesk shares our goal to create a healthier planet for everyone and is uniquely positioned to more rapidly place our product in the hands of planning teams everywhere. This is a proud milestone for our team and those who supported us from the start.”