Southeast Asia (SEA) is booming. Collectively, the 11 nations make up the seventh largest economy in the world, with an annual gross domestic product of US$2.4 trillion. This is expected to almost double to US$4.7 trillion by 2020. By 2050, the regional bloc will become the fourth largest economy in the world. These figures compelled us to make the region the focus of our Annual this year. In addition to doing the obvious of identifying the architects and designers from SEA that should be on our radar, we have also put together a story on the opportunities available so you can leverage them. The main section of the Annual is the Country Focus, where we shine the spotlight on a trend, project, personality or even organisation that is making a difference in each of the Southeast Asian countries. For instance, mega mixed-use commercial projects are dominating the Thai capital with their innovative designs. In the southern part of the region, we examine how bamboo is becoming an increasingly important material in Indonesia.
d+a is a Singapore-based title established in 2001. We began as a bi-monthly print magazine and have since developed a digital presence too. Advocates of good design and architecture in Asia and Southeast Asia, we also champion Asian designers who are either trailblazing or up-and-coming. Our excellent relationship with the design and architecture community means we are among the first to publish newly-completed projects, and find out how they are done. These we curate to ensure that they are designed with purpose and intention to have a positive imprint on the built environment. Through in-depth features, we analyse the trends, technologies and ideas sweeping across the industry and their implications on the ecosystem.