Design & Build Review: Issue 18

In this issue: A new public space in the Thames Tunnel, turning abandoned urban spaces into farms, how gender mainstreaming has influenced city planning in Vienna, integrating energy generation into new building blueprints, big ideas for small interiors, and more.


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While retrofitting buildings to improve their energy efficiency has largely become the norm, a growing number of new projects have energy generation embedded in their design and architects are coming up with innovative ways of making sustainability look stylish. We take a look at pioneering projects to find out more.

We also find out how one of the entrances to London's historic Thames Tunnel is being transformed into a unique public space for arts and performances and explore the benefits of building urban farms in existing structures such as abandoned warehouses. City planners in Vienna tell us how they have applied the concept of gender mainstreaming to urban development to create equal living conditions, and Architect Eric Parry offers insights into the important of context for urban design in an excerpt from his new book Context: Architecture and the Genius of Place.

Plus, we take a look at smart interiors ideas that make the most out of shrinking urban living spaces, round up the latest in materials, fixtures and fittings, and head into the woods of Norway where design and engineering come together in a unique renewable power installation.

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In this issue

Stairway to the Past
The Thames Tunnel was the project on which Isambard Kingdom Brunel cut his teeth as a civil engineer. Now the Brunel Museum and architect Tate Harmer are transforming one of its entrance shafts into a unique performance space.
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New Life for City Spaces
An urban farm in London will use aquaponics technology to address the growing demand for sustainably grown food. Matt Burgess speaks to the owners about the potential of disused city spaces for the production of food using fewer resources.
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In Equal Measure
Gender mainstreaming promotes equal living and working conditions among men and women, and it's been happening in Vienna for over two decades. Margot Knight asks planner Eva Kail how gender mainstreaming in urban development has physically, socially and culturally impacted the city.
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The Genius of Place
Architect Eric Parry offers an excerpt from his book Context: Architecture and the Genius of Place, which explores the contemporary definition of context and its importance for sustainable everyday living and urban design.
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Energy Included
A growing number of building projects have energy generation incorporated into their design in stylish and innovative ways. Gary Peters speaks to Robert Ferry of the Land Art Generator Initiative and Studied Impact to learn more.
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Big Ideas for Small Spaces
As living space shrinks in big cities, the role that interior design can play in maximising space is becoming more important. So how can smart design be used to make the most of a limited floor plan? Chris Lo investigates.
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New In
The construction and design industry is forever producing new materials, fixtures and fittings. We profile some of the best new products from around the world that are available for projects.
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Into the Woods
Form and function come together in a project deep in forests of Norway that creates clean energy while also educating visitors about the process.
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Next issue preview

Design & Build Review is now published monthly with the next issue out in August.

We'll find out how the Living Breakwaters project is building a living protective zone against superstorms along the shores of New York's Staten Island, explore the B10 active house concept in Germany which increases the energy efficiency of surrounding buildings, and look at innovative designs for vertical farms - an increasingly popular farming concept for cities. Plus we'll speak to the architects celebrated in Roca London Gallery's exhibition "Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design" review the latest in materials, fixtures and fittings and much more.

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