Design & Build Review: Issue 23

In this issue: the plan to overhaul Moscow's Riviera, designing with air quality in mind, a potential refugee housing solution, overhauling Paddington, concrete plus and much more


Design & Build Review 23

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In this issue we consider the challenge that is housing the growing number of refugees, and ask if a project to provide cheap housing for Viennese students could be the answer. Plus we look at the career of architect and humanitarian Shigeru Ban, known for his remarkable use of cardboard in structures.

We also find out how increasingly stringent air tightness rules for modern housing is leading to poor indoor air quality, and ask award-winning architect Paul Farren how this can be avoided.

There's also a look at a project set to transform one of Moscow's industrial districts into a retail-rich Riviera, as well as a profile of the upcoming scheme to transform London's Paddington station.

Innovations in building materials are bringing new and exciting products to market in droves, and when it comes to concrete, there's a lot to choose from. We look at the array of hybrid concrete materials now available, and consider how they can be used.

With environmental design as big of an issue as ever, the Architects' Council of Europe outlines what needs to be done to make the European Union's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive a genuine driver of sustainable design.

Plus there's an extract from Virginia McLeod's book Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture, as well as the latest materials, fixtures and fittings.

As always, the issue is available to read for free on iPad through our app, or on a desktop computer using our web viewer.

In this issue

From Crisis to Crisis
With current action in the Middle East predicted to make the ongoing refugee crisis even worse, Daniel Davies asks whether a housing project in Vienna offers a solution to the urgent need for accommodation.
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A Breath of Fresh Air
Air tightness levels in houses built to current UK regulations can lead to poor indoor air quality and serious health risks for residents. Julian Turner talks to award-winning architect Paul Farren about the dangers of long-term CO2 exposure and building the healthy, low-energy homes of the future.
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Moscow's Post-Industrial Revival
A major project by 5+design is reviving one of Moscow's former industrial zones with an ambitious mixed-use retail development. Rod James finds out about the concept behind the design, broader attempts to transform the city's industrial heritage and the impact of geopolitics and economics.
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Overhauling Paddington
Large development projects are often complex and fractious undertakings, but that hasn't stopped the team behind the Shard from entering into another projected development at London Paddington. Daniel Davies looks at the plans to transform the area.
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Concrete Plus
The range of concrete products that are mixed with other materials have expanded in recent years, providing a wealth of options to architects and builders. Frances Marcellin looks at some of the different products on offer, their applications and some of the projects they have been used in.
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A Career in Buildings: Shigeru Ban
Shigeru Ban is one of the most innovative architects practicing today and is best known for his use of cardboard tubes to create remarkable structures. From his experimental early work to his humanitarian efforts, we look at the buildings that have defined his career.
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The Road to Near-Zero Energy
The Architects' Council of Europe has outlined what changes are needed to make the European Union's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive a viable driver of sustainable building design. ACE policy officer Pierre Obajtek and Environment, Sustainable Architecture and Urban Issues co-chair Judit Kimpian detail the organisation's recommendations.
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Taking to Timber
Timber is increasingly being used to create remarkable, sustainable schemes around the world. In this extract from her book Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture, published by Laurence King Publishing, Virginia McLeod outlines three projects that use the material to great effect.
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New In
The latest materials, fixtures and fittings are regularly being pushed by manufacturers. Here we highlight some of products that have caught our eye in recent months.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue, out in February, we'll be considering how the growing field of smart home technology can be sustainably incorporated into building design.

We'll also ask what can be done about the UK's construction skills shortage, find out why the design for London's newest bridge was selected and consider the projects providing innovation in retail design from around the world.

Plus there's a look at the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through his most iconic buildings, and a look at the work of outstanding students set to be the next generation of architectural stars.

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