Design & Build Review: Issue 32

In this issue: The build-to-let projects putting family at their heart, how bone could become a building material, the danger of smart cities, the regulation of the architectural profession and much mor


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Architectural materials are always being improved and expanded upon, but in the future entirely new categories of building products could become available. In this issue we delve into the possibilities presented by artificial bone and eggshell, to discover how they could be the hard-wearing, environmentally friendly choice for future schemes.

Here and now, however, architecture is facing a host of challenges, such as the housing crisis currently affecting the UK. In this issue we look at the promise presented by build-to-let projects and find out how families in particular could be helped.

The smart city is also seeing growing popularity among planners and infrastructure experts, but despite the concept’s utopian image, the reality may not be so fabulous. We look at how the concept could lead to drab, intrusive spaces that fail to adequately serve their occupants.

Across the European Union countries have been taking a closer look at how professions are accessed, including architecture. In this issue the Architects Council of Europe outlines cross-country differences and explains its own response to the exercise.

In the last month a number of notable industry awards have been announced, so we also look at why Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been made the 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner, and profile the sorry schemes nominated for the Carbuncle Cup. 

Plus we also look at the career of deconstructivist pioneer Günter Behnisch, profile the work of a promising architecture graduate and highlight some of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings to come onto the market.

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In this Issue

Bone Idol
Architecture of the future could feature sturdy girders made from artificial bone and eggshell that are tough, resilient and kinder to the environment than traditional materials. We explore the potential of these materials.
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Putting Family at the Heart
Build-to-let housing projects could play an important role in solving the UK’s housing crisis. We take a look at the growth of the idea and the design concepts that underpin it.
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The Danger of Smart Cities
Smart cities are sold to us as utopias where everything is easier and more convenient, but if we’re not careful we could end up living in drab, intrusive spaces. In an article first published in Design & Build Review’s sister title Factor, we consider what smart cities mean for the people who will inhabit them.
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The Regulation of the Architectural Profession
Over the last two years, EU countries have been evaluating their framework concerning the access to professions. The Architects Council of Europe outlines its response to the varying levels of regulation in architecture across EU Member States
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Mendes da Rocha Gets Gilded
The RIBA has announced that Paulo Mendes da Rocha is to become the 2017 Royal Gold Medal winner. We find out why the Brazilian architect has been chosen for this prestigious award.
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The Worst of the Worst
It’s that time of year again. We profile the shortlist and ultimate ‘winner’ of the Carbuncle Cup, architecture’s award for the worst new building in Britain.
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A Career in Buildings: Günter Behnisch
A vital figure in the development of West German architecture and identity, Günter Behnisch was key proponent of the deconstructivist movement. Here we look at his brilliant career through some of his most significant buildings.
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Future Greats
Every month we sift through the portfolios of hundreds of architecture graduates and students and define those we think have the potential to go to the top of the field. This month it’s the turn of a graduate from Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Ia?i, Romania.
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New In
There are always new materials, fixtures and fittings being released by manufacturers, and with a host of design events this month, we’ve had no shortage of options. Here are this month’s pick of the latest product announcements
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Next issue preview

In the next issue, out in November, we’ll be looking at how creativity and flair can be instilled into highly functional structures, focusing in particular on the International Architecture Award-winning Istanbul Air Traffic Control tower.

We’ll also look at whether a new interiors trade platform could disrupt the industry as much as its creators promise, and look at the organic side of the future home.

Plus we’ll look at the role art can play in urban signage and planning, and consider the dazzling career of architectural great Frank Lloyd Wright.

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