Design & Build Review: Issue 36

In this issue: the wooden football stadium offering a model for future eco-conscious stadia design, building Asia's largest Passive House scheme, the RIBA's report on what construction clients want and much more


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Environmental challenges are arguably one of the greatest issues facing humanity, and for architects there is an ever-growing requirement to design with sustainability in mind. As a result, in this issue we are focusing on projects that put sustainability at their heart.

One of the most high-profile green schemes of late has been Zaha Hadid Architects’ stadium design for British football club Forest Green Rovers. We speak to both the client and designer to discover how the wooden stadium could impact such design.

Over in Qingdao, China, environmental projects are being taken to another level, with the development of Asia’s largest passive house development. We speak to the architect, Wolfgang Frey, to discover the prospects and challenges of passive house design.

Plus, we consider what architects can learn from the results of a recently published RIBA survey into working with construction clients, and hear from the Architects Council of Europe about improving building performance.

And if that wasn’t enough, we also consider the career of prolific civic and cultural architect David Chipperfield, look at the newly released design for a new Scouting museum, profile a promising architecture student and discover some of the latest fixtures, fittings and materials.

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In this Issue

The Stadium of Green
Eco-conscious football team Forest Green Rovers has chosen Zaha Hadid Architects to design its new 5,000-seater stadium. We look at the challenges involved in the construction of what is set to become the world’s most environmentally friendly sports stadium.
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A Passive Challenge
Asia’s largest passive house development is currently under construction on a site covering almost 200 acres in Qingdao, China. We spoke to German-based architect Wolfgang Frey, who previously designed the world’s largest passive house settlement, about the challenges and benefits of passive house design.
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Building Bridges Between Architects and Clients
The RIBA has published a new survey report which explores how architects are perceived by construction clients. We ask what architects can learn from the results, and how better communication can help improve client satisfaction.
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Improving Building Performance
While the Architects Council of Europe welcomes the EU Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” proposal, it also believes this represents an opportunity to improve regulatory framework. Here the ACE sets out its three guiding principles that could deliver significant changes to building performance.
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A Career in Buildings: David Chipperfield
British architect David Chipperfield is a prolific and prominent figure in cultural and civic architecture. Known for his highly contextual work, we profile Chipperfield’s brilliant career so far through some of his most notable projects.
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The Scouts are Home
Gilwell Park in Chingford, East London has long been regarded as the spiritual home of the worldwide scouting movement. Now the site will be home to a new museum and visitor centre that will celebrate the scout’s long and treasured history. We take a look at the plans.
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Future Greats
Every month we trawl through the portfolios of architecture students and recent graduates from across the globe to find those we think are destined for greatness. This time it’s the turn of a student from Warsaw University of Technology whose stunning renderings showcase a detailed approach to projects.
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New In
New products are always coming onto the market, in response to changing tastes, technological advances and regulatory changes. Here we showcase our pick of the latest fixtures, fittings and materials to be released.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Design & Build Review, out in March, we’ll be looking at the growing concerns associated with the privatisation of public space, and asking how architects can help.

We’ll also investigate reports of rising costs of building materials in the wake of Brexit, and ask how the issue could affect the construction industry.

Plus we hear from listed building restoration experts about the challenges of building renewals, and consider the innovations taking office design beyond high-tech.

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