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July 10, 2014

Design & Build Review: Issue 14

In this issue: The resilience coming from roofs, an exploration of Honda’s zero-carbon house, ask if micro housing is a fad, look at how the boundaries of geodesic glass dome technology is being pushed as far as it can and much more

By Berenice Baker

Design & Build Review: Issue 14  | July 2014

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In this issue we explore the zero-carbon smart home which has been built by Honda to try and solve environmental problems which the world is being faced with.

We then look at naturally inspired design which has been based on the world around us and see how the environment and organic structures can improve the efficiency of our buildings.

Moreover, we investigate the latest trends and techniques in bathroom design and profile some of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings being developed for architects and contractors.

We ask if micro houses are a realistic solution to housing crises.

In this issue

Resilience From RoofsGreen roofs have been popular architectural features for some time, but their role in climate change mitigation is often under appreciated. We look at how scientific research is quantifying the benefitsClick here to read the article.

Naturally InspiredBiomimetic designs are starting to leave their mark on an industry striving for sustainability. We explore new building concepts and projects inspired by natureClick here to read the article.

Inside the SolardomeTo protect an eco-home from the extreme weather of the Arctic Circle, UK-based Solardome Industries had to push the boundaries of geodesic glass dome technology. The company shares exclusive insights into the design of this stunning projectClick here to read the article.

The Y: Cube SolutionIt may closely resemble a Monopoly game hotel but youth charity YMCA’s cutting-edge Y:Cube micro-flat is an actual housing option. We find out if the new flat can help ease London’s accommodation crisisClick here to read the article.

Micro Housing: The Answer to London’s Crisis?Is micro housing just a fad or a viable solution to London’s escalating housing crisis? We ask housing experts in the capital about the potential and limitations of building smallClick here to read the article.

Inside the Honda HouseHonda is taking its technology from the automotive industry to the housing sector. We take a look at the company’s concept for a zero-carbon smart homeClick here to read the article.

When the trains are gone What happens to stations once they are decommissioned? As conversions of old stations become increasingly ambitious, we profile some of the best redevelopment projectsClick here to read the article.

Modern MinimalismIn keeping with the latest advances in home décor, minimalism has become the watchword when it comes to modern bathroom design. We ask Rome-based architect Carola Vannini about prevailing trends and when designing for today’s luxury-led consumersClick here to read the article.

New InThe construction and design industry is forever producing new materials, fixtures and fittings. We profile some of the best new products that have come on the market over the past monthsClick here to read the article.

Next issue preview

2014 will see the 100th building over 300m built worldwide. We ask what engineering considerations are needed for buildings this tall.

We also consider China’s plans to redevelop its shantytowns and look at Orproject‘s remarkable, nature-inspired designs.

Moreover, we look at innovations in designs using wood, investigate the passenger-centric design of Heathrow‘s new Terminal 2 and profile some of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings being developed for architects and contractors.

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