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January 24, 2013

Design & Build Review: Issue 8

In this issue: How to achieve the LEED rating system’s platinum certification, the world’s most eco-friendly buildings, creating sustainable schools under a budget, timber’s renaissance, living buildings that blur the lines between biology and architecture, and cities built on water.

By Laura Husband

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Green buildings are shooting up from the ground in a race to meet environmental and sustainability targets. We take a look at the history of the LEED rating system and the creative design and innovative techniques required to achieve Platinum certification. We profile some of the most impressive sustainable buildings from around the world and take a look at the UK Government’s plan to create sustainable schools under a tight budget.

The use of timber for urban housing is experiencing a new renaissance. We explore the virtues and vices of this raw organic material. Moreover, we explore how ‘living building’ designs are blurring the lines between biology and architecture, and find out how feasible the concept of building on water is as a solution to space and sustainability issues in the future.

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In this issue

In Pursuit of Platinum The US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has become a global brand for the eco-friendly design-build market. Platinum certification is a rare feat and instantly places a newbuild or major renovation project into an elite group of the world’s greenest buildings.Read the full article here.

Greener by Design Green buildings are shooting up from the ground as countries race to meet environmental and sustainability targets. Design & Build Review profiles the world’s most sustainable constructions that have already been built or are currently under construction. Read the full article here.

Old SchoolThe UK Government is making massive cuts to construction under its Priority Schools Programme. How does sustainable design fit into the plans to develop cheap and simple learning environments? Read the full article here.

Timber in the City The use of timber for urban housing is experiencing a new renaissance. Why have architects decided to use the organic material that was once actively avoided due to its tendency to thrive in an errant fire? Read the full article here.

They LiveMultidisciplinary teams and practices are generating jaw-dropping projects that imply a future of ‘living buildings’ and metabolic materials that blur the lines between biology and architecture. Read the full article here.

Atlantis RisingIncreasing urban density and rising sea levels lend weight to the argument of building on water. Design & Build Review investigate how cities could extend well beyond their levees in the future. Read the full article here.

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Discerning travellers are increasingly avoiding generic hotels for city breaks, instead opting for unique accommodation that reflects local culture and character. We explore the concept of location-specific design and look at hotels daring to break the mould, both inside and out.

We look behind the burgeoning trend of the ‘brand’ hotels that exploit the design and ethos of an established brand to create an exclusive destination hotel. We also look at new designs for stunning leisure and cultural centres in cities around the world, and find out how designers are building interactive spaces with immersive design.

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