All articles by Ross Davies

  1. Hot in the city: Combatting the urban heat island effect

    During late July and early August 2008, an intense heatwave hit Oklahoma. At its peak, the mercury rose to 110°F…
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    12 Mar
  2. Smart Façades: Is Glass in Architecture Ready for an Overhaul?

    From London’s Canary Wharf to Manhattan and Shanghai, glass is the dominant feature of many a modern city skyline. Yet,…
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    11 Mar
  3. A Moral Obligation: Net-Zero Design and the Fight Against Climate Change

    In September 2019, the World Green Building Council (WGBC) revealed its Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment had surpassed 60 signatories. Given…
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    10 Mar
  4. Ecopolis now: designing Kazan’s new green district

    As the world’s fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases – where oil and gas account for roughly 90% of its national…
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    31 Oct
  5. A roadside reinvention: Inside Mollie’s Motel and Diner

    From Hitchcock to Tarantino, the seedy roadside motel has been a classic feature of American silver screen, serving as an…
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    28 Oct
  6. Overhauling the rulebook: RIBA’s new fire safety guidance

    Its blackened husk may be now shrouded in white sheeting, but the site of Grenfell Tower remains a stark reminder…
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    23 Oct
  7. The real deal: authenticity in hotel design

    The consensus among judges at the recent AHEAD Global awards was crystal clear: authenticity is dictating contemporary hotel design. Speaking…
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    22 Oct
  8. Rage against the machine: lessons from the world’s first robot hotel

    Without so much as the promise of a last pay check, or a decent reference, a velociraptor was laid off…
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    14 Oct
  9. Can a planning overhaul solve Britain’s housing crisis?

    Amid the politicking and daily grousing around Brexit, it’s hard to believe that once upon a time the credibility of…
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    9 Oct
  10. The bridge that robots built: an interview with MX3D

    It’s still early days for 3D printing, but there seems little doubt that it will influence future architectural practices. So…
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    31 Oct
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