Design & Build Review: Issue 17

24 April 2015 (Last Updated April 24th, 2015 08:02)

In this issue: We explore how designs for museums are changing to meet the technological revolution, learn how CAD software continues to change design fundamentals, see the change volumetric construction is having on housing problems, look at the skyscrapers of the future and more.

Design & Build Review: Issue 17

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Design & Build Review: Issue 17 | April 2015

A surge in volumetric construction is beginning to solve housing problems by creating more prefabricated homes. These homes can solve issues around the lack of housing for councils, renters and communities. We find out more.

Museums, despite their contents becoming more precocious with age, have faced a battle to prove they can thrive in the face of the ongoing digital revolution and economic recession. We delve into the role of design in creating and adapting museums so that they meet the needs of the modern visitor.

We also explore how CAD software has emerged and matured and, at the same time, also had an overt influence on design. While doing this we explain how designs have changed as the software has progressed.

Dr Veronika Schröpfer of the Architects' Council of Europe and Elisabeth O'Brien of the Limerick Institute of Technology tell us how the A2PBEER project is a great example of how European projects can support achieving 2030 energy efficiency targets.

The closure of Architecture of Humanity's head office came as a shock but the volunteers who work for the charity have gone from strength-to-strength in the face of adversity and we discover how international chapters are pulling together to continue their work.

We also look at the newest bridge which will be coming to London and see what the skyscrapers of the future will look like.

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In this issue

The Future Skyscrapers
Evolo has announced the results of its yearly skyscraper competition, which showcases concepts for the skyline of the future. We look at the winner, runners up and the other buildings that may be gracing our skylines in the future.
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Pop-Up Living
Volumetric construction is fuelling a surge in prefabricated homes and solving housing problems for councils, renters and communities, we find out more.
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Museums for the Modern Age
Museums have proven they can thrive in the face of digital revolution and economic recession. We explore the role of design in creating and adapting museums to meet the needs of today's audience.
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A New Chapter
The closure of Architecture of Humanity's head office came as a shock, but the humanitarian design charity's regional chapters around the world are resolved to continue their work on the local level. We speak to the London chapter about possible future plans.
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The Power of CAD
The emergence and development of CAD software has one great things for architecture but it has also had an overt influence on design. We learn how designs have changed as software has progressed.
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Smart Retrofitting for Public Buildings
The A2PBEER project is a great example of how European projects can support achieving 2030 energy efficiency targets. We find out more about how the project works.
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A New Bridge for London
A competition calling for designs for a new bridge across the River Thames in London has attracted dozens of entries. With the finalists now revealed we find out what shape the bridge could take.
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New In
The 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 months.
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Next issue preview

Design & Build Review is changing - from July the magazine will be published on a monthly basis!

In the first of our regular editions we will look at how London's Thames Tunnel, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first project, is set to be converted into a music venue.

We inspect how a growing number of projects are incorporating energy generation into their design, and look at how interior design techniques can maximise space for living.

Plus there's a look at the design requirements needed for vertical farms.

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