Design & Build Review: Issue 2

24 January 2012 (Last Updated January 24th, 2012 18:30)

In this issue we find out how ‘green’ building concepts and eco-friendly materials are leading the way into a more sustainable future.

Sustainability is the big buzzword all around the industry, but what does it mean for the industry in terms of future designs and construction processes? From energy-efficient building concepts to natural materials, we find out how architects and developers are working out the blueprints for a new generation of sustainable structures.

We explore the latest options for making projects of every scale more eco-friendly, from alternative materials to building elements that can adapt to the climate and innovative structures that effortlessly blend in with their environment.

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Green Leaders

In the light of ever more pressing environmental concerns, architectural trends are going towards ever more sustainable designs. We profile some exciting building concepts and projects that are leading the way into a greener future.
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Between Sea and Sky

How does a building reflect the identity of its environs while incorporating sustainability? The two are interconnected, as Rodolfo Dias, project architect for Steven Holl Architects’ Museum of Ocean & Surf in Biarritz, explain.
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Homes of the Future

The construction market of today might be tough, but impressive residential projects are still getting off the ground. We survey some of the most interesting projects to find out how they reflect modern design and construction trends.
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Living Designs

A few years ago, green roofs and walls were still seen as an eccentric way to design the exterior of a building. We find out how the situation has changed, exploring the benefits and challenges of this green trend in landscape design.
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Climate Control

We put one of the many design elements being developed to improve the sustainability of buildings to the test; smart façades that adapt to the weather are providing energy savings from the outside while increasing comfort for those inside.
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Going Back to Nature

The need for more sustainable designs has seen a growing number of wood-based projects. Architects Reiulf Ramstad and Maria Smith help us to understand the cultural significance of wood, the effect of globalisation on design, and the dichotomy between the natural and man-made.
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Building Blocks

Minimising the environmental impact of building projects is rising on the priority list of an increasingly eco-aware industry. As designers become more aware of alternative materials that offer environmental benefits, we take a look at the options for eco-conscious designers looking to start from the ground up.
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Next issue

Cities are constantly evolving, shaped by the demands of modern life and the capabilities of today’s design-build industry. In the next issue, we ask insiders which trends urban architecture will see in the future, and how rapidly growing populations, environmental considerations and new technology are influencing them. We also profile cutting-edge designs that are already transforming cities today.

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