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Green issues have long been central to architecture and the construction industry, but far more can be done to ensure that our future skylines are environmentally friendly. So in this issue we look at just a few of the areas movement is being made.
Developing buildings with low energy usage has always been a challenge, and although great strides have been made in this area of late there is still room for improvement. We consider the potential of the internet of things and cloud-based technology to take over sustainable building management, and ask whether the construction industry is ready to make the switch.
The process of re-greening public spaces has also been a growing trend, and one that is of great interest to architects working on large-scale development projects. We speak to the Central Scotland Green Network’s head of development about the challenges of such large-scale landscape architecture.
There’s also the matter of waste in construction. We hear from start-up Circology to find out how its digital platform is encouraging the reuse of surplus materials and keeping more out of landfills.
Plus, we find out about the US’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency’s fascinating plans to build living, self-healing healing buildings, chart the career of the late Zaha Hadid and consider the work of a promising architecture graduate. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a roundup of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings.
In this Issue
The IoT Green Scheme
All buildings, new and old, have to grapple with increasing energy demands, ageing systems and the rising costs that these issues cause. We investigate whether the construction industry will ever be tempted to hand over the management of sustainable buildings to the IoT and cloud-based tech.
Joining Up Green Spaces
The Central Scotland Green Network, Europe’s largest green space initiative, has a long-term vision for bolstering the region’s natural qualities. We speak to the network’s head of development Sue Evans about the initiative and the process of rehabilitating public spaces.
Waste Not, Want Not
Much progress has been made to limit the construction sector’s waste to landfill, but what is the next step in sustainable resource efficiency? We talk to Circology Ltd co-founders Lydia Dutton and Terry Clarke to find out.
DARPA’s Future Materials
The US’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to build living, self-healing, programmable buildings. Could this be the future of construction?
A Career in Buildings: Zaha Hadid
A pioneering figure in parametricism and neo-futurism, the late Zaha Hadid was one of the most important figures in 21st century modern architecture. We consider the incredible career of the British Iraqi architect through some of her most important buildings.
Each month we trawl through the profiles of hundreds of architecture students and graduates to identify those set for greatness. This month we’re considering the portfolio of a recent graduate of Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic’s masters programme in architecture.
New materials, fixtures and fittings are forever being developed to keep up with changing trends and new technologies. Here we showcase our pick of the products being presented this month.
Next issue preview
In the next issue, out in October, we’ll be focusing on possible futures for design and construction. We’ll look at how self-healing biometric materials could consign concrete to history, and ask whether a family-focused residential project could be a model for future living.
We’ll also consider whether the skyrocketing urban populations forecasted for the next few decades could increase homogeneity in our cities.
Plus we’ll look at the ‘winners’ of this year’s Carbuncle Cup, and consider the pioneering work of the constructivist architect Gunter Behnisch.
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