More than half the world’s population now live in a city. By the middle of the century, it’ll be 70%. This site has been established to explore all the topics affecting that growing slice of humanity. Focus is on matters such as infrastructure, governance and the built environment. The content is broken down into five sections: Business: finance, economics, and the corporate world; Politics: how cities are planned, managed and governed; Transport: planes, trains and automobiles; Skylines: architecture, demographics, and the fabric of the cities around us; Horizons: a place for ideas: past, present, and especially future. The site also keeps tabs on the topics covered most frequently, and lists them in the ‘trending’ section of the menu bar.
This blog argues that smart buildings and a fresh approach to urban planning could herald a brighter future for the world’s fastest-growing cities. It examines the recently completed H2 low carbon building in Tianjin, China, It is a mixed-use development which includes offices, shops, restaurants and exhibition spaces and is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the country.
This report from the Green Alliance aims to identify the conditions for planning successful tower block retrofits. The report, based on interviews and workshops with a range of experienced stakeholders, concludes that despite the current funding context, local authorities and housing associations can achieve significant improvements.
This new report, on sale at the BRE Bookshop, provides detailed information on typical designs and features of houses built at different periods, using statistics from the 2010 English Housing Survey. Experienced surveyors and housing professionals will have developed an intuitive feel for when a house was constructed and the date of any modifications which have been undertaken, particularly in their own local area, where they are familiar with local materials and designs. As such, this book is intended for less experienced professionals, students of housing, or individuals with a personal interest, to be taken onto the streets and used as a reference book.
Thirty golden years of the Welfare State (1945-1975) and 30 years of socio-political objectives and policies expressed in the built form, principally housing, are covered in this new book. This review describes the book as the first study to look so closely at these and the extent of the power and influence wielded by architects in this process. The study covers Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and some former colonial territories in the form of 15 essays, each from a scholar in architecture and planning, edited by three of these authors.
Providing inspiration from a range of international projects using Fibre Cement roofing and EQUITONE facade materials, A+D Magazine is specifically designed for architects and specifiers. The magazine includes comprehensive details on each project and is accompanied by drawings and photography. The magazine is published twice a year.
According to this article in the Guardian newspaper, by the end of next year one-in-three of the world’s 100m+ skyscrapers will be in China, as its state-orchestrated urbanisation drive prompts a megacity building bonanza.
Pure retrofit is a response to the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the biggest challenge of our generation. This article argues that despite barriers, the retrofit market is growing and likely to offer architects significant work opportunities as the effects of anthropogenic climate change unfold.
This is the latest in a series of monthly videos from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
The third issue of the Journal 2014 from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is now available, containing in-depth information and insightful features on the design, construction and operation of tall buildings. This issue, timed to coincide with the 2014 Conference in Shanghai, held from 16-19 September 2014, is centered on the theme “Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.” A preview is available online.