Building & Cities

Can pop-ups pave the way to thriving public space in world's cities?

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Members of the Malaysian Institute of Planners sit on rocks that double as seating while visitors explore a temporary public space in downtown Kuala Lumpur, 12 Feb 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Gregory Scruggs.

Pop-ups have become popular in many cities, often the brainchild of local residents in an effort to improve their neighbourhoods or turn derelict spaces into community hubs.

On a patch of gravel that was once a nondescript bus stop in Kuala Lumpur's old city, passersby can now find brightly-painted wooden pallets that double as seating and shelves stocked with free books for the taking. At least, for the time being. Read more »

Three scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing smart cities

Jakarta’s traffic system is one of many facets of the city that could be improved by smart cities technologies, but at what cost? © Vasenka Photography/Flickr (CC BY 4.0)

Anthony Burke, University of Technology Sydney and Prasuna Reddy, University of Technology Sydney Read more »

Park life: ensuring green spaces remain a hit with Londoners

The London Assembly Environment Committee recently launched its report, ‘Park life: ensuring green spaces remain a hit with Londoners,’ which looks at what measures should be taken to protect and improve the capital’s green spaces. In the video, hear from the Committee Chair, Leonie Cooper AM, and Londoners about why green spaces are so important in the capital.

How world cities moving forward on climate change leave the US President behind

A partial map of all the cities which pledge to fight climate change, with or without Donald Trump.
Global Convenant of Mayors/Google Earth

Nandan Sharalaya, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management Read more »

Ljubljana wins European Green Capital Award for 2016

Ljubliana, Slovenia: winner of the European Green Capital Award 2017 (image © Anelim)

Slovenian capital Ljubljana has been named European Green Capital 2016 at a ceremony in Copenhagen, the current holder of the Green Capital title. Ljubljana was commended for raising environmental awareness amongst its citizens. The jury also recognised its sustainability strategy 'Vision 2025', which brings together plans covering environmental protection, mobility, energy and electric transport.

In addition, Ljubljana has made significant progress in implementing green procurement policies covering 70 % of all city purchases. Read more »

Architectural researcher demonstrates how 'living roofs' help build better cities

Five platforms at the the Research and Demonstration Facility at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, were used to test various depths of “green” roofing.

Hot town, summer in the city — it's nothing new, but ways to handle the heat, humidity, and stormwater haven’t changed much since the invention of the sewer system. One solution offered by architectural researchers is known as a “green roof” — a roof covered in living, growing plants to soften the effects of heat, flooding, noise, and stormwater runoff. Read more »

London's Crystal in global first achieves the highest standards in building sustainability

The Crystal is a showcase for state-of-the-art technologies to aid energy efficiency

The Crystal – a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens, developed in the Docklands, London – has been awarded both a BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum rating, making it the only building in the world to have achieved this status.

The project has also just won the British Council for Offices Innovation Award for its significant innovation in sustainability and contribution to sustainable development. Read more »

The greenest and most sustainable office in the world

The recently completed NuOffice in Munich, Germany, has been awarded the internationally recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate at Platinum level. This makes it possibly the most sustainable office in the world to date.

LEED is a certification programme that provides third-party verification of green construction, addressing the entire lifecycle of a building. See for more details. Read more »

Ashden seeks entries for its 2013 Awards in Education, Sustainable Travel, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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Delivering insulation to Plas Newydd stately home as part of the National Trust’s energy efficiency retrofit (© Ashden)

Leading green energy awards scheme the Ashden Awards is seeking entries for its 2013 Awards. Read more »

Award-winning carbon-neutral urban housing development completed

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The project illustrates how an integrated whole system approach can lead to sustainable dwellings at a realistic cost

Construction has finished on an innovative new carbon-neutral housing development in the Midlands – with the inner-city project immediately winning an award. Read more »

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