Architecture

Green space – how much is enough, and what's the best way to deliver it?

Providing green space can deliver health, social and environmental benefits for all urban residents – few other public health interventions can achieve all of this. (© Anne Cleary)

Half of the world’s people now live in urban areas. This creates competition for resources and increases pressure on already limited green space.

Many urban areas are still experiencing active degradation or removal of green space. To reverse this trend and ensure the multiple benefits of green space are realised, we urgently need to move toward on-ground action. Read more »

New glass technology could save energy with smart façades

The façade element operates using integrated shape-memory alloys and so doesn’t require an external power source. © Bára Finnsdóttir | Weißensee School of Art Berlin

Glass-fronted office buildings are some of the biggest energy consumers, and regulating their temperature is a big job. Now a façade element developed by Fraunhofer researchers and designers for glass fronts is to reduce energy consumption by harnessing solar thermal energy. A demonstrator version will be on display at Hannover Messe. 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 »

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