Architecture

How the Architecture Industry Is Reacting to Climate Change

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When it comes to climate change, building construction is a major culprit. According to the 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme, the building and construction sector accounted for 36 percent of final energy use and 39 percent of energy and process-related CO2 emissions in 2018. After leveling off between 2013 and 2016, in 2018 global emissions from buildings increased for the second year in a row. In order to meet the benchmarks set by the Paris Agreement and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, the report noted that the energy efficiency...

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This Architect Is Promoting Self-Sustaining Architecture

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In 1972, architect Michael Reynolds came up with an unorthodox approach to solving what he perceived as a catastrophic ecological crisis. It was a mere two years after the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, long before conversations about eco-conscious design became fashionable. Still, the newly graduated architect took one look at the sheer volume of garbage the United States was producing and decided to take matters into his own hands—quite literally. The result was the Thumb House, a desert dwelling built out of roughly 70,000 discarded beer and soda cans that were wired and mortared together. “The Thumb House...

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Amazing Building Architecture Of Britain

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Preston Bus Station Architects Keith Ingham and Charlie Wilson of Building Design Partnership (BDP) designed the Preston Bus Station in Lancashire. The building contains a spacious waiting area topped with four stories of parking, which are accentuated with swooping concrete elements. Architectural historian Elain Harwood and writer Anne Ward both included the station on their lists. The Lawns Architects Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia designed the Lawns, a residence hall at the University of Hull in East Yorkshire. The brick complex contains a social center and six halls made up of tightly connected three-story blocks....

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Britain’s Best 100 Buildings of the Past Century

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Assembling an architectural “best of” list is a daunting task, especially when your choices include 100 years of buildings. So when putting together his new book Best Buildings Britain (ACC Art Books, $25), author Matthew Freedman decided to take a different approach. Rather than making the list himself, he asked 31 notable architects and writers to give their picks. “While the book doesn't tr y to be definitive or exhaustive, it offers readers a chance to look again at modern British architecture through the eyes of all sorts of experts,” says Freedman. “These choices come from architects at various stages of their...

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Weird architecture: World's top 10 most unique buildings

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1. Nativity of the Giraffe - Paris, France Designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architectes and completed in 2012, this French building serves as a childcare centre. It features a number of animal sculptures, including a massive giraffe that appears to be walking right through the building. According to the architect, the idea behind the sculptures was to inspire imagination and creativity in the children attending the centre.  2. The Dubai Frame - Dubai, United Arab Emirates The Dubai Frame is the world's biggest picture frame; 150m tall by 105m wide. This architectural landmark was conceived by Fernando Donis, who felt that instead...

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