UK architects declare a ‘climate emergency’

Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid, Stanton Williams and David Chipperfield Architects are among 17 UK-based architecture firms that have banded together to release an open letter affirming their commitment to addressing climate change.  The letter highlights the “twin crises” of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss and points out that buildings and construction play a major part, […]

Glass skyscrapers: a great environmental folly that could have been avoided

Henrik Schoenefeldt, senior lecturer (US: Associate Professor) in sustainable architecture, University of Kent, takes a look at the impact glass skyscrapers have had on the environment. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared that skyscrapers made of glass and steel “have no place in our city or our Earth anymore”. He argued that their […]

How autonomous transport will shape our cities’ future

A unique opportunity exists for infrastructure investment in Australia as transport as we know it faces disruption from autonomous vehicles, says Peter Newman Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University. Disruption is not a dirty word. Traditional transport models are being transformed for the better by savvy young upstarts: the taxi industry by Uber, for instance, and even […]

Precht’s timber skyscraper combines modular homes with vertical farms

Architecture practice Precht, created by Penda co-founder Chris Precht and his wife Fei, has designed a skyscraper concept that would see residents produce their own food in vertical farms. Called The Farmhouse Precht designed the modular building system to combat the combined issues of climate change, population growth, and food shortages. It aims to create […]

Art Gallery of New South Wales first public art museum to achieve 6 Star Green Star

Is the open building movement a solution to Australia’s urban challenges?