“Demolition is sometimes the best option” says Bartlett professor at Net Zero Carbon talk

Construction experts discuss the ways that the building industry can move towards having zero carbon emissions in this panel discussion filmed by Dezeen for Kingspan at the Building Centre in London. Called Accelerating the Pathway to Net Zero Carbon Buildings, the event was hosted by architectural facade specialist Kingspan and independent research forum New London […]

Snøhetta aims to make all its buildings carbon negative within 20 years

Norwegian architect Snøhetta has pledged to only design carbon-negative buildings, meaning their projects will generate more energy than they consume over their lifetime. The firm plans to make the shift over the next twenty years. Snøhetta co-founder Kjetil Thorsen said the firm was making the move because the need to respond to climate change “feels […]

Switching to timber could solve Dutch housing shortage and be “a chance for our climate”

The Netherlands could build a million new homes from sustainably harvested local wood and save 100 megatons of carbon in the process, according to architect Marco Vermeulen. The Dutch architect has calculated that the country’s 140,000 hectares of harvestable woodlands could provide enough timber for 22,000 houses each year. This means the country’s entire shortfall […]

Watch our talk about architecture and the circular economy live from Dutch Design Week

Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs spoke to a panel of experts today in Eindhoven about the circular economy and architecture, as part of Dutch Design Week 2019. The panel included Overtreders W‘s co-founder Hester van Dijk, architect and author Thomas Rau and architect Marco Vermeulen. A circular economy is an economic model that minimises consumption, […]

Mikhail Riches will “aim for zero carbon” in all projects after Stirling Prize win

Stirling Prize-winner Mikhail Riches will only work on zero-carbon projects from now on, the studio told Dezeen. Co-founder Annalie Riches said the practice was committed to improving the environmental performance of its projects, after winning the UK’s top architecture prize for the low-energy Goldsmith Street development. “As a practice, we don’t want to do anything […]

Dezeen to hold circular architecture talk at Dutch Design Week 2019

Dezeen will host a panel discussion exploring the circular economy in architecture on Saturday 19 October during Dutch Design Week 2019 in Eindhoven. Hosted by Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, the panel will include architect Marco Vermeulen, architect and author Thomas Rau and Hester van Dijk, co-founder of design agency Overtreders W . The […]

Self-sustaining cabins on tiny Finnish island are heated by a sauna stove

Finnish designers Aleksi Hautamaki and Milla Selkimaki have built a self-sufficient summer house on the five-acre island they own on the edge of Finland‘s Archipelago National Park. Called Project Ö, after the Swedish word for island, two cabins on the site house living spaces and bedrooms, as well as a workshop and sauna. In order […]

“We fooled ourselves that sustainability was getting us where we needed to go” says Michael Pawlyn of Architects Declare

Architects must urgently go beyond creating sustainable architecture that minimises damage to the planet and design buildings that help repair it, says Michael Pawlyn from Architects Declare. Biomimetic architect Pawyln, who has played a key role in promoting Architects Declare, believes that architecture that “just mitigates negatives” is not going far enough. “We all fooled […]

Snøhetta completes office on Norwegian Fjord that produces twice the amount of energy it uses

Snøhetta has completed the sustainable Powerhouse Brattørkaia office in Trondheim, Norway, which produces more than double the amount of electricity it consumes daily. Located on the harbour overlooking Trondheim Fjord, the angular office building is wrapped by 3,000-square-metres of solar panels that provide green energy for itself, neighbouring buildings and city transport. Architecture studio Snøhetta […]

Living facade of plant pots will cover Green Villa by MVRDV in the Netherlands

Architecture practice MVRDV has unveiled designs for a residential development in Sint-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, with green walls formed of shelves of plants. Together with their co-architect Van Boven Architecten, the Dutch practice has developed Green Villa for property developer Stein to sit in a corner site on the southern edge of the town. The three-storey […]

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. The researchers’ eco-friendly bricks are made of soil, cement, charcoal and organic luffa fibres — better known as loofah, the plant commonly used for […]

June Tong envisions thermal bath powered by Arctic cruise ship waste

Royal College of Art student June Tong has proposed creating an Arctic thermal bath, which would be powered by cruise ship waste, in a bid to spotlight the industry’s environmental impact. The proposal, named In Murky Waters, was designed to draw attention to the increasing number of “parasitic and destructive” cruise ships capitalising on the […]

OJT creates Bastion Community housing complex for war veterans in New Orleans

New Orleans firm Office of Jonathan Tate has transformed a vacant, tree-studded site into a residential complex for soldiers and their families, with dwellings arranged in a way that aims to foster social bonding and prevent isolation. The Bastion Community development is located in Gentilly, a suburban neighbourhood largely dominated by single-family homes. The project […]

Harmon Guest House by David Baker offers contemporary lodging in California wine country

American firm David Baker Architects has completed an eco-hotel in Sonoma County that features board-marked concrete walls, a garden courtyard and a brise-soleil made of redwood slats. Harmon Guest House is part of a trio of “boutique eco-hotels” in the town of Healdsburg that were designed by David Baker Architects, a studio based in San […]

“We’re seeing an unprecedented mobilisation of architects in the fight against climate change”

With architects changing their ways in response to global warming, Phineas Harper asks: what does radical architecture look like in the era of climate change? A whole host of Stirling Prize-winning architecture practices have declared an emergency in response to accelerating climate change. Calling for a “paradigm shift”, they unveiled 11 pledges to bring architectural practice […]

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