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Sustainable Architecture: The International Style of the 21st Century

Sustainable Architecture: The International Style of the 21st Century | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Sustainability is defined as our ability to meet our present needs without compromising the abilities of future generations to meet their own. The three Es (Economy, Ecology, and Equality) and the three Ps (People, Planet, Profit) are simple guides for sustainability as a consideration in decision-making.

These ideals can combine with 3 current pillars of architecture to come up with a new series of precepts: program, economy, operation, and harmony.

-Program describes the purpose of the building and its ability to carry out that function for the ease and comfort of those who would inhabit it. It is most concerned with people and the human element of the architectural experience.

-Economy speaks to the ability of a building to stand and is concerned primarily with its production and use of materials both physical and nonphysical. It is most concerned with the component parts of that which makes up a building and minimizing waste.

-Operation is all about the performance of a building in all of the non-human aspects, such as light, air, water, and energy. Economy and operation are strongly related and are opposite sides of the same coin; one has profound effects on the other.

-Finally, harmony is an expression of the building as a whole and how well it relates to itself, the world around it, and those who use it. It is the most subjective of the pillars and is mostly aesthetic. Similar to the relationship of economy to operation, harmony is the reciprocal of program; one is the consideration of the building unto itself, the other the consideration of the building unto the world...

 

In the weeks to come, these four pillars will be covered in more depth looking at the theoretical, practical, and technological ins and outs of Sustainable architecture- the International Style of the 21st century.


Via Lauren Moss, Isalyne Couteaux, Adela Ciurea, Ricardo E. Valenzuela Ruiz
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Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:32 PM

This article gave me an idea for a design task activity consisting of making your own sustainable building. If I were to ever create this activity I'd probably find an old building in the city that was going to be knocked down and create a story that the students had to design the replacement. I'd give criteria based around sustainable practices as well as what functions the building must have. The main focus I'd give them would be that the building needs to meet the needs of the residents without compromising future generations. From this resource I would take the three Ps mention - Purpose (does it fulfill the purpose for which it was designed), Physical (does it achieve the physical requirements given) and Pleasing (does it look good). If I really wanted to extend this task I could create a budget for the building in which the students would have to manage during its creation. I'd definitely do this as a group task because collaboration between students always generates more ideas.

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Environmental groups call on the Prime Minister to intervene as ten green policies are scrapped

Environmental groups call on the Prime Minister to intervene as ten green policies are scrapped | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Within the first three months of the new government ten different environmental policies have been watered down or scrapped, according to analysis by a group of leading UK environment organisations.

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Environmental leaders have called on the Prime Minister, as a matter of urgency, to clarify his government’s approach to environmental protection

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Passivhaus News - The winners of the 2015 UK Passivhaus Awards announced!

Passivhaus News - The winners of the 2015 UK Passivhaus Awards announced! | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
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New figures: number of female architects on the up

New figures: number of female architects on the up | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The number of women in the profession is on the up, according to the latest figures released by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Women now make up a quarter of all the architects on the ARB register, edging up from 22 per cent last year.

There are currently 8,857 female architects registered with the ARB – up from 7,538 last year. The total number of qualified architects registered with the board is 35,157 - of those 31,290 are based in the UK.

The figures for the year ending 31 December 2014 show that 781 female architects joined the register for the first time, making up 41 per cent of all new applicants.

New admissions for both male and female architects saw a rise with the highest level of new applicants since the register was established as part of the 1997 Architects Act.

In 2014 there were a record 1906 new admissions – an increase of almost 27 per cent on 2013’s previous all-time-high of 1504.
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Brighter thinking: 5 ways to improve natural light in your home

Brighter thinking: 5 ways to improve natural light in your home | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Natural light is so important to our health and wellbeing. Croft Architecture considers 5 simple ways to improve natural light in your home.
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During the winter months the reduction in light can accentuate dark areas within your home and it can leave you feeling like you live in a cave.(Image from The Minalmists)

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Emmott: 'Londoners overwhelmingly want the Garden Bridge' #London #Architecture

Emmott: 'Londoners overwhelmingly want the Garden Bridge'  #London #Architecture | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Ian Ritchie’s animosity towards the ‘flawed and unnecessary’ Garden Bridge is not shared by most Londoners, argues executive director of the Garden Bridge Trust Bee Emmott

London has earned its reputation as a world-leading city, where new ideas take flight and set new milestones for others to follow. So when Ian Ritchie asks what problem the Garden Bridge solves, surely we must be bolder, go beyond simply function and seek out the ideas, opportunities and the inspiration it presents.

The Garden Bridge, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, will break new territory worthy of its world-first label.  It will create a new route for pedestrians, taking people through a new, free public garden in the heart of urbanised London, improving the pedestrian experience and creating an oasis of calm and beauty.

The Bridge will feature 2,500m⊃2; of brand new garden, connecting existing ecologies of the North and South Bank and London’s wider patchwork of habitats. There will be hundreds of new trees and thousands more plants, shrubs and bulbs attracting new wildlife. As a new “green corridor” across the Thames, it will benefit wildlife and pollinators, with carefully selected plants to improve biodiversity potential.

Ritchie talks about the Bridge being ‘private’ and of possible toll charges (see AJ 28.07.15). The Garden Bridge will in fact be free to use, open from 6am until midnight 365 days a year.  It will genuinely be open to everyone – somewhere to linger and admire the city and will also provide a route for commuters. Cyclists can push their bikes across, or use alternative routes nearby, so those on foot can safely enjoy the crossing. Security and lighting will be discreet and appropriate. 

The funding of the Bridge combines public and private sector funding, with over 65 per cent of the capital costs to build it fundraised from the private sector. More than £125 million has been pledged already and a business plan will cover the £2.8 million annual maintenance and operations costs. Transport for London and the Government have together contributed £60 million in total.

The bridge will stitch our divided city together
In terms of transport the bridge will improve connectivity on both sides of the River, with a direct link to Temple Underground reducing pressure on Waterloo Station. It complements and contributes to the Mayor’s transport strategy targets. The Bridge is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses on both sides of the river and the economic benefits will be- close to £500 million over 60 years through employment, investment and tourism.

The Garden Bridge is an exciting opportunity to nourish areas long both side of the Thames, improving the quality of the public realm and providing new walking routes to and from places such as Covent Garden, Soho and Waterloo. 

The Bridge is going to help stitch our divided city together and connect London. 

Today the Trust has published recent research that shows huge support for the Garden Bridge in London.  Over three quarters of Londoners support the bridge being built (78 per cent) with support in Westminster and Lambeth, where the bridge crosses the Thames, at 77 per cent.  Londoners clearly have more imagination and vision than Ian Ritchie.

Bee Emmott, is executive director of the Garden Bridge Trust
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The Garden Bridge, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, will break new territory worthy of its world-first label. 

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Search is on for ‘Best #Glazing Home Improvement’

Search is on for ‘Best #Glazing Home Improvement’ | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The Glass & Glazing Federation is inviting entries for its Best Home Improvement Glazing Project award as part of the National Home Improvement Council Awards 2015.
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The award covers any glazing related project completed within the past 12 months. 

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4 tips to boost the number of retweets for your business #SME

4 tips to boost the number of retweets for your business    #SME | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Retweets on Twitter can significantly boost engagement and the reach of your SME's message. Here are four top tips that will help your tweets get shared more frequently.
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Here are four top tips that could help your tweets get shared more frequently:

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Wood dominates in Cristián Undurraga's Chile Pavilion for Milan Expo

Wood dominates in Cristián Undurraga's Chile Pavilion for Milan Expo | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Renowned Chilean architect Cristián Undurraga has created a standout pavilion for this year’s World Exposition. Inspired by “the art of hospitality” the Chile pavilion features a dramatic external wooden facade and stretches over 1,910 sq m (20,560 sq ft).
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More woes for Walkie Talkie - Sky Garden not built to plans

More woes for Walkie Talkie - Sky Garden not built to plans | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The owners of London’s Walkie Talkie have been asked to reconfigure the controversial tower’s Sky Garden after complaints the built scheme didn’t match consented plans
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The report lists a number of inconsistencies with the original illustrations, including a missing terrace, staircase and servery, as well as a terrace and servery being built larger than on the original plan.

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New "smart window" material selectively blocks light and/or heat #Glazing

New "smart window" material selectively blocks light and/or heat #Glazing | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a "smart window" technology that allows the passage of visible light while blocking heat, or vice versa.
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the research team created an electrochromic material that's able to transmit or block light depending on the electric potential applied.

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Building Boss jailed for breaching Banning Order #Construction

Building Boss jailed for breaching Banning Order  #Construction | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

A bankrupt and disqualified construction director from Torquay has been sentenced to a total of 21 months imprisonment at Plymouth Crown Court.

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Eoin Frederick Murray,53, pleaded guilty to acting in the management of limited companies whilst a disqualified director.

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Mafia and multinationals milk Italy's green energy boom

Mafia and multinationals milk Italy's green energy boom | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

so far the region has seen little of the profits made by the energy firms, many of which are accused of making fraudulent claims for funds.

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On the outskirts of Narbolia near the island's western coast, one such plant sprawls across the town's most fertile fields. Over 107,000 solar panels sit atop the roofs of some 1,600 greenhouses, in which the owners had promised to grow aloe plants.

But with the sunlight shut out by the panels, nothing grows there but weeds.

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Secretary of State speech on Climate Change - Speeches - GOV.UK

Secretary of State speech on Climate Change - Speeches - GOV.UK | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Amber Rudd's speech to the Aviva conference, ‘Climate Change: The Financial Implications'.
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Secretary of State Amber Rudd's speech to the Aviva conference, ‘Climate Change: The Financial Implications'.

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Really?... Pyramid? Eygpt, Jerusalem? - Novel pyramid-shaped high-rise slated for Jerusalem

Really?... Pyramid? Eygpt, Jerusalem?   -  Novel pyramid-shaped high-rise slated for Jerusalem | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Architecture firm Studio Libeskind has been granted permission to build a large pyramid-shaped tower in the center of Jerusalem. The 105 m (344 ft)-tall tower is due to break ground within five years.
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Besides the aforementioned shopping arcade, the Pyramid will also boast 200 high-end apartments, a boutique hotel, public plaza, a restaurant, and a rooftop observatory.

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The iconic 'Up' house in Seattle is headed for a happy ending

The iconic 'Up' house in Seattle is headed for a happy ending | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
A Seattle house that has enamored locals with its resemblance to the house in the film Up will likely be saved.
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"I don't want to move. I don't need the money. Money doesn't mean anything."

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#London's latest crop of residential developments #Architecture

#London's latest crop of residential developments    #Architecture | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
London's latest crop of residential developments...
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#London's latest crop of residential developments    #Architecture 

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#Architects' confidence hits ‘record’ level

#Architects' confidence hits ‘record’ level | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Architects taking part in the RIBA’s monthly barometer of industry confidence have reported the highest level of positivity about workloads in the survey’s six-year history

The Future Trends Workload Index reached a new high of +44 in June, up from +37 the previous month, indicating a further growth in the proportion of practices expecting their workloads to increase in the next quarter.

The figure is the highest rating the index has registered since the survey began in 2009. It added that regionally the Midlands and East Anglia were the most confident areas of the UK, while firms that employed 51 or more staff were the most confident by business size.

RIBA director of practice Adrian Dobson said the profession was confident about its work pipeline and ‘beginning to feel the invigorating effects’ of a sustained period of real growth.
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Dobson said the private housing sector appeared to be ‘the primary driver’ 

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Smartphone-controlled hideaway takes the man-cave to a whole new level

Smartphone-controlled hideaway takes the man-cave to a whole new level | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Jono Williams has taken the concept of the man-cave to new heights. Looking something like a giant steel lollipop, Williams' Skysphere is a solar-powered, Android-controlled hideaway perched high above the New Zealand countryside that would put even the most painstakingly decked-out shed to shame.
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The Skysphere provides a 360-degree viewing window that is 2 m (7 ft) high and has a circumference of 14 m (46 ft).

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GGF pledges to work with DECC on new plan after #GreenDeal

GGF pledges to work with DECC on new plan after #GreenDeal | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

The Glass & Glazing Federation says it will work with the Government in seeking a new strategy on energy efficiency in the country’s homes

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the GGF is keen to work constructively with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and will be contacting them to discuss a new proposal from an industry perspective, offering our expertise, suggestions and solutions.”

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Industrial deafness cases increase by 14%

Industrial deafness cases increase by 14% | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Recent statistics from the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, and recent information obtained by The Mail on Sunday, have shown a rise in industrial deafness cases.
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At the current trend, figures of up to £4m can be expected by the end of 2015.

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hubs makes building your own geodesic dome childsplay

hubs makes building your own geodesic dome childsplay | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
hubs promises to make building an open geodesic dome easy and quick, with construction time rated as under an hour. Its creators cite possible uses for the dome as a garden room, aviary, chicken run, chidren's den, and more.
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Entry Deadline Extended! - The G-Awards 2015

Entry Deadline Extended! - The G-Awards 2015 | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

We look forward to the entries into this years competition. The deadline for all entries is the 24th July 2015. Please click the button below to enter into your relevant category and send us any supporting material.

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Entry Deadline Extended! - The G-Awards 2015  -  Congratulations to all the winners of the G14 Awards! This years event is set to be equally exciting

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Laing O’Rourke wins UK’s Tallest Resi Tower - #Construction #London

Laing O’Rourke wins UK’s Tallest Resi Tower -  #Construction #London | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Laing O’Rourke has won a £135m contract to deliver the shell and core for Berkeley Homes’ residential skyscraper next to Canary Wharf in London Docklands.

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In total, the buildings will require around 65,000 cu m of concrete and 60,000 sq m of cladding.

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Government to appoint late payment tsar

Government to appoint late payment tsar | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

The late payment tsar will provide advice to suffering contractors, investigate complaints and have the power to name and shame offenders.

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The government has drawn up plans to appoint a small business commissioner to tackle payment disputes and other unfair practices.

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"in a move to protect taxpayers" #GreenDeal Finance Company funding to end

"in a move to protect taxpayers" #GreenDeal Finance Company funding to end | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
In light of low take-up and concerns about industry standards there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company, in a move to protect taxpayers.
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Amber Rudd also announced that the Government will stop any future funding releases of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

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