All articles by Ross Davies

Ross Davies

Hot in the city: Combatting the urban heat island effect

Airbnb has announced new features that will provide a better remote working experience for travellers.

Smart Façades: Is Glass in Architecture Ready for an Overhaul?

Its use has long been ubiquitous in modern construction, but glass is coming in for renewed scrutiny as architects and engineers look to increase energy efficiency in the era of climate change. Smart facade technology carries enormous promise, but is still in its infancy, as Ross Davies reports.

A Moral Obligation: Net-Zero Design and the Fight Against Climate Change

With the built-up environment a serious contributor of carbon emissions, architects have a part to play in tackling climate change. While not yet a standard practice, net-zero design is surely the way forward, writes Ross Davies.

Ecopolis now: designing Kazan’s new green district

London-based practice JTP Architects recently led an international consortium to victory in a competition to design a new eco district in Kazan, Russia. Using existing forestland, the project is guided by “ecopolis” – a concept that marries sustainability and urban wellbeing. Ross Davies speaks to associate and senior architect Ivana Stanisic to find out more.

A roadside reinvention: Inside Mollie’s Motel and Diner

Luxury and the roadside hotel might not appear to be obvious bedfellows, but a new motel, situated off a major UK road, is promising to reinvent a tired concept. Going by the name of Mollie’s Motel and Diner – with a tip of the hat to 1950s America – Ross Davies meets its creator Nick Jones.

Overhauling the rulebook: RIBA’s new fire safety guidance

At the end of last year, the RIBA unveiled a draft of its Plan of Work for Fire Safety, in direct response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and subsequent Hackitt Review. Proposing the streamlining of fire safety practices earlier on in the design process, could it give the industry some much-needed clarity over its obligations? Ross Davies reports.

The real deal: authenticity in hotel design

In recent years, the creation of authentic local experience has become a common feature of the hotel design brief. Ross Davies takes a look at the properties that have best incorporated regional heritage into modern structures.

Rage against the machine: lessons from the world’s first robot hotel

When Japan’s Henn-na “Strange Hotel” opened in 2015 it drew headlines by replacing human workers with robots. But with tales of malfunctions and general ineptitude, many of the droids have been given the boot. Ross Davies takes a look at what went wrong for the hotel.

Can a planning overhaul solve Britain’s housing crisis?

Despite government targets, the UK’s housing shortage shows no signs of letting up. Some argue the planning process is due a complete overhaul, but the problem runs much deeper, as Ross Davies reports.

The bridge that robots built: an interview with MX3D

3D printing has been proposed as a future construction tool for several years, but now it’s becoming a reality, with MX3D using robots to 3D print a functional bridge in Amsterdam. Ross Davies caught up with Gijs van der Velden, co-founder of MX3D, to find out how he envisions the technology progressing, and on which areas of architecture it could have the biggest impact.