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The environment has always had a strong influence on architecture, but with the climate changing at pace, and an increasing focus on sustainability, it’s now a vital aspect of building design.

In this, the second issue of Design & Build Review in our striking new format, we focus on green architecture in all its forms, including Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) final designs for its innovative waste-to-energy plant and Adjaye Associates’ bold but functional design for the National Cathedral of Ghana.

Also in this issue, we find out how architects are adapting to an increase in extreme weather conditions, investigate whether crowdsourced video recordings of the Grenfell tragedy could help determine what happened and speak to the team behind Dutch Mountains, the largest wooden building on Earth to find out why wood may be the go-to material of the future

Plus, we look at some of the latest projects to break ground, as well as those that are finally ready to open and discover some of the key trends for hotels in the coming year

For all this, and much more, take a look at the latest issue of Design & Build Review.

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In this issue

Breaking Ground: The Architectural Projects Beginning Construction
Groundbreaking ceremonies mark the moment where a project finally begins to move from concept to reality. We look at some of the most notable projects from around the globe to begin construction in the past few months
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A Power Plant with a View: the Promise of Bjarke Ingels Group’s Amager Bakke
When it opens in September, Copenhagen’s Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant will include an unprecedented rooftop park and ski slope. Such features have understandably attracted much publicity around the project and its architects, Bjarke Ingels Group, but, writes Ross Davies, the plant will ultimately be judged on its energy efficiency
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First Look: David Adjaye’s Design for the National Cathedral of Ghana
Adjaye associates, led by British Ghanaian architect sir David Adjaye, last month unveiled the designs for a new national cathedral of Ghana, a vast structure combining worship, education and cultural spaces. We take a look at the design
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After The Flood: The Pioneering Architects Embracing Flood-Conscious Design
A surge in extreme weather conditions is requiring architects to increasingly take flooding into account in their designs. Elliot Gardner takes a look at some of the projects pioneering in this area, and hears from some of the architects involved about the best practices for flood-conscious design
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Forensic Architecture: Crowdsourcing the Grenfell Fire
A tragedy such as the Grenfell fire is inevitably captured for posterity by hundreds, if not thousands of onlookers. But could that footage be used to determine exactly what happened? Forensic Architecture plans to achieve just that
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Dutch Mountains: A Circular Revolution in the World’s Largest Wooden Building
Dutch mountains, a planned high-tech hub near Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will be the largest wooden building on earth when completed. In development by a team of architects, developers and service companies, it will be entirely self-sufficient and highly sustainable. But what makes this project possible now, and how might it become a future model for circular building design? Chris Lo investigates
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Ready to Open: Recently Completed Architectural Projects
When a project is finally completed, it provides a moment of relief for all involved, and the chance for the architectural community at large to give their thoughts. Here we look at some of the most striking and celebrated projects to be completed in recent months
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Urban Splash at 25: A Retrospective of Britain’s Maverick Architects
Pioneering architecture firm Urban Splash has gained an impressive reputation for bold designs and a maverick approach to the development process, bagging 14 RIBA Awards in the process. Now the practice is the subject of ‘It Will Never Work’, an exhibition in partnership with RIBA North that opened in Liverpool at the end of March
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Oslo’s Architectural Rise: The Transformation of the Norwegian Capital
The Norwegian capital Oslo is currently seeing rapid growth, and with it, the transformation of many areas of the city. But what effect has this had on the city’s architectural identity and is it really benefiting the local population? Patrick Kingsland finds out
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Key Trends for Hotel Design in 2018
The hotel industry has changed considerably in recent years, as a new generation become a core part of the consumer base. Here we look at some of the emerging hotel design trends that are set to dominate in the coming year
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Modern Addition: Connecting Victorian with Contemporary
Merging the contemporary with the traditional isn’t always successful, but Ormerod Sutton Architects’ extension of a Victorian boutique hotel is a great example of contrast in action. We look at the newly approved design
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New In: The Latest Materials, Fixtures and Fittings
With new materials, fixtures and fittings forever becoming available, it’s sometimes a challenge to keep up. Here we look at some of our favourites to be released in recent months
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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Design & Build Review, out in June, we’ll be looking at some of the technologies shaping the changing world of architecture and construction. As part of this, we’ll consider the potential of robotic construction techniques: will they ultimately prove more successful than 3D printing? Or will they forever be a niche approach that fails to work on a commercial scale?

We’ll also look at the challenges and technologies surrounding earthquake-resistant design, in a time where incidents are on the rise and yet many buildings are being found to be not fit for purpose, and consider how algorithmic design is beginning to be used to bring bespoke features to large-scale housing projects.

Plus we’ll look at the work and vision of the brilliant Space Popular, one of the most fascinating and unorthodox practices around in the industry today.