Design & Build Review: Issue 16 | January 2015

Aquatecture – architecture built on water – is on the rise due to a shortage of land. We investigate the challenge that is designing water-based housing projects.

We also find out how careful designing can alter human behaviour. This includes how the concept could see us desining out crime from out public space, and the views of leading Professor, Rachel Armitage.

Moreover, we consider the best approaches to incorporating solar panels on buildings. While doing this we find out and explain how architects can best incorporate solar panels into the design process as the market is on the cusp of a solar explosion.

Luciano Lazzari, the President of the Architects’ Council of Europe, discusses four interconnected issues he believe will be essential for the industry in meeting the challenges ahead.

There’s a look at the best of the stunning staircases featured in a new book that is a critical examination of their design.

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And we also look at the engineering challenge associated with Singapore Sports Hub stadium’s 2,200t moveable roof.

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In this issue

The future of functional, fresh food
With urban populations expanding, city market places could be the key to reinstating our connection with the food that we eat. We look at four designs setting trends for the modern food market.
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Building with water
Floods are killing people all over the world and rising sea levels caused by climate change are set to make matters worse. We ask BACA Architects about the company’s vision for future cities that transform water from threat into a useful feature.
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Fighting crime with design
With careful planning and intuitive design it may be possible to alter human behaviour to create a more harmonious society. We find out more about the concept of designing out crime from Professor Rachel Armitage, a leading UK expert on the subject.
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Building a long-term vision
Looking towards the future, Architects’ Council of Europe President Luciano Lazari discusses four interconnected issues he believes will be essential for the industry in meeting the challenges ahead.
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Solar smart
Projections suggest the market for solar panels is on the cusp of an explosion. We find out how architects can best incorporate solar panels into the design process.
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Secret Solar
Only once found in the realm of science fiction, coloured and pure white edgeless solar panels are now a commercial reality. We find out what benefits the technology could provide.
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Stunning stairs
Brilliant design takes the staircase from purely functional element to bold architectural feature. This except from Detail In Contemporary Staircase Design by Paul barton showcases some of the most impressive projects from around the world.
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One for all seasons
Building a retractable roof for the worlds’ largest free-standing dome stadium is no easy task. We take a look inside the centrepiece of the new Singapore sports hub.
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New in
The construction and design industry is forever producing new materials, fixtures and fittings. We profile some of the best new products that have come on the market over the past months.
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Next issue preview

The Saudi Arabian municipality of Jeddah has announced plans to build three new cities – one recreational, one residential and one industrial. We take a detailed look at the plans and consider how the final project could take shape.

We also consider how volumetric construction technology is changing temporary housing and look at the implications for this growing sector.

Moreover, we ask how architects can give back now that charity Architecture for Humanity has closed, and look at the latest in construction technology, materials and fittings.

The next issue will be out in April.

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