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The 10 most popular architecture and design events of 2021 according to Dezeen Events Guide visitors

November 11, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Forestami at Supersalone

Design festivals and conferences started to recover after the pandemic this autumn. With the fair season coming to an end for another year, here are the 10 most popular events of 2021 according to visitors to Dezeen Events Guide. Dezeen Events Guide lists hundreds of international architecture and design exhibitions, talks, trade fairs and more.

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Dezeen 15 festival highlights include Es Devlin calling for “code of conduct” for architects and designers

November 7, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Portraits of Es Devlin, Winy Maas and Yasmeen Lari for Dezeen 15 festival

The first week of the Dezeen 15 digital festival celebrating Dezeen’s 15th birthday saw Yasmeen Lari call for “a new activism among architects” and Winy Maas state “it’s okay to lose a commission” if the client resists sustainable proposals. The festival will see a total of 15 creatives present ideas for how to change the

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Consumption-based carbon emissions “have not been taken into consideration” by architects

October 28, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Helene Chartier portrait

Creating developments that encourage inhabitants to reduce their consumption is the next frontier for low-carbon design, according to Hélène Chartier of sustainable urbanism network C40 Cities. Chartier said that “a change of mindset” is required to ensure that architects look beyond the carbon footprint of their buildings and also consider emissions generated by the lifestyles

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“We’re building tunnels not walls” says Angry Birds co-founder behind plan to link Helsinki and Tallinn via undersea tunnel

October 27, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Finest Bay Area project

A €15 billion project to link the capitals of Finland and Estonia via a tunnel beneath the Baltic Sea will create a metropolitan area “much, much better” for tech startups than Silicon Valley, according to CEO Peter Vesterbacka. The Finest Bay Area project will add 200,000 homes in four new districts, including affordable accommodation for

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Grimshaw’s “completely OTT” Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai caused “significant unnecessary emissions”

October 15, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Grimshaw Sustainability Pavilion

A sustainable construction consultant has attacked Grimshaw Architects’ Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai for having an embodied carbon footprint of almost 18,000 tonnes – a figure that is double the recommended level for a building of its size. Simon Sturgis, a consultant who advises on low-carbon construction, described the building’s carbon footprint as “very

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UK rules on building with timber are a “policy car crash” says Andrew Waugh

October 13, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Andrew Waugh

Rules restricting the use of wood in UK buildings are hampering the switch to low-carbon building methods, according to timber architecture expert Andrew Waugh. Waugh attacked recent government legislation and new funding rules for affordable housing in London, both of which make it harder for architects to specify timber. “It’s a car crash,” said Waugh,

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Forestami project will see “one tree for every inhabitant” planted in Milan

September 24, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Forestami project to plant trees in Milan

Two hundred potted trees that adorned the Supersalone fair in Milan earlier this month will be planted as part of an initiative to grow three million new trees in the city by 2030. Launched last year, the ten-year Forestami project will see 300,000 trees planted each year, with over a quarter of million planted already.

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New ISO standard will create international guidelines for carbon-neutral buildings and products

September 17, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
A visual of Hotel GSH that 3XN and GXN are developing in Denmark

The International Organization for Standardization is developing a global standard that will allow architects and designers to certify their buildings and products as carbon neutral. Due to be published next year, the new ISO standard will for the first time provide an internationally recognised benchmark for carbon neutrality. It aims to clear up confusion over

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UK cement industry sets out roadmap to “go beyond net-zero” by 2050

August 25, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Rammed concrete building

UK producers are trialling new types of cement production methods and testing low-carbon concrete recipes in a bid to eliminate carbon emissions and become a net-zero industry. The moves are part of a roadmap that identifies seven ways of decarbonising the industry with the aim of going “beyond net-zero” by 2050. These include running production

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Concrete construction “offsets around one half” of emissions caused by cement industry says IPCC

August 24, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum

Around half of the carbon emissions from cement production are reabsorbed by the material when used in buildings and infrastructure, according to the latest IPCC climate report. The “cement carbonation sink” absorbs an estimated 20 million tonnes of carbon every year, according to an overlooked section of the report published earlier this month ahead of

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