GREEN ARCHITECTURE

People are drawn to the city these days. There living space is becoming increasingly scarce and densely built-up areas hardly offer any space for greenery. The construction industry could, however, become greener again: with houses that blend in with nature.

How sustainable urban development can promote urban resilience

Environmental pollution, scarcity of resources and social inequality - many challenges of the present as well as climate change are concentrated in cities - sustainable urban development counteracts this

Book Club: Kuma - Japanese Architecture "Tradition meets modernity"

Our book tip of the month lets you discover the innovative architecture of the Japanese visionary Kengo Kuma with the beginning of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo

Berlin TXL will soon be a smart city and hotspot for urban technologies

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Aging as an opportunity for intergenerational design

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Big City-Life: Sky Pool opens in London's Embassy Gardens

London architecture project: The 25-meter-long “Sky Pool” in the urban district of Embassy Gardens connects two ten-story buildings

The future of urban cities: Empathic buildings and intelligent mobility

Prof. Nikolaus Hafermaas, Managing Partner Creation of the Berlin agency Graft Brandlab, on the sustainable development of architecture, urban planning and mobility By Prof. Nikolaus Hafermaas, Graft Brandlab

Rethinking living spaces: Modular architecture and housing concepts

With modular architecture and flexible living concepts into the future of living - we show sustainable and creative projects that rethink living

3D printing ideas: These innovative formats set new milestones

Hardly any other industry has experienced such a boom in recent years as three-dimensional printing technology - here are five particularly innovative 3D printing ideas 

What we can expect from the future new work culture

A shift in values ​​towards collaboration, creative solutions and agility will result in the humanisation of future work

Book Club: Ai Weiwei - 40th Anniversary Edition

Our book tip of the month follows Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei through his life stages and shows his works inspired by the different phases

News: "All Eyes On" - The digital format of the German Design Award 2021

This year, the winning projects of the German Design Award will be presented by the German Design Council in a new online framework.

Wallmakers House: Award-winning architecture with a sense of sustainability

Vinu Daniel is considered an architectural pioneer. His Wallmakers house Shikhara shows how he is revolutionizing modern house construction in the long term

Architectural design and new standards for sustainability

Setting signals where they are created - this is what the British architecture firm does with its sustainability manifesto

Green architecture combines construction and nature

Sustainable construction should make it possible to use natural resources to build houses. When selecting the building materials, the question of which existing raw materials can be reused or converted in a circular system should also be in the foreground.

Conserve resources and save energy

Sustainable energy sources such as photovoltaics or solar batteries ensure the power supply for green buildings. Such houses can obtain water from recycled rainwater, among other things. Architecture that does not harm nature and uses existing resources instead of wasting them.

Building in nature

The right location also plays a major role when it comes to sustainable architecture. A place should preferably be chosen where the ecosystem can be preserved. The land use should also be reduced as much as possible. At best, trees, bushes and meadows around the building are largely preserved before new gardens are artificially built.

Green label for houses

Green architecture is also certified by the seal. The most widespread certifications for sustainable building are the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) - the oldest certification system for sustainable building. They take into account the effects of buildings on a global, regional, local and indoor level. Criteria taken into account include management, energy, water, land use, health and well-being, transport, materials, pollution, waste and innovation.

Sustainable house construction meets design

The close-to-nature house construction creates exciting designs. Green roofs, facades full of plants or houses in the shape of hills - architects have no limits when building green architecture. Trends such as vertical agriculture are also gaining ground in this context.