Category: Architecture

Kebony, Accoya, Thermowood and Engineered Alternatives to Tropical Hardwoods


I’ve recently been doing a project that’s needed a hard, durable and dimensionally stable wood. Traditionally, tropical hardwoods have been used for projects like these, but is there not an alternative that doesn’t destroy the rainforests?

Hacking down forests and not replacing them causes the extinction of species (tropical rainforests are home to half of all species),

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Clerkenwell Design Week, 22-24 May 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Clerkenwell is one of London and the UK’s creative hotspots and next week it will be hosting its annual festival to celebrate and explore design’s ‘creative richness, social relevance and technological advancements’.

Clerkenwell Design Week‘s packed 3-day programme of workshops, presentations, debates and exhibitions

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Sustainable Eco Cities: Will Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City Succeed where China’s Dongtan Failed?

Masdar City

Dongtan City Plan (Image: www.worldarchitecturenews.com)

A few years ago, I read about an experimental city in China called DongTan. The idea of Dongtan was that it was designed, from the ground up, to be a model for future sustainable urban design. Twenty other towns in China were planned around the

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A Green Roof Over Your Head


Roofs are valuable yet underutilised assets, I can’t help feeling that sometimes they are a bit ‘out of sight, out of mind‘. Encouragingly, I’ve been noticing more and more mentions of green roofs recently. I was also inspired and slightly surprised to spot a veritable jungle growing on the top of a high rise apartment block

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Four of a kind: A roof over our heads!

Apartment foyer Japan

There is a whole world above our heads that we rarely see unless we take the time to look up! Here are some of my favorite examples of times when I’ve been greatly rewarded after an upward glance at the ceiling or roof above my head.

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Mongolian yurt

Yurts, it would seem, are an option for anyone seeking a truly eco home… an interesting alternative for anyone not convinced by the plastic bottle houses I recently wrote about. Living in a yurt doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up all your creature comforts, and there are a number of companies from whom

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House made of 1200 plastic bottles

Casa de las Botellas

What can you make out of 1200 empty drinks bottles? Well, I recently visited the “Casa de las Botellas” (House of Bottles) in Puerto Iguazu in the North-East of Argentina, a project by Alfredo Alberto Santa Cruz demonstrating how everyday rubbish like plastic bottles and tetrapaks can be used to create housing. I had

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Four of a kind: Dense living

Dense living - shoebox style

Every man’s home is his castle… sometimes it just happens to be very close to another person’s castle! Here are some of my favorite examples of ‘dense living’… I love the repetition of the building’s features and the way each otherwise identical unit is personalised by the people living there.

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Four of a kind: Corrugated iron

Corrugated iron - hatch

For the very first ‘Four of a kind’ I bring you a personal favorite of mine… corrugated iron. There is beauty in the mundane, the ordinary, our everyday items and surroundings. My ‘Four of a kind’ collections bring together 4 otherwise random images under a common theme. Just for fun.

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