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Tokyo 2020 Olympics accused of “superficial” sustainability efforts

July 23, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Tokyo Olympic Stadium

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics opens today amid claims that its promise to be the greenest games ever are “greenwashing”. Instead, it is the third-least sustainable Olympics since 1992, according to a new study. This year’s event marks the first Olympics to be carbon neutral and to run entirely on renewable energy, according to its organisers.

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EU proposes emissions controls for buildings and transport in drive to become “world’s first climate-neutral continent”

July 15, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Paris engulfed in smog to illustrate EU emissions control proposal Fit for 55

The European Commission has unveiled sweeping proposals to reduce carbon emissions across the continent that include caps for buildings and transport for the first time. Named Fit for 55, the package unveiled yesterday includes 12 policy proposals aimed at reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent before 2030, compared to 1990 levels. “Achieving these

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Using “ancient wisdoms and techniques” can lead to carbon-neutral buildings says Yasmeen Lari

July 1, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Yasmeen Lari in front of an earth and bamboo Women's Centre

A return to traditional materials and construction techniques could help eliminate carbon emissions, says Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari, who has built more than 45,000 homes from mud, lime and bamboo. Designed for victims of natural disasters in Pakistan, the homes, built since 2005, form “the world’s largest zero-carbon shelter programme,” according to the RIBA. “You’re

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Five architecture and design events in July from Dezeen Events Guide

July 1, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Leeza Soho tower by Zaha Hadid Architects in Beijing, China

A Zaha Hadid retrospective and an architecture conference featuring Souto de Moura, Tatiana Bibao and Kengo Kuma are among the design events listed in Dezeen Events Guide this month. Other events taking place in July include the Moscow Urban Fest, Object Rotterdam, Clerkenwell Design Week and Dezeen’s final Architecture Project Talk in which Groupwork’s Amin

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“We’re taking CO2 out of the system” says carbon-capturing concrete maker Carbicrete

June 15, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Concrete masonry unit by Carbicrete

Montreal company Carbicrete has developed a method for sequestering carbon in concrete, claiming its product captures more carbon than it emits. The technology cuts out the need for calcium-based cement, a key ingredient in traditional concrete that is responsible for around eight per cent of all global CO2 emissions. “It’s negative emissions,” Carbicrete CEO Chris

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Five architecture and design events in June from Dezeen Events Guide

June 1, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Still from Body-Buildings film from Arquiteturas Film Festival as shown in Dezeen Events Guide June 2021

The Design Shanghai trade show, an exhibition about Muslim fashion in New York, Lisbon’s Arquiteturas Film Festival and the London Design Biennale are just some of the global events listed in Dezeen Events Guide this June. In addition to the London Design Biennale, there is an evergrowing line-up of exhibitions and screenings is taking place

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Former MoMA chief curator of architecture and design Terence Riley dies

May 19, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Terence Riley obituary

American architect Terence Riley, former chief curator of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and founding partner of Keenen/Riley Architects, has passed away. Riley had a 13-year tenure at MoMA followed by his work as a teacher and director for the Miami Art Museum, now the Pérez Art Museum Miami. At MoMA,

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Five architecture and design events in May from Dezeen Events Guide

May 1, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Silent disco at the Night Fever exhibition at V&A Dundee as featured in Dezeen Events Guide May

An exhibition about nightclubs at the V&A Dundee and the first-ever Mexico Design Fair are among the events listed in Dezeen Events Guide this May, while the Venice Architecture Biennale is also taking place after its postponement last year. Other in-person events this month include NYCxDesign, Iceland’s largest design festival DesignMarch and the debut International

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3D textiles could “replace concrete and cement” in construction says Hella Jongerius

April 30, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Woven bricks by Hella Jongerius, exhibited as part of Woven Cosmos exhibition at Berlin Gropius Bau

New three-dimensional weaving technologies could revolutionise architecture and lead to lighter, more flexible buildings according to Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. Computerised looms that can produce 3D fabrics could lead to a new type of “pliable architecture”, the designer said. “Textile is the lightest and strongest construct that you can have,” she said. “So with this,

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“Whitest paint on record” reflects 98 per cent of sunlight to cool buildings

April 16, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
"Whitest paint on record" developed by researchers from Purdue University led by Xiulin Ruan

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an “ultra-white” paint that reflects 98 per cent of sunlight and deflects infrared heat, allowing buildings to cool below the surrounding air temperature. The paint, which the university describes as the “whitest paint on record”, owes its cooling power to barium sulphate – a pigment derived from the mineral

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