Design for sustainability Archive

The impact of the built environment on climate change – and of climate change on the built environment

Why is the built environment important to climate change?  We all live and work in buildings, and they provide us with shelter and warmth, belonging and protection. However the built environment is responsible for

What makes a design “Smart”?

Enjoying a bright sunny day, a light breeze and a cosy fire in winter are three of the most delightful pleasures one gets to experience. Surprisingly, I hardly remember the last time I got

Night…that mystic

Science, poetry, painting and other forms of art have always been inspired by that mysterious darkness with the countless stars that night brings in its folds. In a certain way, that is quite expected

Ethics before Creativity

“Justice is the basis of urbanisation” is the letteral translation of one of the famous lines of “Al-Muqaddimah”; “Introduction”, the great book of Ibn Khaldun, the well-known ancient Arab philosopher, sociologist, and historian. However,

The Boring City 

Doctors have always told us to move more, go for a walk, and keep doing it as a daily habit. We, the city people try to manage to do this, but once we’ve decided

Immersive Atmospheres…

They are just everywhere, your favourite restaurant, that novel you have lived in your imagination just as much as you have read, and surely that movie that you can endlessly watch again and again.

Homeworld ’81 revisited

The Homeworld ’81 BBC Future Home 2000  Last month I attended one of the online events celebrating the 40thanniversary of the Milton Keynes Homeworld ‘81 exhibition. Yes, I am old enough to have been

Design for repair and maintainability

Recently, I have been thinking about design for repair and maintainability.  The three ‘R’s of sustainability remind us to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but ‘Reuse’ can be a challenge when so many products are not

Pick a metric, any metric! Designing Building Energy Standards

The UK Government is currently consulting on the Future Building Standard which includes updates to parts of the building regulations dealing with energy use in buildings (MHCLG, 2021). The built environment is a major

Bringing smart cities back to people

Co-authors: Prof. Matthew Cook, Dr. Emma Dewberry. In the era of speed, big data, and technology, one cannot help but notice how the focus on the growth of the city and becoming ‘smart’ has