Regenerative Design

The transition to a Regenerative Economy is about seeing the world in a different way: a shift to an ecological world view in which nature is the model. The third publication in the ‘Regenerative Sustainability series from COST Restore is now available (free download from the CostRestore webpages) Design can no longer be only concerned […]

A different Saturday that will change your minds.

Delighted to be involved in the second edition of REGENERATION Design Competition in the Trento region of Italy next week and the Conference on Saturday 16th April. The following is a re-blog from Carlo Battisti’s blog It’s time to imagine a “Living Future” made of “living buildings.” Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool […]

64 hour Living Building Challenge European Competition

I am delighted to have been asked to support and tutor the 64 hours European Competition and design workshop based on the Living Building Challenge to be held in Trento, Italy, April 2015. Below is abridged flyer info from organisers Macro Design Studio. Macro Design Studio in collaboration with ILFI is proud to organize REGENERATION, a design competition in Europe entirely based […]

justpractising – new blog on the block

Great to see new blogs being created that address issues relating to the built environment and web 2.0 ‘stuff’ Fellow twitter Su Butcher has joined the blogosphere with justpractising: So here it is. A blog about architects. There are three things I want to do with this blog, things I have been doing elsewhere on […]

building codes wanted for better future

Received the following from Architecture for Humanity …. a great opportunity to share knowledge and skills collaboratively on line for the greater good. We love to build. Therefore we are obsessed with global and local building codes. A few years ago, 1760 BC to be exact, the Code of Hammurabi was the first set of […]

a smart eco house that daydreams?

Following recent communication with Adam Somlai-Fischer at Zuiprezi, who I hope can get to talk at the be2camp event in October, I took a look at the Reconfigurable House, a concept environment developed by Adam constructed from thousands of low tech components that can be “rewired” by visitors. So far so good, but reconfigurations can […]

where is the service user innovation …

I attended the SCRI event on Service User Innovation in Salford Uni’s new Lady Hale Building yesterday, listened to four influential speakers and participated in thoughtful discussions and break outs. POE (post occupancy evaluations) were mentioned too often – I have an issue with POE  as a means to evaluate performance, and as they have […]

wikitecture wins international open source competition

A web2 collaborative project I have been following through second life and wiki architecture has been the open source architecture design competition via Open Architecture Network. Delighted then to receive the following good news alert from Ryan at Wikitecture: Wikitecture Wins International Competition: 3D-Wiki Used to Compose an Open-Source Entry Chicago, IL, June 09, 2008 […]

Developers accused of pursuing gadgetry instead of saving planet

The Guardian reported on Saturday on the CABE criticism of architects and developers who are, according to CABE ignoring the threat of climate change and failing to address concerns over sustainability, (Based on design reviews of more than 700 large construction projects over the last two years that concluded that fewer than 10 made sustainability […]

zeroHouse

A search over a coffee, starting from Pam’s link (here) led me to zeroHouse. Now this may be hitting a lot of boxes on the zero list, may be an architects vision or dream, but to call eco (as in ‘eco’ =’home’) and a place to live? Does this primary school Lego construction have a […]