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Environment - Architecture - 15.05.2024
Using AI to improve building energy use and comfort
New study from Waterloo researchers creating climate change-proof buildings with deep learning-powered inspections    University of Waterloo researchers have developed a new method that can lead to significant energy savings in buildings. The team identified 28 major heat loss regions in a multi-unit residential building with the most severe ones being at wall intersections and around windows.

Environment - Architecture - 29.04.2024
A landscape vision for municipal planning: a practical guide
A landscape vision for municipal planning: a practical guide
The UdeM Chair in Landscape and Environment publishes a practical guide to landscape planning, the result of an action-research project conducted with the City of Saint-Constant and the Roussillon RCM. The Chaire en paysage et environnement de l'Université de Montréal (CPEUM) announces the publication of a brand new guide for elected officials and municipal professionals, as well as anyone interested in the future of landscapes and the quality of living environments.

Environment - Architecture - 10.04.2024
What can cities do to promote acceptance of densification?
What can cities do to promote acceptance of densification?
Swiss cities are more likely to accept densification when densification projects provide affordable housing and green spaces compared to densification that is implemented through reduced regulations for housing construction. By prioritizing a socio-ecological densification, extensive planning procedures and delays might be minimized.

Environment - Architecture - 22.03.2024
Think globally, rebuild locally
In order to recycle construction materials, keep them close to home, a new study of Amsterdam suggests. Building construction accounts for a huge chunk of greenhouse gas emissions: About 36 percent of carbon dioxide emissions and 40 percent of energy consumption in Europe, for instance. That's why the European Union has developed regulations about the reuse of building materials.

Architecture - Environment - 21.03.2024
Climate-friendly renovations using straw and hemp
Climate-friendly renovations using straw and hemp
Renovating buildings to improve their energy efficiency is a crucial step towards Switzerland achieving its climate targets. researchers can now reveal the most effective renovation strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions: replace fossil-fuel heating systems and harness the potential of bio-based building materials like straw and hemp.

History / Archeology - Architecture - 22.01.2024
What can today’s architects learn from a lost ventilation system used in 19th century building design?
By revamping a forgotten heat recovery technique used in the design of Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill researchers say modern temperature control and ventilation design could be transformed As the COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about efficient ventilation and the climate crisis threatens to exacerbate extreme temperatures, efficient building design is front of mind for today's architects.

Environment - Architecture - 30.11.2023
Architecture’s concerns - and hopes - for our climate future
An industry survey has found Australian architects are worried about the climate crisis and frustrated by barriers to action but are confident the profession can contribute to a sustainable future.

Architecture - 02.11.2023
AI trained to identify least green homes by Cambridge researchers
AI trained to identify least green homes by Cambridge researchers
First of its kind AI-model can help policymakers efficiently identify and prioritize houses for retrofitting and other decarbonizing measures. This is the first time that AI has been trained to identify hard-to-decarbonize buildings Ronita Bardhan 'Hard-to-decarbonize' (HtD) houses are responsible for over a quarter of all direct housing emissions - a major obstacle to achieving net zero - but are rarely identified or targeted for improvement.

Architecture - 26.10.2023
New system trial for reporting building issues
New system trial for reporting building issues
The MyCampus system will be trialled in six buildings from 6 November, before being rolled out across UCL. Staff and students can report maintenance issues and track progress. What do I need to know?  MyCampus is an integrated workplace management system (IWMS), of the type used by many large organisations, which provides a single source of truth for all Estates data to inform decision-making on the operational requirements of UCL's estate.

Environment - Architecture - 06.10.2023
Pairing fans, air conditioning saves energy while keeping offices cool
CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Creating information technology solutions for society's most pressing challenges An alliance between UC Berkeley researchers and academic and industry partners in Singapore has demonstrated that combining ceiling fans with higher air conditioning set points can lower energy use by one-third - without sacrificing occupant comfort.

Environment - Architecture - 25.09.2023
A sustainable alternative to air conditioning
Researchers set out to achieve passive cooling inside naturally conditioned buildings in hot, arid climates As the planet gets hotter, the need for cool living environments is becoming more urgent. But air conditioning is a major contributor to global warming since units use potent greenhouse gases and lots of energy.

Architecture - 11.09.2023
Increasing affordable housing in the countryside with Rural Exception Sites
Embracing the Rural Exception Site planning policy can significantly increase the delivery of affordable homes in the English countryside, while maintaining the community's local character, finds a new report by researchers from UCL and the English Rural Housing Association. The report, titled Land, Landowners, and the Delivery of Affordable Homes in Rural Areas , outlines the housing affordability issues facing rural towns and parishes, and highlights how greater use of the already-established Rural Exception Site policy could help deliver much needed affordable homes.

Architecture - 05.07.2023
Sydney Opera House is still revealing its secrets as it turns 50
Sydney Opera House is still revealing its secrets as it turns 50
Paolo Tombesi has rewritten an important part of the history of this gem of Australian architecture.

Astronomy / Space - Architecture - 21.06.2023
Researchers on curating a pavilion at Venice Biennale
Two University of Luxembourg researchers of the Master in Architecture programme and the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, Francelle Cane and Marija Maric, were selected to represent Luxembourg at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale with their project titled - Down to Earth -. The Luxembourg Pavilion opened on 18 May in Sale d'Armi, Arsenale, as a part of this year's edition of La Biennale - The Laboratory of the Future - curated by Lesley Lokko.

Architecture - Materials Science - 18.04.2023
Revolution in brick production
Revolution in brick production
Modern brick facades mostly consist of homogeneous bricks. The Keller companies and HSLU researchers have developed a production process for bricks that opens up completely new design possibilities for architects. The joint Innosuisse research project arose from an award-winning thesis in the Master Design at HSLU.

Career - Architecture - 23.03.2023
Essential workers face ever greater challenges
Research tracks geographic patterns of rising costs and declining housing affordability Frontline workers in essential public services play a critical role in our cities, but new research shows it's becoming more difficult for essential workers to live within reasonable commuting distance of their workplace.

Architecture - 20.03.2023
Financial landlords own four times more rental units than previously thought
Financial firms have moved in on Montreal's rental housing market New research indicates that a small percentage of financial landlords, like private equity firms and institutional investors, own four times more of Montreal's rental housing stock than was previously estimated. Neighbourhoods with more financial landlords are also experiencing higher housing stress levels.

Environment - Architecture - 16.02.2023
EPFL architects rethink the city-river balance within neighborhoods
EPFL architects rethink the city-river balance within neighborhoods
Architects at EPFL have developed a new, multi-criteria evaluation method to support better decision-making for the redevelopment of brownfield sites in Geneva, Sion and elsewhere along the Rhone.

Environment - Architecture - 15.02.2023
Canada’s first zero-carbon, net-positive energy building is on track to propel Ontario’s energy transition
Research shows how data and staff expertise play a vital role in ensuring sustainable buildings deliver on their promise to put clean energy back into the grid Office buildings are typically not energy efficient, and globally they contribute to nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions from construction to end of life.

Architecture - Social Sciences - 02.02.2023
The cities we create lead to isolation and loneliness
The cities we create lead to isolation and loneliness
Loneliness is more than just a personal problem. Drs Jennifer Kent, Emily Rugel and Marlee Bower explore how the places in which we live, work and play can be an important factor in fostering connections and building relationships. If you're feeling lonely, you're not alone. Loneliness is an  increasingly common experience , and it can have severe consequences.
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