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Tomorrow's buildings: Smarter by design
The smartest buildings of the future will be those designed with people in mind, according to a new breed of architects trying to put the human at the centre of the process. The new era of smart buildings is all about data - but, generally, what is being measured is practical stuff such as temperature, light etc. But what if you could also measure the feelings of the people inside? Read more via the BBC


Buzz61 story2‘Air trains’ could create 40% more space for UK commuters
A train in which seats are deflated in the rush hour to make more room for passengers to stand has been designed for Network Rail as a solution for overcrowding on busy commuter lines. During the rush hour the new retractable seats could create as much as one and a half carriages of extra standing space. The ‘air train’ could be a reality by 2020, according to Arup, the studio behind the project. Read more via World Architecture News


Buzz61 story3 copyUKCW partners the RIBA and Taylor Wimpey launch future housing contest
The RIBA has launched a design competition seeking future housing typologies for housebuilder Taylor Wimpey. Taylor Wimpey plan to build the winning prototypes in 2018, while the winner will have the opportunity to have their designs replicated across Taylor Wimpey's wider standard portfolio of homes. Read more via RIBA


Buzz61 story4275,000 houses to be built on England’s Green Belt
The number of houses planned for England’s green belt has risen to 275,000, nearly 200,000 more than four years ago, making a mockery of government pledges to protect the countryside. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says the number of planned homes on the green belt has increased by 55,000 in a year, with the area around London and the West Midlands under particular threat. Read more via the Guardian


Buzz61 story5A new wave heads for Brighton beach
A mixed-use scheme in Brighton will breathe new life into an underused part of the city’s seafront. A team of local businesses including the architects We Like Today has designed a mixed use leisure destination on the Brighton and Hove sea front that will revive and repopulate a little used area and re-affirm Brighton and Hove’s reputation as the number one destination for open water swimming in the UK. Read more via World Architecture News


Buzz61 story6Salaries are soaring among buildings firms
Salaries for small building firms are soaring as a result of the growing skills shortage, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). A whopping 55% of small building firms are currently reporting difficulties hiring bricklayers, which makes these tradespeople the most in-demand of all construction workers. Read more via the FMB


Buzz61 story7Energy 2016 recharged for another year
Bringing together architects, engineers, project and energy managers, developers and academics, Energy 2016 will be the perfect platform to showcase new solutions, meet new contacts and learn new skills. See brands such as Pavegen, G2 Energy, Schneider Electric, UK Power Networks and Scottish Power among others. Go to the Energy 2016 site


Buzz61 story8Volvo to test self-drive cars in the UK
Swedish carmaker Volvo plans to run driverless car trials on public roads around London from next year. Drive Me London, as the trial is dubbed, will record data from these everyday journeys to help develop the technology and adapt it to real-world conditions. Read more via the BBC


Buzz61 story9Spreading like wildfire
An explosion of timber towers, either built or proposed, has gripped the architecture world over the past five years, every one seemingly a recorder holder in some respect. In 2012, the 10-story, 104-feet-high Forte residential block was erected overlooking Melbourne's Victoria Harbour. It was the world's tallest timber building until The Treet in Central Bergen, Norway, stole that title in 2014, with an extra four stories. Read more via CNN


Buzz61 story10Cement: 95% less carbon
Cement firms pilot new type of plant to slash carbon by 95%. Cement makers have long been criticised for being heavy industrial polluters, but now a consortium of international firms is building a new kind of plant in Belgium which they say could capture more than 95% of CO2 emissions from lime and cement manufacturing. Read more via Global Construction Review



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