BEST 2010In this AJ Birmingham special issue, featuring the best of the Low Carbon Hub at the new BEST show at the NEC, we survey the city’s urban design and carbon reduction plans, present Associated Architects’ Birmingham City Council (BCC) office buildings as a low-carbon exemplar and update you on the remains of the city’s Building Schools for the Future programme
With few exceptions, Birmingham is dominated by the car, and the A38 cuts through the heart of the city centre. The city wants to build on the successes of the regenerated canal district around Brindleyplace and begin to reclaim the city centre for pedestrians.
Birmingham’s Big City Plan provides a much-needed framework to repair the urban fabric torn apart by motorways
Launched on 29 September, the Big City Plan sets out urban design and development aspirations for Birmingham city centre. Hattie Hartman interviews Andrew Round, head of the city’s 12-strong Urban Design Unit
New BREEAM Excellent offices for Birmingham City Council are helping the city meet its CO2reduction targets.
Most UK homes need low-carbon retrofitting, so the government must develop a coherent national programme, says Andrew Mellor
Noble, stylish, unique: only the best is good enough for the most special day in a man’s life
GKD is strengthening its presence in Great Britain with a new, permanent showroom in London
Mediamesh as a link between virtual and real experience
Intelligent use of colour lends buildings a personality by emphasising what is important and allowing things which are unimportant to virtually disappear into the background
The fascination of metallic mesh was at the heart of a presentation recently given by Dominique Perrault at the Swiss Building Centre in Zurich (SBCZ)
Sun protection facade for headquarters of Turkish contractors’ association