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
A new transparent media facade at the Cleveland Institute of Art serves as a platform the creativity of students and staff
With more than 40 rooms and halls, including a concert hall for 1,750 spectators and a chamber music hall accommodating 600 listeners, a superlative cultural centre has been created in Buenos Aires
[SPONSORED FEATURE] An interview with Jacopo Mascheroni, founder and lead architect at JM Architecture, reveals the story behind the design and construction of Jesolo Lido Pool Villa
Watch this video of architect George Saumarez Smith painting a mural using Dulux Trade products
[SPONSORED FEATURE] Philips has revealed the results of an experiment which used light to transform the lives of the residents of a small community in Uppsala, Sweden
[SPONSORED FEATURE] Ceramic surface specialist Mosa presents its new tile range, Mosa Solids, the latest addition to the Dutch company’s selection of floor products