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BEST 2010

In 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

Future systems' Selfridges has become synonymous with Birmingham, but pedestrian links are still poor

BEST 2010: Birmingham’s low-carbon vision; Hattie Hartman introduces the Low Carbon Hub at BEST

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.

Plan for post-war reconstruction of Birmingham, led by city engineer Herbert Manzoni

BEST 2010: Road map to a vibrant city

Birmingham’s Big City Plan provides a much-needed framework to repair the urban fabric torn apart by motorways

Key areas for transformation: 1. New Street Station 2. Westside 3. Snow Hill District 4. Eastside 5. Southern Gateway

BEST 2010: The Big City Plan

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

View to north-west along Woodcock Street

BEST 2010: Birmingham City Council's BREEAM Excellent new offices

New BREEAM Excellent offices for Birmingham City Council are helping the city meet its CO2reduction targets.

PRP Architects' Retrofit for the Future project at Byron Square, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire

BEST 2010: Home is where the heat is

Most UK homes need low-carbon retrofitting, so the government must develop a coherent national programme, says Andrew Mellor

Perfect partner: woven lustre for interior spaces

Perfect partner: woven lustre for interior spaces

Noble, stylish, unique: only the best is good enough for the most special day in a man’s life

Building Centre

Inspiration and information: GKD at The Building Centre London

GKD is strengthening its presence in Great Britain with a new, permanent showroom in London

BMW

Attractive transparency

Mediamesh as a link between virtual and real experience

GDK

Turn on the colour!

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

Urban Haute Couture

Urban Haute Couture

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)

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Metallic mesh takes the limelight

Sun protection facade for headquarters of Turkish contractors’ association

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