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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

Centro

GKD - Woven skin for the Blue Whale of Buenos Aires

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

Mosa

'People understand the language of a space when it is finished'

[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

Video: The vision behind George Saumarez Smith's Parthenon mural

Watch this video of architect George Saumarez Smith painting a mural using Dulux Trade products

Philips reveals the results of innovative ‘Light up the dark’ experiment

[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

Mosa

Mosa: grace and power - a solid performance

[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

GKD

Elegant solar protection

BDP’s One North Bank office complex in Sheffield uses woven vertical louvres

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