The lockdown experience has fundamentally changed the way that many of us relate to the built environment. Designers can make shared spaces safer — but can they make people feel safe again?
Additive architecture has a mixed history, and pods are not exactly suited to creating open spaces, but plug-in buildings may offer other advantages
Heritage buildings are often masters of reinvention — what can today’s designers learn from them?
Different parts of a building evolve at different speeds, so it makes sense to keep them separate
An adaptable overlay of smart modes could help buildings to remain useful for longer
More than ever, we need buildings that can bend to whatever the future brings. But flexibility itself has always been a malleable concept. Can it be pinned down?
We can think about corporate resilience in the same terms as wellness and self-care, say Kealy Herman and Emily Wasley
Costa Rica’s decarbonization plan could make it US$41 billion better off by 2050 — even if other countries do nothing, says Adrien Vogt-Schilb
We need new solutions for sustainable reuse, says Maria Brogren, but we should also look to the past
Smart buildings present new, unprecedented risks to their developers, owners and tenants. Managing these must become part of the design process
The pandemic has given a stark illustration of how the built environment affects our health, but also shows the potential for change
Examining why we weren’t ready can help us equip for future disasters of any kind
Technology will be critical to expanding provision in remote areas
As COVID-19 shutters communities around the world, collaboration is more important than ever
Healthcare facilities need to be resilient to a range of perils, known and unknown
Food sovereignty and sustainable food systems expert Nick Rose is pioneering urban agriculture in Melbourne. He explains why the future of city life depends on it
We need to stop thinking of buildings as fixed entities and give them the chance to adapt, writes Mark Bessoudo
From flood mitigation to mental health: the scientific case summarized
Can we afford to make space for nature in our ever more crowded cities? Faced with overheating, pollution and total ecosystem collapse, can we afford not to?
This issue seeks the optimum balance between technology and the human element
How do we prepare for a future that is both entirely certain and completely unknowable?
We can’t completely predict climate change, in part because it depends on how we react to it
Take every chance to fix issues before it is too late, says WSP’s Michael Mondshine
How can we secure our cities from the threat of terrorism without destroying what makes them liveable?
The risk of such attacks has increased, but there is no agreed strategy for how to respond
Following security protocols to the letter can increase risk
Intelligent systems make cities vulnerable to new threats
Do the two climate-change disciplines need to talk to each other more?
The smarter our lives, homes and cities become, the greater the risk that they could be taken over by hackers and used against us, says Peter Richards
BDP’s Neil Cadenhead considers comfort, mythology and hospital design in a post-antibiotic world
CLT can create lighter, less variable structures
By 2050, the urban population will almost double to 6.3 billion. Cities must accommodate 77 million new residents each year