HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Climate Action

Climate change remains at the forefront of conversation in architecture, as huge strikes take place all over the world. AIA have put their foot forward, and the UK government announce major new renewable energy projects. Could the tides be starting to turn?

Read on to find out more.

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Hundreds of designers and architects took to the streets in New York, workers from globally renowned firms such as Snøhetta, Selldorf Architects, Joe Doucet and Gensler; all to participate in the Global Climate strike. Over 150 countries participated in the strike, a strike led prodominently by young people. The desire and effort put in shows it’s an issue that will not be hushed away into silence, and a movement which leading architects are acknowledging and getting behind.

“It honestly seems like this generation, unlike any other before it, better understands the profound human impact of climate change. And they really feel like they’re going to do something about it.” – Shane Burger, principal of Wood Bagot’s New York office.

“It’s now our challenge, as designers of the built environment, to tap into this energy and work with them to drive holistic change in our industry,” Burger said.

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have come out saying that they are making the issue of climate change their absolute top priority, releasing a five point action plan. The previous Monday they unveiled their Where We Stand: Climate Action plan in a pivotal move which should have major ripple effects through the rest of the profession globally.

“This is a defining moment for the Institute,” said current AIA president William Bates. “We are making this [climate action plan] our top priority in order to address the crisis our communities face.”

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The pressure put on our governments has prompted a response, with a dozen new renewable energy projects being approved, including the world’s biggest windfarm. An array of different renewable sources including wind farms, but also advanced waste to gas conversion technologies, and a remote island onshore wind generation in Scotland.

Being able to generate 6 gigawatts of energy, the new projects will be able to provide enough energy for seven million homes.

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A large London developer, Great Portland Estates, have commited to the goal of their practice being completely net zero carbon by 2030. Aswell as signing onto the groundbreaking Climate Change Commitment launched by members of the Better Buildings Partnership, this move by the company will hopefully warrant competitors to take action too. They are also aiming to make their existing buildings more energy efficient.

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Ford’s Research & Engineering (R&E) Center in Dearborn, Michigan is set for a huge overhaul, with a new masterplan for the site unveiled by Snøhetta. The original site was opened by Henry Ford II in 1946, dedicated to research and product development, but the car giant feel that it is time for a revamp with the hope of better integrating the massive site into it’s surroundings.

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The museum that ‘defies gravity’; BIG’s new twisting bridge/museum has opened in the Kistefos sculpture park, Norway. The engineering is certainly a site to behold, however, it does stick out like a sore thumb and from a view, looks like a hunk of metal plonked into a forest. But the firm hope that the intriguing interior will win people over.

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Aldi are looking to capitalise on their recent boom, announced they plan to open a new supermarket every week, focusing especially on the London area within the M25. Seeking to double the number of stores inside the capital’s ring round, the German supermarket are looking to invest £1bn.

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New polls have revealed that a post Brexit surge in UK property investment is looking likely, as the caution caused by Brexit uncertainty subsides. It revealed that 55% of investors paused their activity whilst negotiations are ongoing, suggesting a huge upturn once an agreement is reached.

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A new skyscraper is set for Salford, with Hong Kong-based developer One Heritage Property Developments aiming to start construction next year, subject to planning. The skyscraper will become the tallest in the area.

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Conceptual architecture studio Cutwork have created a new solution for refugee crises, which allows concrete to be mixed and created in just 24 hours, allowing for easy and fast construction. Built with Cortex Composites, a type of flatpack concrete sheeting that can be rolled into place and set into a permanent form by adding water, it could be critical to ensuring the safety and warmth of those affected.

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Despite some positivity about the outlook of the market, house price growth is at it’s lowest rate for seven years; a market struggling from a lack of momentum.

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A bending, stretching bridge has won a competition, set to be built by Tianfu Airport City, a high-tech industrial development zone in the south of Chengdu, China. Reflecting the innovation in the area, the futuristic design by SBP is set to be a beacon for the city as it rises above the Jiangxi River.

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Tenant eviction company Landlord Action are predicting that the abolition of Section 21 will lead to rises in homelessness. It revealed that as many as 50% of Section 21 cases they handle are as a result of tenants wanting to be re-housed by the council and 95% of Section 8 cases are for mandatory two months’ rent arrears.

It says that therefore, if landlords are forced to use Section 8 route in the future, thousands more tenants will have rent arrears judgements against them, rather than simply being evicted using Section 21. In addition, more tenants could find themselves with a County Court Judgement (CCJ), which will severely impact their future credit rating.

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MVRDV are seeking to bring back the lost canals of the Hague, filled in during the 20th Century. With help from the local community, they hope it will allow the area to rediscover it’s true identity, which forms a solid core for the city of Amsterdam.

“All over the world, neighborhoods like the old center of The Hague form the backbone of tourism and provide an identity to a city, but in The Hague somehow this ancient and incredibly charming area was forgotten, […] The area offers the unique chance for an urban regeneration that will improve the local economy and make a leap forward in the city’s energy transition.”

Winy Maas, architect and co-founder of MVRDV.

2019-09-23T15:20:31+00:00