In a quieter week in the world of property & architecture, Theresa May announces the UK’s new target of ‘net zero’ carbon by 2050, a very significant move in the context of wider environmental responsibility of nations.
The UK government has come out to announce that by 2050, they will cut the greenhouse gas emissions down to zero. Following on from Finland, Theresa May said there was a “moral duty to leave this world in a better condition than what we inherited”.
The target of 80% reduction by 2050 was changed to ‘net zero’ carbon emissions, meaning all emissions emitted from every house, car, factory and cat must be equal or less than the CO2 absorbed by the trees.
Is this merely a political ploy to answer to the several environmental rallies occurring in the capital, or is this a genuine concentration of attention on the issue?
For this to be achievable, experts say a huge investment into greener energies will be needed from the government.
Grenfell campaigners have projected huge messages onto unsafe tower blocks, highlighting that 75% of the blocks deemed not fit to be living in due to the cladding have still not been renovated. Only 105 of the 433 have been reclad, prompting the action to be taken in London, Manchester & Newcastle.
Finally, the famous Sagrada Familia in the Spanish capital of Barcelona has been granted it’s first building permit, despite it being under construction since 1882, allowing the building works to be completed.
The new £1.1bn East Bank cultural hub in Stratford has passed the final planning hurdle, meaning the landmark new development gets the go-ahead.
Architecture giant Nicholas Grimshaw is stepping down as chair of his own architecture firm after 40 years, instead focusing his efforts on helping young people enter the industry, and promote diversity and sustainability.
Several firms have come up with their vision for Uber Air Skyports. Firms such as SHoP and Gensler entered their designs, which must be able to house both cars and drone taxis, which must be “fully considered and technically feasible”, ready for service by 2023.
Despite homeownership, especially amongst young people, being in decline, research has found out that the amount of people with second homes has doubled since 2001.
The “ultimate McDonalds” has opened in Times Square, designed by Landini Associates, which looks like a shrine to the iconic fast food joint, with a 862 square metre billboard above it, the third biggest in Times Square.
The winners of the year’s International Student Design Competition have been announced, with over 2,200 students from 199 universities worldwide competing.
Foster + Partners have completed their new quartet of train stations in Saudi Arabia, all connected by the huge 280-mile Haramain high-speed rail line. With an estimated 135 million passengers using the rail line per year, the stations in Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City have been designed as “gateways” to each of the cities, with Foster + Partners also designing the Jeddah metro system, which will link to the high-speed line.
The Queen’s former home in Malta, Villa Guardamangia, where she lived in her younger years with Phillip, is now for sale listed at £5million in the country’s capital of Valetta.
Unilever have tried to create “Instagram-ready” spaces in their new New Jersey campus, to try and help employees forget they are in a suburban office park. Headed by architecture firm Perkins+Will, they wanted people to feel like they were in Manhattan.
A study conducted on the government’s Help-to-Buy scheme has discovered that not only was it helping people that didn’t truly need the extra assistance (ie could have borrowed from the banks), it served to inflate house prices further.
A new building has been imagined for the Kazakhstan capital of Nursultan, formerly Astana, which reflects the country’s flag. A giant hole in the middle of a rectangular building reflecting off the river was thought up by Rotterdam-based Fundamental Architects and visualisation studio Omega Render, producing the design for BI Group, Kazakhstan’s largest developer.
KPF’s first residential tower in Philadelphia, titled Arthau, has broken ground, with construction on the 47-storey building getting underway.
“we wanted to create an expression of luxury living in the center of a vibrant, one-of-a-kind city – a beacon that signals the center of arts and music in Philadelphia”