Reviews

Reimaging Sustainable Cities: Strategies for Designing Green, Healthier, More Equitable Communities

By Stephen M Wheeler and Christina D Rosan. University of California Press, 2021, ISBN: 978052038121-6

Defensible Space on the Move: Mobilisation in English Housing Policy and Practice

By Loretta Lees and Elanor Warwick. RGS-IBG with Wiley, 2022, ISBN: 9781119500438

The Impact of Overbuilding on People and the Planet

By David A Ness. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2019, ISBN: 1527574709.

The Unsettling Outdoors: Environmental Estrangement in Everyday Life

By Russell Hitchings. RGS-IBG with Wiley, 2021, ISBN: 978-1-119-54915-4.

Routledge Handbook of Resilient Thermal Comfort

By Fergus Nicol, Hom Bahadur Rijal and Sue Roaf. Routledge, 2022, ISBN 9781032155975.

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales From Buildings to Cities

Edited by N.B. Rajkovich and S.H. Holmes. Routledge, 2022. ISBN 9780367467333

Visual Delight in Architecture: Daylight, Vision and View

by Lisa Heschong. Routledge, 2021. ISBN 9780367563233

Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency

By Sarah Ichioka and Michael Pawlyn. Triarchy Press, 2021, ISBN: 9781913743260

Work on the Move 3: Building Better Workplaces After the Pandemic

Edited By Michael Schley and Alexi Marmot. IFMA, 2021, ISBN: 9781737903222

Thermal Design of Buildings: Understanding Heating, Cooling and Decarbonization

by Phillip Jones. Crowood Press, 2021, ISBN: 9781785008986

London’s Global Office Economy: From Clerical Factory to Digital Hub

By Rob Harris. Routledge, 2021, ISBN: 9780367646721

Architecture & the Public Good

By Tom Spector. Anthem Press, 2021, ISBN: 9781785277344

The Venice Variations: Tracing the Architectural Imagination

by Sophia Psarra. UCL Press, 2018, ISBN: 9781787352391

Architecture: From Prehistory to Climate Emergency

By Barnabas Calder. Pelican, 2021, ISBN: 9780241396735

A Future for Planning: Taking Responsibility for Twenty-First Century Challenges

By Michael Harris. Routledge, 2019, ISBN: 9781138708808

Healthy Homes: Designing with Light and Air for Sustainability and Wellbeing

By Nick Baker & Koen Steemers. RIBA Publishing, 2019, ISBN: 9781859467138

Critique of Architecture: Essays on Theory, Autonomy, and Political Economy

By Douglas Spencer. Birkhäuser, 2021, ISBN: 978035621631

Energy - People - Buildings: Making Sustainable Architecture Work

By Judit Kimpian, Hattie Hartman & Sofie Pelsmakers. RIBA Publishing, 2021, ISBN: 9781859465875

Urban Schools: Designing for High Density

By Helen Taylor and Sharon Wright, RIBA Publishing, 2020. ISBN: 9781859468814

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Professional judgement: an institutional logic approach to contractor tender pricing
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Emerging technologies’ impacts on ‘man caves’ and their energy demand
Y Strengers, K Dahlgren & L Nicholls

The gender of smart charging
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Fire performance and regulatory considerations with modern methods of construction
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Who cares? How care practices uphold the decentralised energy order
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Alternatives to air-conditioning: policies, design, technologies, behaviours [editorial]
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Benchmarking energy performance: indicators and models for Dutch housing associations
H S van der Bent, H J Visscher, A Meijer & N Mouter

Emissions from a net-zero building in India: life cycle assessment
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Lack of adaptability in Brazilian social housing: impacts on residents
S B Villa, P B Vasconcellos, K C R de Bortoli & L B de Araujo

Participation in domestic energy retrofit programmes: key spatio- temporal drivers
E Mohareb, A Gillich & D Bristow

Embodied carbon of concrete in buildings, Part 2: are the messages accurate?
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An alternative approach to delivering safe, sustainable surgical theatre environments
C A Short, A W Woods, L Drumright, R Zia & N Mingotti

Adapting owner-occupied dwellings in the UK: lessons for the future
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Integrating low energy cooling & ventilation strategies in Indian residences
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Balconies as adaptable spaces in apartment housing
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Inclusive Living: ageing, adaptations and future-proofing homes
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Residential geothermal air-conditioning: inhabitants’ comfort, behaviour and energy use
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Energy retrofit and passive cooling: overheating and air quality in primary schools
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Outdoor PM2.5 air filtration: optimising indoor air quality and energy
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Architects’ ‘enforced togetherness’: new design affordances of the home
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Overheating assessment in Passivhaus dwellings: the influence of prediction tools
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The use of apartment balconies: context, design & social norms
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Sharing a home under lockdown in London
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Projected climate data for building design: barriers to use
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Can Personal Carbon Allowances Help Cities Reach Their Climate Targets?

Many cities throughout the world have set carbon and / or energy targets including renewable energy production and emissions reduction goals. Despite the commitment to take action, cities do not directly control the majority of the uses of energy or consumption-related sources of carbon emissions within their boundaries. Could a focus on household energy use, personal travel and consumption of material goods help to achieve this transition at city level? Tina Fawcett (University of Oxford), Kerry Constabile (University of Oxford) and Yael Parag (Reichman University) consider whether and how cities could harness personal carbon allowances in a practical manner.

Lessons from the Swiss Impulse Programme

The former Swiss 'Impulse programme' was a successful response to the 1970s energy crisis. It provides important lessons for today’s climate emergency about what governments, industry and academia can do to create a successful transition within the construction industry. Niklaus Kohler and Kurt Meier (both former members of the Construction and Energy Impulse programmes) reflect on key lessons for today about its implementation and how to sustain change over the short and long term.