Book Reviews

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

Modern Architecture and Climate Design before Air Conditioning

By Daniel A. Barber. Princeton University Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-691170039.

High Office: Fire Safety in Tall, Supertall and Megatall Office Buildings

By Madelena Hanc and Alexi Marmot. British Council for Offices, 2020.

Dwelling on the Future: Architecture of the Seaside, Middle England and the Metropolis

By Pierre d'Avoine. UCL Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-1-78735-054-0

Urban Planning Against Poverty: How to Think and Do Better Cities in the Global South

By Jean-Claude Bolay. Springer, 2020, ISBN 9783030284190.

Societies Under Construction: Geographies, Sociologies and Histories of Building

Edited by Daniel Sage and Chloé Vitry. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, ISBN: 9783319739960.

Architecture and Resilience: Interdisciplinary Dialogues

Edited by Kim Trogal, Irena Bauman, Ranald Lawrence and Doina Petrescu. 2019, Routledge, ISBN: 9781138065819

Planning Cities with Nature

Planning Cities with Nature

Edited by Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira & Ian Mell. 2019, Springer, ISBN: 9783030018665

Building Performance Analysis

By Pieter de Wilde. Wiley Blackwell, 2018, ISBN: 9781119341925.

Corridors: Passages of Modernity

By Roger Luckhurst. Reaktion Books, 2019, ISBN: 9781789140538

Urban Lighting for People: Evidence-Based Lighting Design for the Built Environment

Edited by Navaz Davoudian. Routledge, 2019, ISBN: 9781859468210

The Architecture of Natural Cooling

By Brian Ford, Rosa Schiano-Phan and Juan Vallejo Routledge, 2020, ISBN: 9781138629073

Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity

Edited by Joseph Allen and John Macomber. Harvard University Press, 2020, ISBN: 9780674237971

The Environmental Imagination: Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment

By Dean Hawkes. Routledge, 2020, ISBN: 9781138628984

Urban Energy Landscapes

by Vanesa Castán Broto. Cambridge University Press, 2019, ISBN: 9781108297868

Design Guide to Low Energy Cooling and Ventilation for Indian Residences

By Malcolm Cook, Yash Shukla, Rajan Rawal, Dennis Loveday, Luciano Caruggi de Faria and Charalampos Angelopoulos. 2020, Published by Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy, CEPT University, ISBN: 9781838031008.

Latest Commentaries

Turkey and Syria Earthquake 2023. A devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. Photo: Twintyre (Shutterstock).

In light of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, David Oswald and Trivess Moore (RMIT University) reflect on the rights that inhabitants have for buildings to be safe, healthy, comfortable and robust. However, serial and various failings in the construction supply side and its oversight by governments mean greater accountability is needed.

Blind Spots in Energy Policy

As a policy practitioner who leads a national organisation representing households and small businesses in shaping the future of Australia’s energy system, Lynne Gallagher (Energy Consumers Australia) responds to the Buildings & Cities special issue, Energy, Emerging Technologies and Gender in Homes.  Insights from lived experience reveal blind spots in the design, provision and use of smart tech that adversely affect energy outcomes.

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