Book Reviews

Redeploying Urban Infrastructure: The Politics of Urban Socio-Technical Futures

By Jonathan Rutherford. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, ISBN: 9783030178871

The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement

Edited by Farhan Karim. Routledge, 2018, ISBN: 9781138889699

Disaster by Choice: How our Actions turn Natural Hazards into Catastrophes

By Ilan Kelman. Oxford University Press, 2020, ISBN: 9780198841340

Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Measurement, Management and Mitigation

Edited by Francesco Pomponi, Catherine de Wolf & Alice Moncaster. Springer, 2018, ISBN: 9783319727967

Vertical Urbanism: Designing Compact Cities in China

Edited by Zhongjie Lin and José L.S. Gámez. Routledge, 2018, ISBN: 9781138208995

Energy Fables: Challenging Ideas in the Energy Sector

Edited by Jenny Rinkinen, Elizabeth Shove, and Jacopo Torriti. Routledge, 2019, ISBN: 9780367027797.

Remaking Housing Policy: An International Study

By David Clapham. Routledge, 2019, ISBN: 9781138193956

Effective Daylighting with High-Performance Facades: Emerging Design Practices

Kyle Konis and Stephen Selkowitz. Springer, 2017, ISBN 9783319394619

Sustainable Construction, Second Edition

By Sandy Halliday. Routledge, 2019, ISBN: 9781138200289

Housing Fit for Purpose: Performance Feedback and Learning

By Fionn Stevenson. RIBA Publishing, 2019, ISBN: 9781859468241

Future Office: Next-generation Workplace Design

By Nicola Gillen. RIBA Publishing, 2019, ISBN: 9781859468456  

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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