environment and carbon reduction

Hannover Kronsberg: model of a sustainable new urban community

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By Anke Benstem, Angelika Wenau Institution: Kronsberg Environmental Agency (KUKA) GmbH

A description of a long-term construction project to build homes for 15,000 people in 6,000 units on the Kronsberg hill, south-east of Hannover, adjacent to the site of EXPO 2000, with the aim that it should be an exemplary project in its approaches to urban and social planning and environmental measures, and thus itself a world exposition exhibit. Salient features are urban and landscape planning, ecology and technology, infrastructures and the social habitat under an umbrella of co-operative project development.

Dubai's growing thirst for resources

Dubai's growing thirst for resources

Daily water demand in the Dubai is expected to reach 341 million gallons per day by 2011, while daily electricity needs will reach 8,513 megawatts. This is an increase of more than 100 per cent from 2005 numbers – but where will it end?

Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change: A 21st Century Survival Guide

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By Sue Roaf, David Crichton, Fergus Nicol

Published by Architectural Press, 2004

Review by Judith Ryser

Sue Roaf, David Crichton and Fergus Nicol, Architectural Press, 2005

For those who take the threat of climate change seriously, Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change is a must. The book compounds the expertise of a designer, an insurance practitioner and a researcher into building technologies, a background of climate change and how it has already affected ecological building practices.