Urban regeneration: more energy, less carbon

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Architecture has for some time attempted to guarantee that its actions improve both quality of life and urban environment in which it operates while ensuring that future needs are met in a sustainable framework. Today the question of the sustainability of architecture is at the forefront of the profession, how do architects think and act and how do their projects work in the longer time scales. The aim of this paper is to discuss countless development strategies for sustainable rehabilitation of different architectural elements and spaces reality. It discusses several projects, developed by current practitioners and examines the need for improved efficiency at the element level. It analyses the methodology used by Lacaton & Vassal on a residential block, Tour Bois le Prêtre in Paris that left the basic structure intact whilst rebuilding the exterior skin. It also examines the urban plan for the Barrio de La Mina in Barcelona which uses innovative urban design strategies to integrate the neighbourhood in to the city’s fabric. Considering these two intervention scales the purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the different relationships between sustainability (social, economic and environmental) and the processes of current architecture in order to improve the efficiency of space and it’s the relationship with its users
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Title of host publicationProceedings of 40th IAHS World Congress in Housing – Sustainable Housing Construction
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event40th IAHS World Congress in Housing – Sustainable Housing Construction (Conference) -
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


Conference40th IAHS World Congress in Housing – Sustainable Housing Construction (Conference)
Period1/01/14 → …

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