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Architects, about the unique challenges of building at the end of the earth.


Construction


19 Around the block For years, social housing has suffered connotations of poverty and deprivation, even as state-owned accommodation has enjoyed a distinguished political and architectural history spanning more than a century. Yet with the housing crisis showing no signs of abating, a new generation of architects is working to design beautiful, inventive houses that fit handsomely into existing neighbourhoods. Andrea Valentino chats to figures across the British social housing scene to learn why the country’s stock of social housing has collapsed over the last few decades, the challenges and opportunities of working in dense urban environments, and if how we build can change how we think about city life.


22 The day after tomorrow As temperatures get warmer and natural disasters more prevalent, sustainable building practices are no longer enough – the architectural profession needs to build for a new reality of fires, floods and heat waves. Abi Millar speaks to Thai landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom, and Australian bushfire architect Ian Weir about the challenges of building in the midst of impending climate disaster.


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25 Build with sophisticated window technology Hahn-lamellenfenster


26 Into the woods The growth in wooden urbanism is being driven by timber’s technical and environmental benefits as well as growing investor and consumer demand. Elly Earls speaks to Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects, Robert Winkel of Mei Architects and the Forest Stewardship Council’s Anand Punja to find out why more architects are building ambitious, eye- catching structures made of wood.


29 A storey of


timber construction ZÜBLIN Timber


Regional focus


28 Mexican moment Often associated with the mid- century work of Luis Barragán, Mexican architecture has long


been characterised by an intricate – and sometimes not so intricate – blend of linear modernism and parochial, organic buildings. Now a generation of Mexican architects are building to solve social and environmental problems, and they are attracting interest from an international audience. Will Moffitt speaks to the Marcus Prize winning architect Tatiana Bilbao, and LANZA Atelier founder Isabel Abascal about what unites and divides architects in the country.


Materials


33 A concrete opportunity With self-healing concrete expected to become a more integral part of urban


construction schemes, this much maligned material could have a positive future. However, it remains to be seen whether this eco-friendlier approach can gain mainstream approval when it comes at a higher initial cost. Brooke Theis speaks to renowned


architects, including Maria Smith, the founder of Interrobang, Tim Bowder Ridger, principal of Conran and Partners, and self- healing concrete pioneer Hendrik Jonkers, about the potential for concrete innovation.


36 The beauty of lifelong learning After co-founding the architectural firm Mecanoo in Delft in 1984, Francine Houben has enjoyed a wide-ranging career, receiving international acclaim for a portfolio that encompasses universities, libraries, theatres, residential areas, museums and hotels. Will Moffitt speaks to the ABB LEAF Awards 2020/21 Lifetime Achievement winner, and creative director of Mecanoo, about the influences that have shaped her career, Mecanoo’s latest projects, including the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, gender disparities in architecture, and the slippery notion of legacy.


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