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Analysis: How smart do you go?

Analysis: How smart do you go?

Global innovators are creating ultra-sustainable and smart communities, while the UK's new housing estates show relatively few signs of technological revolution, writes Josephine Smit.

 

Case study: A disruptive approach to housebuilding

Case study: A disruptive approach to housebuilding

An initiative in Bristol is demonstrating a citizen-led approach to delivering homes, but funders have yet to catch up with this kind of disruptive innovation, finds Josephine Smit.

Need to know: Google sister company launches Toronto smart city deal

Need to know: Google sister company launches Toronto smart city deal

Sidewalk Labs and Toronto Waterfront have launched their Sidewalk Toronto collaboration, which plans to take on urban challenges with a new model community.

Need to know: George Clarke launches housing innovation drive

Need to know: George Clarke launches housing innovation drive

The television architect has teamed up with a university in the north east to develop advanced skills for future housebuilding.

Review: Energy efficient city centre homes

Review: Energy efficient city centre homes

Norwich City Council's Goldsmith Street scheme aspires to Passivhaus principles while providing family homes at quite high density, finds Aimee Fowler.

Advice: Designing energy efficient housing

Advice: Designing energy efficient housing

Good design of energy efficient housing on large schemes starts with site layout and extends to the individual home, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Air rights housing

Case study: Air rights housing

The UK's inability to build enough homes is cause for innovative thinking. Josephine Smit finds out about a concept that taps into the potential of the surface car park.

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Advice: Providing for buses in city centres

Advice: Providing for buses in city centres

Bus services can be successfully integrated into town and city centres. Ben Kochan finds out how.

Need to know: Government backs offsite and garden villages

Need to know: Government backs offsite and garden villages

The new year has started with government announcements for its accelerated construction, garden community and starter home initiatives.

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