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In the architecture world, sustainability has evolved from an optional feature into an urgent necessity. Now in paperback, this publication presents 25 building projects from around the world that range from a nursery to an office skyscraper, from a medical centre to an artist's residence, and even private homes. Sustainability no longer refers just to the economy, resources, recyclable materials, renewable energy and eco-friendliness; its definition now extends to informed design at every turn, leveraging the characteristics of the location, local history and local traditions, fostering short supply chains and assessing the long-term impact that new constructions will have.
Featuring large-scale high-quality photographs and images of construction details plus drawings, sections, sketches and exploded isometrics, this volume is a meticulous selection of contemporary buildings by innovative international architecture firms. In addition, it reveals the different connection points between the planning and construction phases of a project, which reflect the joint efforts of architects, designers and builders to transform an industry that plays a key role in the environmental conservation processes. In doing so, this book illustrates environmentally-friendly construction projects and the current social and economic impact of this industry, considering not only the health of our planet but also the impact of architecture on people and the way we live.