Articles in this category: "resources"

Current Environmental Strategies and Why They Don’t Work

Efficiency improvements are usually seen as the first step in ‘sustainable’ resource management. However, taking efficiency measures as a starting point is fundamentally wrong.

Belgian brownout refugees?

Belgium is gearing up for electricity shortages predicted for this winter. The reason for the possible shortage is the sudden reduction of national production capacity due to the unexpected shutdown of 3 damaged nuclear reactors this year, and the closure of several gas power stations over the last years (due to declining profitability).

Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) in Dessau

In 1992 the decision was made to move several federal offices to the new Bundesländer. In 2005, the UBA was moved from Berlin to Dessau in Saxony-Anhalt, a state that has experienced radical demographic changes (shrinking) since German reunification.

S-House: Factor 10 building using renewable resources

Parallel to the transition from fossil to renewable energy, a transition from conventional to renewable materials is necessary. Most ‘sustainable building’ projects however focus mostly on the energy part. This building showcases the functionality of its building materials made from renewable raw materials while reaching passive house standard.

Villa Vals, Hundertwasser, Matmata and Yaodong

An inspiring example of subterranean building, integrated in the landscape and taking full advantage of the earths thermal insulation. Looking at vernacular architecture can teach us a lot about “locality” and diversification.

Office Building RWS Terneuzen

Although it is a bit tricky to find, this building is definitely worth a visit if you are into sustainable building. Unlike many other “sustainable” buildings, this building incorporates many aspects including material (re)use, renewable energy (canal water, solar), natural ventilation and the water cycle (helofytenfilter, green roof).

BedZED sustainable community

Beddington Zero Energy Development is the UK’s largest mixed use sustainable community. It was designed to create a thriving community in which ordinary people could enjoy a high quality of life, while living within their fair share of the Earth’s resources.


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The driving thought behind this BLOG is that we are in the need of a major transition in thinking and we need to get inspired. We have to approach ‘living’, ‘moving’, ‘using’, ‘creating’ in a different way. Many designers, urban planners, architects and other creative people are frontrunners for change and frontrunners need to be appreciated and shared.

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Katleen De Flander
Katleen De Flander
Urban Environmental Research
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Juan Pablo Ayala-Cortés
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