Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador
In a circular economy, design has a major role to play. The use of biomaterials requires design that enhances the functionalities of the material. For example, theAdnams distribution centre at Southwold has been designed to maintain a constant temperature without having to utilise energy for air conditioning.
Biomaterials continue to be used in various buildings all over the world. Arup has been selected to build the tallest wooden building in the Netherlands – in Amsterdam. It will be 21 floors and 73 metres high and will contain 55 apartments. You can find out more here.
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design is an exhibition at the V&A, London, running from 18th June to 6th November. Accompanying the V&A exhibition is the book on the Total Design philosophy. It describes the development of the total design approach within the Arup Group, showcases all different disciplines we are currently working in and how engineering knowledge is being used in a broader context than just construction (for example, looking at the impact on communities, whole cities, regenerating waterfronts, etc.). You do not need to buy the book, because you can read a copy online through the Arup website.