Sustainability is one of the most important elements in the production of architecture today, on both a micro and macro scale. The former is concerned with the application of sustainable practices in creating a comfortable environment for users through materials and environmental strategies. The practice has to also be investigated on a global scale, questioning the true sustainability of regular building materials that are widely used with no thought about ultimate consequences that could irreversibly change our planet. This publication explores how buildings around the UK and the rest of the world strive to be more sustainable and the associated hypotheses that surround the creation of sustainable architecture. A range of buildings have been analysed to critique their attempts at achieving sustainability. A standardised rating system has been used to compare each building and their sustainable status.
Curated by Laura Selwood