Research Kick-off: How Living Walls Can Tackle Urban Heat Islands
Green facades, also known as vertical gardens or living walls, are one of the promising solutions to the increasing problem of urban heat islands and air pollution in cities. Tests in the VIVA park are starting to measure the effect.
Blackout: Façade insulation makes a crucial difference
More leeway in the event of a heating failure, significantly more bearable temperatures in the event of a heat wave: solid houses insulated with an external thermal insulation composite system make it possible to bridge a 48-hour heating outage in winter.
How to make living in historical buildings comfortable
High ceilings, charming neighborhoods and stunning facades make living in historical buildings so appealing for many urban residents. Subsequent adjustments of the building material can help balance the indoor living quality.
The best building types to maintain Covid19 ventilation measures
Ventilation is key to reducing the risk of transmitting the Corona virus if sharing an office with others. This can result in "temperature fights" among colleagues. Which building type does best in keeping peace and well-being?
Color Series G: Colorful Appeal
From baroque through to the day after tomorrow, considerable and sensual Goethe thought that yellow was close to light. That was not natural science, it was a humanistic statement. The warming appeal of the sunny tones drew entire populations from the dark north to the cheerful south.
Color Series E: Seductive Warmth
Showing colour is one of the essential duties of architecture. Preventing it is questionable. The building landscapes constructed by humans should be designed with just as much of a zest for life as the mountains, valleys and even nature itself – as if created of its own volition.