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AJ 20.10.22: Climate crisis

AJ 20.10.22: Climate crisis


Our first building study is of Foster + Partners’ Madrid warehouse retrofit, which is carbon-neutral in operation. Then we take a look at Caruso St John’s retrofit of a factory in Eindhoven which has been transformed into a mixed-use development. Closer to home, Architype and Feilden + Mawson have changed a Cambridge telephone exchange into offices.

Continuing our focus on building design in the time of climate emergency, you can read an embodied energy comparison between Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and Waugh Thistleton’s 6 Orsman Road, authored by Barnabas Calder and Florian Urban.

Our first news feature explores M&S’s plans to demolish its Oxford St HQ - prompting a huge backlash - and looks forward to the forthcoming public inquiry; while the second asks whether whole-life carbon assessments have become a greenwashing tool for developers.

In culture, we publish a review of Ruth Lang’s new book on exemplary retrofit projects plus the latest column by David Grandorge.

You can also read tributes to fire safety campaigner Sam Webb; reaction to Niall McLaughlin’s Stirling Prize win; the latest architectural competitions; and opinion pieces by The AJ Coach and Alex Raher.