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GALLERY | 17 ‘inspiring’ projects at COP26 VR showcase

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Karl Tomusk

Exemplary sustainable projects will form the centrepiece of a built environment virtual reality exhibition at the United Nations climate conference next month.

Build Better Now is an upcoming VR exhibition at COP26’s Built Environment Virtual Pavilion, showcasing projects that make an immediate positive impact on the planet and people’s lives.

Having released images for some of these developments, UKGBC has called for real estate to “take inspiration” from them as the industry transitions to net zero carbon.

Make Architect’s ‘The Fountain of Recovery’, a sustainably focused 360º installation, will act as the centrepiece within the exhibition.

Other projects include a cultural central in Sweden that will be one of the world’s tallest timber buildings; the largest certified Passivhaus building in the Southern hemisphere in Australia and the first 3D printed sustainable homes made entirely from raw clay.

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As well as government-funded research into retrofitting Scotland’s iconic but hard-to-heat tenement homes, the exhibition features a favela in Brazil and affordable sustainable housing solutions in the UK, New Zealand and Pakistan.

Also included are an adaptable cross laminated timber bridge concept designed for a circular economy, as well as an initiative to develop a sustainable mass timber building market building in East Africa.

The projects were selected after an open call in June 2021 for sustainable developments that are also scalable and replicable.

UKGBC said that Build Better Now will act as a global call for climate action, supported by a coalition of more than 100 partner organisations from within the built environment industry.

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of UKGBC, said: “With COP26 in November, the world is ready to tackle climate change and the built environment has a crucial part to play.

“We know why we must accelerate climate action and Build Better Now shows how we can get there. Everyone on the planet has a stake in our buildings and cities. I invite everyone to take inspiration from Build Better Now as a global showcase of pioneering solutions to climate change and hope that it supports the industry to create more sustainable buildings, places and cities of the future.”

More than an exhibit

Alongside the exhibition, Build Better Now will host an events series comprising a programme of tours and talks, keynotes, panel discussions and other downloadable content, to “educate and inspire” both real estate and the wider public.

These events will be part of the Built Environment Virtual Pavilion, which seeks to enable widespread access and engagement with built environment issues at the upcoming climate conference in Glasgow.

Build Better Now will run from 1-12 November at COP26, but UKGBC said the content will be accessible throughout 2022 as well. Although there will be no physical pavilion for the exhibition at the conference, a number of venues hosting the Virtual Pavilion will have access to Build Better Now VR headsets.

The projects selected for Build Better Now:

  • The Fountain of Circular Recovery (central installation) by Make Architects
  • Bridges of Laminated Timber (BoLT), Amsterdam, Netherlands by Arup, Schaffitzel, Heijmans
  • The 5 Systems Programme: Nga Kāinga Anamata, Auckland, New Zealand by Kainga Ora, Context Architects, Resilio Studio, Robert Bird Group, Holmes Fires, Aurecon, Ortus International, BRANZ
  • Heart of School, Green School Bali, Bali, Indonesia by John Hardy, PT Bambu, Heru Wijayanto, Joerg Stamm, Gadjah Mada University
  • Hope Rise, Bristol, England by ZED PODS Ltd, Bristol City Council, Avie Consulting Ltd, Vale Consulting Ltd, Below Ground Ltd
  • Favela da Paz, São Paulo, Brazil by Favela da Paz Institute
  • Pioneering a Mass Timber Market in East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya by BuildX Studio, Gatsby Africa, AKT II, Arup, Timberliving SA, X-LAM, Autodesk Foundation, DOEN Foundation
  • Milan Innovation District, Milan, Italy by Lendlease, Arexpo, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, E.ON, Carlo Ratti, Mario Cucinella Architects, Piuarch, Beema, LAND, MAD Architects, Obr, Arup, Deerns, Milan Ingegneria, J+S, Italian Department of Justice, PlusValue
  • Modulus Homes, Karachi, Pakistan by ModulusTech, Reall Limited, Open Door Design Studio, Trellis Housing Finance Limited, ConnectHear, Spaces PK
  • Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design, Melbourne, Australia by Grimshaw, Aurecon, ASPECT Studios, BSGM, Minesco, Root Projects, Six Ideas, Bollinger Grohman
  • The Natural Capital Laboratory, Scotland by AECOM, University of Cumbria, Lifescape Project, NatureMetrics
  • NCH2050 Homes, Nottingham, England by Melius Homes, Nottingham City Council, Focus Consultants, Studio Partington, Energiesprong UK, Nottingham Trent University, Lincoln University
  • 107 Niddrie Road, Glasgow, Scotland by John Gilbert Architects, NBM Construction Cost Consultants, Design Engineering Workshop, Graham Drummond, WARM, CCG Construction, Glasgow University, University of Strathclyde
  • Powerhouse Brattørkaia, Trondheim, Norway by ENTRA ASA, Snøhetta, AsplanViak, ZERO, Skanska Norway
  • Sara Cultural Centre, Skellefteå, Sweden by Skellefteå Municipality, HENT AS, White Arkitekter, Florian Kosche, TK Botnia, WSP, Incoord, Martinssons AB, Derome
  • Singita Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Rwanda by Rwandan Development Board, Singita, Milton Group LLC, GAPP Architects SA, FBW Architects and Engineers Rwanda, TRPalmer, ASA Rwanda, Seyani Brothers, Grumeti construction TZ, Milton Group LLC, Bioregional UK, Earth Systems Africa, GAPP Architects SA, Ecolution Consulting SA
  • TECLA, Massa Lombarda, Italy by Mario Cucinella Architects, School of Sustainability Bologna
  • University of East Anglia Enterprise Centre, Norwich, England by Architype, BDP, Morgan Sindall, Churchman Thornhill Finch

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