The design for Alibaba’s Shanghai headquarters by the U.S. firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) reveals a distinctive, modular layout reliant on expansive column-free, long-span spaces and a variety of enclosed areas to accommodate a diversity of workstation layouts to suit expanding, contracting and overlapping teams.
Construction operations are highly fragmented and complex in nature. This often leads to high levels of waste, making it difficult to build sustainable projects. This article explores an integrative approach to building green, lean, and safe projects—it proposes incorporation of lean construction strategies into sustainable design and construction to achieve desirable outcomes benefiting society, economy, and environment.
The American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA’s) Committee on the Environment (COTE) undertook in-depth research on nearly 200 Top Ten Award winners from the past 20 years to examine how the architecture community has evolved in regards to sustainable design practices.
The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, a design competition spanning the last three years, has announced its global winners. The competition, an initiative of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, is open to all countries and focuses on pioneering novel and future-oriented, building projects.
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