The future of buildings

With rare exceptions, buildings today are still being planned, constructed and managed in the same way as they have been for decades. To avoid becoming obsolete and inefficient, current practices need to change. Net zero buildings, automated control systems and multi-functional design are examples of critical enablers when developing buildings for the next 100 years.

Crime stoppers

Preventing crime is not solely the job of locks on doors or security cameras scanning entranceways. The makeup of a physical environment can influence where crimes are committed. That’s why Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an essential component to the crime prevention strategy of any building or area.

A safe investment

It’s hard to overlook the eye-catching Göteborg Opera House, a 160-meter wide building, which graces the Swedish city’s harbor. Designed by architect Jan Izikowitz and completed in 1994, it is still considered to be one of the most technically advanced and modern opera houses in the world, with state-of-the-art lighting, stage and sound technology.

Designed for safety

Everyone wants to feel safe and secure at home. However, building the appropriate security measures into residences can pose challenges. Budgets for locks, high quality doors, security systems and monitoring typically cannot compare with those available for commercial properties, and designers must also balance attractive features, such as large windows that embrace views, or plantings that create privacy against security. As noted by New York architect Barbara Nadel, author of Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design, “No one wants to live in an environment that resembles an armed camp.”