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Africa’s Unconventional Architect: Rajae Haissouss

Architects become famous for their inventive structures and controversial designs. But for Rajae Haissouss, satisfaction comes from adding value to the community. Aspiring to use her talents for good, this Young Leader is raising...

Malmö: City of Construction Circularity

Sweden’s premier southwestern city Malmö is not only a crowning glory in Scandinavian architecture, nature, and quality of life, but also in sustainability. The city is gaining notoriety as a bastion in new construction...

Reviving Thriving Communities Through Meanwhile Housing

We’re in the midst of a housing crisis: too few affordable homes for our growing population. Quick wins are usually synonymous with shoddy quality, but meanwhile housing bucks that trend. We spoke with Lorna...

Cork: Fact File

Although currently not one of the most widely used bio-based materials, cork is still a viable option in construction, with countless benefits making it well worth considering. As more and more bottle stoppers are...

Hemp: Fact File

Hemp has become something of a miracle ingredient over recent years with hemp-based products popping up across the market. And the construction industry has followed suit. With environmental, pollution-mitigating, and health benefits, what’s not...

The Challenges of Sustainable Construction

Encouraging people to change the way they’ve always done things is never going to be easy. While calls to construct buildings more sustainably may be met with scoffs and points to the price tag,...

Mud: Fact File

Half of the world’s population is living in mud constructions. And we can understand why. Take a look at the following facts, primary building methods, and the main uses of earth in construction to...

Sustainable Construction: Facts & Figures

It’s always important to know your stuff and be able to back it up with solid data. That’s why we’ve collated all the essential facts and figures on sustainable construction that you CityChangers might...

Straw: Fact File

Are you familiar with the fairy tale of the big bad wolf blowing the little piggies’ straw house down? Well, despite how this story ends, straw is actually surprisingly strong, and we’ve got a...

Financing Green Buildings: Is ‘Sustainable’ Affordable?

Sustainable buildings provide plenty of environmental, economic, and social benefits. So why are we hesitant to build more of them? A common explanation (and misconception!) is that they are simply too expensive. To bust...

Building Sustainably: How to Get Started with Natural Materials

A house made of straw, an office block made of timber, or a shopping centre made with hempcrete – you might be thinking that this all sounds very hippyish, but this could be the...

Wood: Fact File

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Well, hopefully just enough to help us construct some superbly sustainable and stunning structures made entirely from wood. It’s not exactly...

Guide to Natural Materials in Construction: More Than Hobbit Houses and Mud Huts

Deep in the depths of the construction world, among the steel, cement and concrete, there are materials hidden, just waiting to be utilised. We’ve put together this guide exhibiting some of the main natural...

How, When, and Where to Incorporate Participation into Urban Development

Constructing sustainable buildings in our cities is all well and good, but sometimes you’ve got to step back and look at the bigger picture: urban development. In order to create a city suitable for...

CityChanger Eugen Antalovsky: Participation, Inclusion, and Urban Development in Vienna

With an interest in architecture, cities, mobility, and society, it seemed like a natural step for Eugen Antalovsky to specialise in urban development, and for the last three and a half decades he’s been...

From Architecture to Urban Planning: Shweta Gandhi

From a naïve 19-year-old architecture student to working on government projects and helping achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Shweta Gandhi has already gathered a multitude of experiences. We spoke to this Young Leader...

The Case for Sustainable Construction: Why Bother?

We’re all besotted with buildings. So much so that the average person spends 90% of their lifetime indoors. Buildings make our lives more comfortable and convenient; imagining a world without them is near-on impossible....