The Built Environment Trust has launched the first issue of its new journal 'BE.' The journal offers original, radical takes on the ideas, people and projects that will shape the built environment of tomorrow.
With exclusive interviews and profiles of Circular Economy pioneers William McDonough ("Material Revolutionary") and Walter Stahel ("Innovation in the Weeds"), and a discussion between Arup's Stuart Smith ("How to Make a Circular Building") and the Built Environment Trust's Director of Strategy Lewis Blackwell on the construction of London's Circular Building for the London Design Festival, BE offers an essential introduction to the key issues of the Circular Economy and why it matters.
Featuring a guide to the extraordinary and ecologically vital new SuperMaterials being developed, an exclusive extract from Paul Hawken's Ecology of Commerce - a classic work challenging the conventions of sustainability, an exclusive feature from William McDonough on "Changing the Carbon Conversation," and Dr Rachel Armstrong's "10 Visions of Bioarchitecture," this issue of BE is vital for those interested in the very latest thinking on ecology, economy and architecture.
Georgia White ("Politics, Design and the New Plug-In City") takes us through her radical participatory architecture project which could transform Manila's slum settlements and empower the citizens living there. In "Re-inventing Ambridge", young architects Alex Dickie and Christopher Kelly develop a far-reaching manifesto to save the countryside from its cultural clichés, proposing a hybrid of digital craft to revitalise the rural economy and its skillsets.
Designed by Paul Pensom (Art Director of Creative Review), and Editor-in-Chief Lewis Blackwell (author of The End of Print among other things) BE is a cerebral, visual and emotional engagement with the built environment, celebrating the passion and curiosity of architects, designers and engineers to extend the boundaries of knowledge and make the world a better place.