Why our buildings suck, and how to change them

Why our buildings suck, and how to change them

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Constructing buildings is awful for the environment. With 60% of the world population set to live in cities by 2030, how can we make buildings…not suck?

Reporter: Beina Xu
Video Editor: Beina Xu
Supervising Editor: Kiyo Dörrer

We're destroying our environment at an alarming rate. But it doesn't need to be this way. Our channel explores the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenges our ideas about what dealing with climate change means. We look at the big and the small: What we can do and how the system needs to change. Every Friday we'll take a truly global look at how to get us out of this mess.

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Read More:

Urban Sustainability Transitions in the Global South: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-021-09438-4

Global South Urbanisms and Urban Sustainability: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frsc.2021.692799/full

Understanding Sustainable Architecture: https://ia801907.us.archive.org/22/items/Understanding_Sustainable_Architecture/Understanding_Sustainable_Architecture.pdf

Global greenhouse gas emissions from residential and commercial building materials: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-26212-z

Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction 2019: https://www.iea.org/reports/global-status-report-for-buildings-and-construction-2019

Tracking Buildings 2021: https://www.iea.org/reports/tracking-buildings-2021

Sustainable housing and the urban poor: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19463138.2016.1168825

Revisiting the built environment: 10 potential development changes and paradigm shifts due to COVID-19: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2226585621000054

2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction: https://globalabc.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/2020%20Buildings%20GSR_FULL%20REPORT.pdf

Chapters:

00:00 Intro
01:10 The building industry
02:12 The most energy-efficient house in Germany
05:55 Berlin’s circular house
09:36 What the future bodes