With the tensile strength of steel but six times lighter, bamboo can be used for ambitious buildings once it has been treated to ensure its durability.
Courtesy of Green School Bali
Bamboo has been used since ancient times for building, but only in recent decades has pioneering work in Bali inspired its wider use for substantial and enduring structures.
Construction workers in Cape Town. It’s a dangerous job.
There's no uniformity around health and safety management programmes and practices within the construction industry.
Air conditioning requires energy, and contributes to global warming – here are five ways of cooling which won't cost the planet.
Illustration of ‘Axminster’ linoleum, in ‘Catesby’s one-piece linola squares’, Catesbys Colourful Cork Lino (1938).
BADDA 181, courtesy of the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, Middlesex University, www.moda.mdx.ac.uk
Some houses are like a time capsule of social history that can tell us how living standards, and fashions, have changed over the years.
Building collapses in Lagos have become common in recent years.
Lagos has all the appropriate laws but it needs to adopt the right procedures and see them through.
Doing it locally: workers in the Gumatj timber workshop, Gunyangara.
Centralised policies are not meeting the needs of remote Indigenous settlements. Increasing their decision-making input and the role of local industry can overcome the challenges of building remotely.
In recent years, Detroit has demolished thousands of abandoned homes annually.
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
By the time a building is abandoned and falls into disrepair, its community is already suffering. Michigan scholars suggest it's time to plan for structures' end of life before they even go up.
Never to be repeated.
A year on what do we know about how the Grenfell fire spread? And what changes need to happen to make sure there is never a repeat?
Apartments are cheaper to heat, have better views and use land more efficiently.
Is this a face or a building?
Building features can be analyzed in the same way that facial recognition software works, revealing previously hidden elements of history.
Pavel L Photo and Video/Shutterstock
There is a way to get homes where we need them, and it's about making the most of what we've already got.
What does the Turnbull government’s establishment of a construction industry watchdog mean for workers, wages and the industry?
A group of experts dissect what the re-introduction of the ABCC means for the construction industry and its workers.
Illustration of pressure sensing bacteria in soils from the ‘Computational Colloids Project’.
Carolina Ramirez-Figuroa, Luis Hernan and Martyn Dade-Robertson
Bacteria can produce their own 'buildings' so scientists are genetically engineering them to build ours.
Brexit, borrowing and birth rates may prove a lethal cocktail.
There’s a lot to consider before you can be sure a shipping container home is your best affordable housing option.
Have you thought about usable space, re-engineering, structural integrity, contamination, insulation and comfort? If not, you need to before jumping into building a home from shipping containers.
A former colleague of the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid pays tribute to her 'great presence'.
A slowdown in mining has hit the industrial construction sector hard.
The industrial construction sector will have to cut costs and focus on smaller projects due to a slowdown in mining construction.
The housing crisis has scuppered home ownership dreams for many across the UK, but there is another way to do things.
Here's how scientists are seeking to turn the building blocks of life into the building blocks of ... well, buildings.
A green, pre-fab house.
The building sector globally currently consumes more energy than the transport sector or the industry sector. It is also the biggest polluter, with the biggest potential for significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions compared to other sectors, at no cost.