News in numbers


The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index fell to an eight-month low of 52.6 in September from 55.2 in August.


The UK’s University of Nottingham is set to start comprehensive refurbishment work worth £15m on the residential estate to provide sustainable student accommodation on campus.


The level of construction output in July 2021 was 1.8% (£257 million) below the February 2020 pre-pandemic level, according to the latest ONS data.


According to data published by admissions services UCAS for this year, 2,900 female students accepted places at architecture schools compared to 2,730 men.


Development firm Ryan Companies has announced its plans to commence the construction of a 24-storey office tower in Texas, US, in early 2022.


A sustainable urban living model centred on the idea that city residents should be able to access all of their daily living needs within a 15-minute walk or cycle ride has won the €100,000 Obel Award.

In pictures

Dutch practice V8 Architects has created a pavilion with its own enclosed water, energy and food system and a leave-no-trace philosophy as the Netherlands' contribution to Expo 2020 Dubai.

In the Expo's sustainability district, the Dutch Biotope pavilion features an integrated water, energy and food system, with technology that extracts water from the desert air and uses it to irrigate an 18-metre-high "food cone" covered with edible plants.

Organic solar skylights located in the pavilion’s roof generate energy, which is used to create water from the surrounding air. As a result, the temperature on the inside of the cone lowers, making it an ideal climate for mushrooms to grow.

The harvested water is also used to irrigate the plants on the outside of the cone, and as mushrooms produce CO2, this supports the growth of the plants on the outside of the cone. Plant growth is also supported by the organic solar panels that let through the right light spectrum that the edible plants need to grow.  Moreover, through photosynthesis, the plants produce oxygen to enhance the air quality in the public space.

Credit (all images): V8 Architects