Sustainable development

People are visionary when it comes to buildings – reclaiming land from sea, putting up palaces in the desert, and reaching for the sky. 128 skyscrapers were built around the world in 2016, more than any year before. If you put them one on top of the other they would stretch almost 19 miles – about the same as going from Heathrow Airport to Somerset House. Buildings are becoming greener, yet concrete is the most widely used synthetic material in the world – and one of the most environmentally unfriendly.

So how do we keep pace with the need for more and more buildings, yet make them friendly to people and the planet too?

The world’s cities occupy just 3% of the Earth’s land, but account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions
The Garden of Earthly Delights
Eric Tomberlin
Somerford grove adventure playground
Mark Neville
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Akos Hegedus

Our Future

Water Green Boulevard
Ryan Koopmans
Interchange
Ryan Koopmans
Zebra
Richard Allenby Pratt
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MD Farhad Rahman
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Johann Rousselot
Small workshop under the bridge
Alnis Stakle
City Glow
Simon Wan
Hic Sunt Leones
Tor Seidel

Liveable cities

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Akos Hegedus
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Ian McNaught Davis
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Ian McNaught Davis
Living together
Rahendra Mohan Pandey
Life and lines
Probal Rashid
Stone diggers
David Verbreckt

Health & Wellbeing

Cost of climate change
KM Asad
Cost of climate change
KM Asad
Untitled from Stateless series
Gohar Dashti
Untitled from Stateless series
Gohar Dashti
Home
Yiorgios Doukanaris
Refugee camp in Bekaa valley
Jocelyne Saab
Refugee camp in Bekaa valley
Jocelyne Saab

Conflict & climate change

Pivotal
Kendall McMinimy
Peru
David Huamani
Peru
David Huamani
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MD Farhad Rahman
Brinjal
Guilhem Alandry
Mangoes in the Philippines
Guilhem Alandry
Untitled
Tommy Fung

Food Security

Serge
Elena Anosova
Playground on the bank of Baikal on the edge of the island of Olkhon
Elena Anosova
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Trent Davis Bailey
Karen
Trent Davis Bailey
Amish farmer
Peter Essick
Julie bakes bread for the Ardheia community in the clay oven
Ashley Fischer
Transhumance
Susana Giron

Culture & Community

Artic Climate Research
Anna Filipova
Cape Mongo - VHS
François Knoetze
Owens Lake #3
Jame Porschen
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Jamey Stillings
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Jamey Stillings
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Issac Temitope
Empty Aeration Tank
Brad Temkin

Rethinking resources