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?