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Gridshells - the roofs of the future?
Five years on from the groundbreaking gridshell workshops at the Weald and Downland open air museum in Sussex, fans of gridshell buildings will be thrilled to see the new Saville Gardens gridshell in Windsor Great Park (Gold Award winner of The Wood Awards 2006). Oliver Lowenstein introduces the history of the concept and discusses this latest achievement ..

A six page article. First published in December 2006

Plugging the Drain
With water shortages and hosepipe bans still in force across the south east in the middle of the winter, we are all becoming more aware of just how precious water is. Whilst metering and pricing will have an effect, it is up to us to look for novel and sustainable ways to conserve water. Kevin Telfer examines some approaches ...

A four page article. First published in December 2006

Should we ban building on flood plains?
In most cultures people have a natural affinity with water, and consequently often seek to place their dwellings in close proximity to it. This can be seen in the high land values that coastal or riverside property attracts. Unfortunately doing this has some inherent drawbacks, as these areas may not make the most secure places to build our homes. Paul Parker reports ...

A five page article. First published in June 2006

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