Describing Trends in Urban Design research carried out by Claire Jamieson and Professor Robert Adam for ADAM Urbanism.
This research project, originally intended to discover recent and emerging trends, begins with an attemps to develop a vocabulary and descriptive methodology. It has the capacity to be a stand-alone study that could have wider applications across the master planning and urban design disciplines.
Published in URBAN DESIGN International, Identifying trends in masterplanning: A typological classification system.
URBAN DESIGN International
9 October 2013
Summary of research
- Published in 2013
New Social Trends & The Built Environment research will be published in August 2014
YouGov survey determines the public prefers traditional rather than contemporary buildings
- Published in 2009
In a YouGov survey to determine whether the public prefers traditional or contemporary buildings, 77% of respondents who selected a design, from a choice of 4, chose traditional architecture over contemporary styles. Only23% chose contemporary buildings. This is thought to be the first time that a survey has been conducted to find out the people's preference in relation to non-residential buildings. Architects lashed out at the survey results and traditional architecture. Leading the professional attack is the new president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Ruth Reed.
To download a PDF of the Results and Follow up of the survey, click here… (180kb)
A study of the energy performance of two buildings with lightweight and heavyweight facades - Energy & Environmental Assessment
- First published in April 2008
Adam Architecture have recently formed a consortium of house-builders, a planning consultant and Atelier 10, the leading environmental engineers, to provide a properly tested comparison between a largely glass-walled lightweight building and a traditional dense-walled building with punched window openings and traditional materials. The research demonstrates the clear relative benefits of the traditional building type as against the glass-wall type, and confirms what all environmental engineers know but most architects would rather ignore: that traditional buildings are the most sustainable type.
To download an Executive Summary of the research report, click here… (0.7mb)
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