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Detail 6/2021 Sustainability

Detail 6/2021 Sustainability


 Cradle to Cradle – CO2 Neutral – Plus Energy – Low Tech – Recycling

In 1961, the Berlin Wall was built and John F. Kennedy took office as President of the United States of America. Yuri Gagarin was the first man to fly into space. And in Munich, in the south of the Federal Republic of Germany, Detail was founded. For this very special issue celebrating the magazine’s 60th birthday, instead of a nostalgic retrospective we opted to take stock of the present and look to the future of architecture.

Our roadmap was provided by the pressing issue of climate protection and the earth’s dwindling resources. What strategies and concepts do ­architecture and the building industry possess to confront the ­climate emergency? We take a look at the circular economy in the construction industry, show specific solutions for lowering emissions, and discuss the CO2 footprint of buildings and their life cycles. These issues may not have been on the agenda of the Jet Age 60 years ago, but today there is no doubt that architecture and the building industry bear great responsibility for climate protection. With smart applications and concepts, they can make a vital contribution to this task for society as a whole. The future will be ­measured by the decisions made about each ­building today.

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