When Goldman Sachs called upon Gross Max and the City of London to provide plans to landscape the area surrounding their newly built headquarters, nobody could envision the unique designs they would dream up.

What will our cities look like in a post-COVID-19 era? 3deluxe was commissioned by New York-based organisation #WeThePlanet (WTP) to create an inspirational structure that nurtures and investigates new opportunities for people-friendly architecture in harmony with nature. Here, FC&A explores the German firm’s forward-thinking campus that projects a future where people and nature can live harmoniously alongside one another.

Buildings are static. They serve the purpose they have been designed for. But when cities grow and the needs of the community change, this becomes a problem. Modular construction with engineered wood products like Kerto LVL are the solution, because they enable adaptable, sustainable and cost competitive designs. It is time to provide solutions to the changing needs of our cities. Time to create an urban adaptation.

As we move into the Autumn and Winter months, when the nights draw in and the mornings shrink, it becomes more pressing to discuss the benefits of high-quality urban lighting. The primary purpose of exterior lighting is to make us feel safe once it gets dark outside – but modern lighting solutions have been designed to do so much more.

Professionals involved in the planning, design and ongoing management of public spaces and streetscapes must consider and address a number of factors when looking at site security and safety. Here, Mark Lester of Hörmann UK, explores the key issues and the solutions available to help mitigate against potential terrorist threats, without altering the overall landscape.

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