Beyond Urban Agriculture

Cities Alive: Green Building Envelopes
Over time, the human population has become increasingly urban, with city centres becoming more and more densely populated. In these dense city spaces, there is little room for ‘green infrastructure’ – parks, trees and other green spaces. The impact of this depletion is underestimated, as urbanisation and climate change continue to jeopardise our way of life. Rudi Scheuermann explains how green building envelopes can help to reduce the urban up-heating (heat island effects), filter fine dust on the streets and reduce noise levels. He shows how cities can improve green infrastructure and, at the same time, help to reduce energy consumption, improve air quality and people’s wellbeing.
Rudi Scheuermann
Director and Global Leader Building Envelope Design
ARUP
As an architect and engineer Rudi has built up the building envelope design and numerous specialist disciplines, including building physics, fire protection, materials, lighting design and acoustics in our German office. His focus is on a multidisciplinary design of sustainable and energy-efficient building envelopes. In recognition of his achievements, he was appointed Arup Fellow in 2014. Rudi Scheuermann studied architecture at the University of Karlsruhe and later completed a research study in Bath, England, with a master's degree in architecture in membrane constructions. He has worked for architectural and engineering practices in Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the USA.
References
Cities Alive: Green Building Envelope
Cities Alive: Re-thinking Green Infrastructure