Sustainable Retrofits: Post War Residential Towers in Britain, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Sustainable Retrofits

Post War Residential Towers in Britain, 1st Edition

By Asterios Agkathidis, Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez


290 pages | 126 Color Illus. | 160 B/W Illus.

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Presenting the state-of-the-art in sustainable retrofits in post war residential towers, this book captures and re-informs the current intense refurbishing process that is taking place in Britain, which is part of a global phenomenon happening all over the world, as cities upgrade their building stock in an attempt to comply with governmental emission reduction targets. The authors present inspections of 20 sustainably retrofitted social housing towers, analysing their aesthetic and technical modifications, as well as the shifts occurring in their social structure. The authors use over 200 full colour plans, elevations, photographs, maps and illustrations to beautifully support the statistical and analytical information collected. Finally they include interviews with some of the architects who designed the retrofits, residents and key stakeholders to inform the conclusions.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Public High-Rise Blocks in Britain: A Brief Review of their Historic Context. 2. Carbon Emissions Reduction. The Need for Sustainable Retrofits. 3. Types and Techniques: A Retrofit Manual. 4. Tower Block Retrofits. 5. Conversations with the Architects. 6. Final Discussion.

About the Authors

Asterios Agkathidis is an architect (ARB) and lecturer in digital architecture at the University of Liverpool, UK, where he is currently leading the MA in Architecture. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki and the RWTH Aachen, and completed his postgraduate studies in Advanced Architectural Design at the Städelschule Architecture Class in Frankfurt. His built work has been published, awarded and exhibited internationally. His seventh book, Biomorphic Structures,was published in 2017.

Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez is a Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool School of Architecture, UK, and founding director of the Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory (ECAlab). She is a registered architect, who studied and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the School of Architecture of Madrid. Her research revolves around documenting, analysing and pursuing the invention and implementation of pioneering sustainable materials and technologies for architecture.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Residential
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
ARCHITECTURE / Historic Preservation / General
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design