The Evolution of the Energy Trees: Informing our Industrial Design Workflows


Grimshaw’s Dubai Energy Trees were launched to an enthusiastic response during Expo2020 and have since become a permanent installation at the heart of a new district on the outskirts of Dubai. Despite the excitement, little has been presented on their design evolution that resulted from a consolidation of data-driven factors, especially in achieving the solar energy demands to meet the growing aspirations for the Sustainability Pavilion precinct.

by Casimir Zdanius

The Film Production Studio of the Future


Film production studios serve as the foundation upon which the physical production of cinematic narrative is built. It is a where the real meets the imagined, and where the nuances of urban landscapes and technological innovations create a vivid boundary between the gritty reality of city streets and the iconically forbidden world that lies “behind the curtain.”

by Deborah Richmond

Sustainable Skies

by Paul Toyne

Designing for Community: Socializing the Academic Research Environment


A problem as complex as climate change requires multifaceted solutions, and the transdisciplinary mission of the Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health at Arizona State University brings together several departments to create a holistic approach to climate research.

by William Horgan, Eric Johnson

London needs to keep the focus as it makes progress towards becoming a sustainable, resilient, future-proof city


With over 13 years' experience as a commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC), Dr. Paul Toyne identifies key approaches that will keep London on track to be a fairer, greener resilient city.

by Paul Toyne

Museums as Infrastructure


Museums are often seen as the pinnacle expression of the urban experience, making them a fundamental element of our cities. Given this role as community anchor, it is vital that our museums serve as an armature that supports the activities and aspirations of urban life.

by Lukas Thorn

Good COP or bad COP?


The 27th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP27) for climate change concluded last month. And while the outcomes may have been disproportionately disappointing, what is evident, writes Dr Paul Toyne, Sustainability Practice Leader, is the role architects and the wider built environment has in making meaningful change. Our megaphone may not be the same as others at COP27 but great strides have and can be made.

by Paul Toyne

Beyond COP26: making the most of the legacy


Keeping alive the hope of restricting global emissions to 1.5°C was a key target of COP26. However, ambitions and commitments that came out of the conference mean there are now more opportunities for action to deliver net zero and more ― which, writes Grimshaw’s Sustainability Practice Leader Dr Paul Toyne, is ours to take.

by Paul Toyne

Olympic Cities: Changing the perception of Olympic architecture


Grimshaw’s Managing Partner Kirsten Lees explores the role of architects in the Paris 2024 Olympics in her feature for New London Architecture, expanding on discussion with a brilliant panel at the recent Olympic Cities event.

by Kirsten Lees

The Grimshaw Podcast Series 1: The City Series


The Grimshaw Podcast is a platform for the exchange of ideas and thought leadership. Grimshaw’s Sydney Managing Partner, Andrew Cortese, tells how the inaugural podcast, The City Series will showcase the work being undertaken by the Grimshaw Cities Initiative. As new podcasts appear, they will be updated here in the links contained in the article.

by Andrew Cortese

Our cities at a crossroads: how do we restore ecological balance?


This is the second of two articles reflecting on 2020, a time not only of a global pandemic but of wildfires, flooding and an unprecedented hurricane season. This article explores solutions and the role of architects and designers in being part of a recovery that drives prosperity for all and restores ecological services, including biodiversity.

by Paul Toyne

Energetic Architecture


At the 1979 RIBA Energy Conference, Nicholas Grimshaw talked about the benefits of mixed industrial and residential developments. Here, he takes his argument further and offers some worked examples.

by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

Our cities at a crossroads: how do we create prosperous, fair and climate resilient cities?


This is the first of two articles reflecting on 2020, a time not only of global pandemic but of wildfires, flooding and an unprecedented hurricane season.

by Paul Toyne

Expo 2020 Dubai’s Sustainability Pavilion


One of the centerpiece buildings of Expo 2020 Dubai, the Sustainability Pavilion brings a unique design with demonstrable strategies for harvesting sunlight and water in pursuit of net zero goals.

by Andrew Whalley

Via Verde and New Housing Solutions in New York City


A competition providing “New Housing For New York” prompted Grimshaw to develop this community-centered multi-family residential scheme that emanated from a focus on the health and well-being of tenants.

by Andrew Whalley

Cooling with Sunlight


Using the heat of the sun to create an oasis of cool in the hottest city in Spain, the British Pavilion for Expo ’92 reinterpreted aspects of the local building vernacular with a new material palette and a bit of world’s fair showmanship.

by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

Harvesting Sunlight


The advent of the glasshouse created not only a new type of architecture but building principles that we can still learn from and utilize in today’s resource-minded world.

by Andrew Whalley