This month’s news digest look back and forward: aIn this edition, we summon up the architectural projects that left their mark in 2023 and ask ourselves: will AI make the aspect of human creativity irrelevant soon? We also take a look at three approaches that will help us reduce the carbon footprint of architecture and construction.

3 solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of architecture projects

Historically, architecture has always been about identifying people’s needs and transforming them into thoughtfully designed habitable structures. But in today’s context of sustainable construction, that no longer cuts it. If it wants to effectively achieve decarbonization, the construction sector needs to think cyclically and embrace innovative and sustainable solutions.

Arch Daily deep-dived into three approaches across the building cycle that will help reduce architecture’s carbon footprint: building better with less, making buildings sustainable and driving circular construction by taking recycling one step further. Read the full story.


5 iconic architectural projects completed in 2023

Even with a few months to go, we can safely state it’s been an extraordinary year for architecture and design. Several groundbreaking projects across the globe undeniably left a mark in 2023. 

This list highlights five long-awaited completions, from the mesmerizing new Orionis Planetarium by Snøhetta in Douai, France to the stunning expansion of the American Museum of Natural History in New York by Studio Gang. Other featured architects in the list include MVRDV, Zaha Hadid Architects, and OMA in collaboration with Shohei Shigematsu. Here’s the complete list. 


Architects vs. AI: who will design the future?

According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 90% of architecture firms expect to use (more) artificial intelligence over the next three years. This raises an important question: will architects remain the primary creators of our built environment, or will AI take over in a few years' time? 

Arch Daily examines the game-changing impact AI tools have today and weighs it up against the indispensable role of human creativity. The million-dollar question is: will the humanistic approach of architects remain essential to design, or will AI one day be able to do things without us? Read the full story.