Shades of the past – a low carbon masterplan for Oman city

Madinat Al Irfan, in Oman, is set to redefine sustainable design in the Middle East. Alex Smith talks to the masterplanners behind a city aiming to halve energy and water use by allying smart building with traditional Omani design principles

National Gallery of Ireland’s hidden services

Refurbishment of the National Gallery of Ireland required tight environmental control in the galleries, but there was minimal space to make this happen, writes Chris Croly

Film noir: Avoiding sky glow in the South Downs

Lights, curtain calls and lofty ambitions were thrown into the spotlight when an old brewery was converted into a cinema in Sussex– but awards soon followed, writes Daniel Howes

Greenwich hotel opens door to district heating

The InterContinental Hotel at the O2 was linked to the local heat network after designers convinced the developer of its resilience. Phil Lattimore describes Aecom’s low-carbon strategy

Art of restoration: The Mackintosh Building

Timber-lined ventilation ducts helped spread the fire that destroyed large parts of Glasgow’s Mackintosh Building – but those very same ducts have been given a key role in the building services of the refurbished landmark, says Andy Pearson